The following is based on a translation from Chinese media:
Russia’s sputniknews.cn website reported that China tried to develop vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) fighters in the 1960s and 1970s, but failed. Now China is again considering building such fighters.
Russia is experienced not only in making the special engines but also quite a few other devices for VTOL fighters, for example the ejection seat for the pilot to escape when the VTOL fighter jet has a problem in taking off or landing.
Russia has said it can help it can help China develop the VTOL J-31.
Source: mil.huanqiu.com “Russian media: China will perhaps want VTOL J-31, which Russia can help develop” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)
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