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China: Various types of AEW&C aircraft provide 24-hour combat capability

Chinese Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft

Chinese Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft

Various types of airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft took off by turns to fly one after another incessantly all day and night.

On the morning of April 3, a certain division of PLA air force successfully concluded a 24-hour continuous training it organised.

Division commander Lu Jian told a reporter that the results of the training indicated that China’s airborne early warning forces have acquired 24-hour early warning capability, and are able to take off at any time to fulfil on-duty combat tasks.

The reporter saw on the screen at the command post that in the 24 hours from 8.00 am yesterday to 8.00 am today, various types of AEW&C took off one after another by turns and data from air combat theatre came pouring into the high-speed data processing system and displayed at the terminals.

Several dozen kinds of combat factors in the air, on the ground and at sea appeared on the screens. Various specific conditions made various kinds of combat service people on duty busy to deal with.

Commander Li Jingguo told the reporter that through actual combat drills of the early warning command system, the troops’ quick response ability had been greatly enhanced.

Improvement of combat capability by leaps and bounds is the result of actual-war training. At a certain area in Central China, coordinated drill of early warning forces with a certain mechanised army division was carried out to direct the advance of motorised ground force.

At sea and in the sky in the South China Sea, AEW&C aircraft direct various kinds of other aircraft, and large groups of aircraft, to attack at sea far away from home and open up new routes in unfamiliar sea areas.

Aat the plateau in the Northwest, they directed the long-distance movement of various kinds of aircraft of the PLA army and air force, and their joint military drills.

In the vast East China Sea, they provided long-distance air situation early warning and information for navy troops and warships.

A firm stride forward in enhancing all-time early warning capability has been made by that 24-hour continuous rolling training.

With one aircraft in the sky to watch everywhere around it, we are able to see everything in the vast sky.

From commissioned flights to performance of the on-duty task of combat in the few years since the division was switched into an AEW&C division, it has fulfilled over 50 major tasks assigned by the upper level.

It has thus taken a course full of difficulties and challenges. In this continuous rolling training, it set many records of AEW&C training in range limit, strength limit, duration-of-flight limit, and similar feats.

Source: PLA Daily “PLA announces 24-hour combat capability formed by various types of AEW&C aircrafts” (translated from Chinese by Chan Kai Yee)

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Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee

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