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China’s bid to challenge Boeing and Airbus falters

Development of China’s C919 single-aisle plane, already at least five years behind schedule, is going slower than expected, a dozen people familiar with the program told Reuters, as the state-owned Commercial Aircraft Corporation (COMAC) struggles with a range of technical issues that have severely restricted test flights. Delays are common in complex aerospace programs, but … Continue reading

China’s version of the B-2 stealth bomber, the H-20 stealth bomber

In October 2018, Chinese media announced that the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) would publicly unveil its new H-20 stealth bomber during a parade celebrating the air arm’s seventieth anniversary in 2019. Prior news of the H-20’s development had been teased using techniques pioneered by viral marketing campaigns for Hollywood movies. For example, the … Continue reading

Chinese jets intercept US aircraft over East China Sea, US says

Two Chinese Sukhoi Su-30 jets have conducted an “unprofessional” intercept of a US aircraft, the US military said. One of the Chinese jets came as close as 150ft (45m) to the US WC-135 plane and flew upside down above it, according to US officials cited by CNN. The US says the plane was on a … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, August 29, 2016

The battlefronts are solidifying. China has expanded into cooperation with Russia, aircraft engine manufacturing, and diplomatic arenas. G20 is a hoped-for tool that could make China an international giant. China wants in on Syria, just as the US and Russia may be reaching something to label as an “agreement”. While China has managed to insult … Continue reading

Japan eyes air superiority over China in talks with western defence contractors

Japan has opened talks with Western defence contractors about building a new generation of fighter jets, sources say, in what would mark an important milestone in Tokyo’s strategy to maintain its air superiority over rival China. The discussions with defence companies including Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Ltd come as Japan readies its ATD-X experimental … Continue reading

China to merge aircraft engine producers to make top aircraft engines

The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: According to a China Times’ report carried on mil.huanqiu.com, in order to pool all resources for the production of aircraft engines that must catch up with the products of world advanced aircraft engine producers such as CFM international by 2020, … Continue reading

China has made successful test flights of new types of advanced aircraft engines

The following is based on a translation from a Chinese news site: Mil.huanqiu.com says in its recent report on China’s the development of aircraft engines that AVIC (Aviation Industry Corporation of China) Turbine Institute has developed a derivative series of core prototypes since the beginning of this century. Now, with abundant funds from the state, … Continue reading

China says its home-grown large aircraft are a new driving force for China’s manufacturing sector

Chinese government’s primetime TV news CCTV  yesterday gave first place to its report on China’s three new large aircraft. It said that China’s efforts in developing large aircraft have reached the harvesting stage. General assembly of China’s AG600, the world’s largest amphibious aircraft, began yesterday and construction of China’s C919 airliner will begin soon. China’s … Continue reading

China using ground effect aircraft to strengthen its claim in the South China Sea

The following is based on a translation from Chinese media: China reported some time ago that it was developing large ground effect vehicles as a means of transport between China’s artificial islands in the South China Sea. In this way, China hopes to strengthen its claim on the South China Sea A ground effect vehicle … Continue reading

China’s military drone has new radar with resolution of 10 cm at 8000 metre height

The following is based on a translation from Chinese media: Mil.huanqiu.com carries news.cn’s report on cooperation between military and civilian enterprises in weapon development. The report reveals that the No. 2 Research Institute of China’s Aerospace Science & Industry Corp. (CASIC) has developed the SAR radar technology. This has a resolution rate of 0.1 metre … Continue reading

Russia may help China develop VTOL J-31 stealth fighter jet

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. There are only two countries in the world that have the technology to build VTOL … Continue reading

Chinese military experts downplay capabilities of J-20 jet fighter “aircraft carrier killer”

The following is based on a translation from Chinese media: China’s official media mil.huanqiu.com has provided information about the J-20 from well-known Chinese military experts who are also Chinese military insiders. Regarding a Russian media report that China’s J-20 stealth fighter jet has obtained the capabilities as a “aircraft carrier killer” and will be commissioned … Continue reading

By making graphene affordable, China says it can now make the best aircraft and spacecraft in the world

China Aviation Daily says in its report that Shou-en Zhu, a Chinese PhD candidate at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, has designed and made a high-temperature oven to produce high-quality graphene, which will hopefully enable the mass production of graphene at low cost. A Global Times report last May made description of graphene as … Continue reading

Chinese spies stole F-35 fighter design

U.S. National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden said Chinese spies stole a huge volume of data related to Lockheed’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Australian Associated Press reported, and military experts say Beijing likely used the information to help develop its latest generation of fighters. Snowden shared signals data documenting the Chinese theft with German magazine Der … Continue reading

China’s aircraft carrier has fatal weakness – vulnerable if too far away from China

The following is translated from Chinese media: China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, is said to have obtained initial operational capability after its recent test of intensive taking off and landing of J-15 carrier-based aircraft. However, it has its fatal weakness: the lack of a fixed-wing airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft, as it … Continue reading

China claims H-18 stealth bomber is able to reach Guam with nuclear weapons

An US military photo website carries a report on China’s plan to build the H-18 stealth bomber, which is a stealth fighter–bomber instead of a strategic bomber. The bomber is 28 to 30 metres long, much smaller than the US B-1B’s 44 meters length. According to foreign military fans’ speculation, the H-18 has a range … Continue reading

China has technology to build VTOL J-20 stealth fighter jet

According to Russian Military-Industry Courier weekly and US Aviation News Weekly speculation, China has obtained from Russia the technology for a VTOL fighter jet, and will probably develop a VTOL version of the J-20 stealth fighter jet. The technology was formerly used in Russia’s Yak-141 VTOL fighter. A prototype of the R-79-300 engine used in … Continue reading

China hopes to snatch sales from US with J-31 4th-generation fighter jet

Huanqiu.com says in an article by its special military commentator Lei Ze, “In the afternoon of August 23, test flight of the J-31 ‘Gyrfalcon’ fourth-generation stealth fighter was carried out again. Sources say that recently the fighter has been tested with unusually great frequency. The said the test flight followed those on August 8 and … Continue reading

China’s J-20 stealth fighter: Finalisation test flight and interior weapon cabin

According to reports by Chinese media, at about 16:00 hours on July 6, 2013, China’s fourth-generation stealth fighter jet J-20 no. 2002 took off again at the aircraft plant in Chengdu for the test flight centre in Xian. This indicated that the work of test flying the J-20 has entered a new stage. On May … Continue reading

Taxi test of China’s first unmanned stealth attack aircraft

Mil.huanqiu.com gives a long report on China’s first unmanned stealth attack aircraft Sharp Sword (Lijian). It is not an official report, but speculation about Sharp Sword and a description of similar foreign designs. The most valuable are three recent photos of the aircraft undergoing a taxi test, which are posted at Tiananmens Tremendous Achievements blog. … Continue reading

China has established its first carrier-borne aviation force

Singtao says in its comprehensive report, “The Chinese navy’s first carrier-borne aviation force was formally established yesterday. It marked the existence of a carrier-borne combat force on China’s aircraft carrier, and the Chinese navy is soon obtaining a blue sea air attack force. The progress of China’s development of its aircraft carrier is much quicker … Continue reading

China’s version of Russia’s Su-34 bomber will finish wind tunnel test soon

Russian Military Industry Complex network reported on April 9: China is developing the J-17, a tactical bomber similar to the Russian Su-34. The reporter has learnt from Russian Zhukovsky Central Aerodynamic Research Institute that at present, a tunnel test for the model of the J-17 bomber will soon be completed. China has already had the … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

China’s alternative aircraft carrier – amphibious attack vessel with VTOL fighters

Hebei Satellite TV says that according to CCTV4 report on November 13, 2012, a PLA major general said that China was developing a new generation of 40,000-ton grade amphibious attack vessels. The warship is capable of carrying various kinds of landing equipment, with the core capability of joint marine and air delivery of forces. It … Continue reading

China: Liaoning aircraft carrier will have a squadron of aircraft this year

According to CCTV, in an interview with media, NPC (National People’s Congress–China’s parliament) deputy Zhang Yongyi disclosed that this year, the Liaoning “may conduct distant-water tests as such tests are indispensable for an aircraft carrier. Without exception, all aircraft carriers must undergo distant-water tests before its structure can be finalised and its combat capability can … Continue reading

China: What would it take?

A friend recently asked me, “Hypothetically, what would it take to tip the tables, break the silence, and move from military escalation in East Asia into either war or peace?” It was actually quite an easy question to answer. The same event could push the tide either way, though there’s no way of knowing in … Continue reading

“Flying Shark” J-15 flies for China

China has shown the world the navy fighter J-15, called the “Flying Shark.” The plane, a copy of the Russian Su-33, will soon be the strength of the Chinese military. On Sunday morning, it landed for the first time on the newly commissioned aircraft carrier “Liaoning”. The Chinese military say it is as good as … Continue reading

China-made aircraft carrier will be launched next year

Singtao Daily reports Thursday: Sources say that China is now building two aircraft carriers, one of which, a new one entirely built by China on its own, will be launched next year at the earliest. As for China’s carrier-based aircraft, which remains a mystery now, Singtao quotes Xu Yong, a teacher at Air Force Command … Continue reading

US Technology in China’s new antisubmarine aircraft

Hong Kong newspaper The Mirror magazine reports that China has finalised the development of its newest large antisubmarine aircraft Gaoxin-6, and will formally commission it in the future. Gaoxin 6 is equal to or surpasses US P-3C antisubmarine aircraft in its functions and will greatly enhance PLA’s antisubmarine capacity. The report says that only Russia, … Continue reading

Successful first flight of second prototype of J20

According to Singtao Daily comprehensive report, the second prototype of J20 stealth fighter aircraft, China’s fifth-generation of combat aircraft, made its first flight in Chengdu in the afternoon of May 16. The aircraft flew for approximately 20 minutes and then landed safely. The flight is said to be a complete success. In its report, the … Continue reading

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