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China’s new early warning aircraft makes maiden flight


As China builds aircraft carriers, it was expected to develop a carrier-based airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) system — and that appears to be happening with the recent progress of the KJ-600. Unverified photos posted on social media show the fixed-wing aircraft recently made its first test flight, Ordnance Industry Science Technology, a Xi’an-based … Continue reading

After stealth J-20, China’s next fighter-jet could be a super F-35 copycat


In its endeavours of achieving the “world-class military” status, China’s military and its defence industry may have taken a significant step in the right direction with the development of its first sixth-generation fighter jet, which experts claim to be a superior version of the US F-35s. According to a technical paper published by Yang Wei, … Continue reading

China unveils its own ‘mother of all bombs’ that is stealth, precision-guided & can drop 240 bombs


China recently unveiled its new 500 kg missile system Tianlei 500 which translates to ‘Sky Thunder’. People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) new munition dispenser and how it can be used to attack targets were featured in a defence programme on state broadcaster CCTV-7. The 500kg precision-guided munitions dispenser and the air-to-surface missile has wings and a … Continue reading

China unveils two-seater design for stealth plane based on J-20 fighter


China is developing a new generation two-seater stealth warplane, based on its most advanced fighter the J-20, intended as an early-warning aircraft that will serve as a command centre for other weapons such as fighter jets and rocket launchers. Chengdu Aircraft Design Institute (CADI), developer of the J-20, is working on the breakthrough variant which … Continue reading

Wanted: Chinese navy pilots with the right stuff


The main fear of US fighter pilots in Vietnam, was not being shot down by SAM missiles. It wasn’t even the unreliability of Sidewinder missiles, which often failed after going from the cold confines of 30,000+ feet, down to the steamy jungles of Southeast Asia. It was landing back on the carrier they took off … Continue reading

Deception is key to Chinese military strategies


The role of deception in military operations has long been valued by Chinese military leaders and strategists. Despite this long tradition, few studies on Chinese military power touch on the People’s Liberation Army (PLA)’s use of deception. China regards deception as a key component of national security policy and military planning, and PLA leaders continue … Continue reading

Stealth UAVs could give China’s Type-076 assault carrier more firepower


The Chinese Navy is building assault carriers to support amphibious operations, like a possible invasion of Taiwan or landings on disputed islands in the South China Sea. The first two ships, called LHDs (landing helicopter docks) in naval terminology, are still being outfitted. But information is already emerging suggesting that the follow-on design, the Type-076, … Continue reading

Meet China’s Type 055: Beijing’s very own Zumwalt Stealth Destroyer?


The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy is preparing to deploy a new, stealthy, heavily armed high-tech class of Type 055 destroyer intended to offer sea attack, air defenses and wartime support to carriers to carriers and amphibs at war on the open ocean. Here’s What You Need To Remember: Commissioned earlier this year in January, … Continue reading

Chinese army demonstrates rifle-size railgun prototypes


According to Liu Xuanzun on Global Times, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has miniaturized an electromagnetic railgun and developed pistol- and rifle-sized synchronous induction coilgun prototypes. These weapons’ technical capabilities were recently revealed to the general public for the first time in a demonstration session. Developed by the PLA Army Logistics University, the weapons, … Continue reading

Large number of Chinese troops amassed along India’s border


China has deployed large numbers of troops and weapons along a disputed Himalayan border in violation of bilateral agreements, India’s foreign ministry said on Thursday, accusing Beijing of escalating tensions and triggering a deadly clash last week. “At the heart of the matter is that since early May the Chinese side had been amassing a … Continue reading

Chinese navy has commissioned Z-20F/J naval version of Z-20 helicopter


According to pictures released by the China Defense Blog on June 20, 2020, the Chinese Navy has commissioned Z-20F also called Z-20J by other Chinese sources, a naval version of the Chinese-made Harbin Z-20 medium-lift utility helicopter produced by the Harbin Aircraft Industry Group (HAIG). A picture of the naval version of the Z-20 was … Continue reading

China’s global Navy eyeing sea control by 2030, superiority by 2049


I assess that the PLA Navy by 2030 will consist of a surface force of over 450 ships and a submarine force approaching 110 submarines, an almost 10% increase from my 2015 estimate. It may still be a low estimate. In June 2018, I stood aboard the fantail of the PLA Navy guided missile frigate … Continue reading

US military ban locks two Chinese universities out of popular software


Two Chinese universities with close ties to the military have been banned from using a US-developed computer software platform amid tensions between China and the United States over technology. The US Department of Commerce added the Harbin Institute of Technology and Harbin Engineering University to its “entity list” late last week, barring them from access … Continue reading

China’s military has not reached superpower status just yet


Here’s What You Need To Remember: It’s no secret that China has been moving away from a huge, low-tech peasant military to a smaller, more agile and high-tech force. Still, there is plenty in the paper to disturb the West as well as China’s Asian neighbors. China will continue to replace older aircraft and ships with … Continue reading

China just added two new nuclear missile submarines to its fleet


Here’s What You Need To Remember: What is clear, however, is that the Chinese government is telling the world that the DF-100 is a hypersonic, regional-level anti-ship missile that will impose a new, challenging threat-vector for long-range attacks against large warships over a thousand miles of China’s coastline. On October 1, 2019, the People’s Liberation … Continue reading

Chinese PLA Navy Shandong Type 001A aircraft carrier conducts sea trials


During a press conference that was held on Friday May 29, 2020, the Chinese Ministry of National Defense, has announced that the Chinese Navy (PLA People’s Liberation Armed Forces) is conducting sea trials for aircraft carrier Type 001A Shandong in accordance with the arrangement of the annual trial plan, said Senior Colonel Ren Guoqiang, spokesperson … Continue reading

US Navy warns China ‘you don’t want to play laser tag with us’ after a Chinese destroyer fired a military-grade laser at a US aircraft


The US Navy warned China on social media after one of the Asian nation’s warships fired a military-grade laser at a US aircraft, telling them: “You don’t want to play laser tag with us.” US Pacific Fleet said in a statement on Thursday that the Chinese Type 052D Luyang III-class destroyer Hohhot (hull number 161) … Continue reading

US says Chinese warship fired military laser at US aircraft


The US Navy said Thursday that a Chinese military warship fired a military grade laser at US Navy P-8 surveillance aircraft last week while it was flying over the Pacific Ocean, an action that the US Navy called “unsafe and unprofessional.” The People’s Republic of China “navy destroyer’s actions were unsafe and unprofessional,” US Pacific … Continue reading

Real-Life Iron Man? China is developing military exoskeletons


China has joined the Great Exoskeleton Arms Race. With America and Russia developing exoskeletons—essentially the powered armor suits depicted in science fiction and superhero films like Starship Troopers and Iron Man—it was inevitable that China would follow suit. In October 2019, the People’s Liberation Army’s Army Equipment Department held a competition for the best exoskeleton … Continue reading

China paid a big price for stealing a Russian fighter jet design


Remember that Russian carrier-based jet that China copied without permission? Those airplanes are crashing, and Russia doesn’t seem too broken up about it. Though Russia and China are now friends, even holding joint exercises, Russia’s Sputnik News recently trotted out an article titled “Chinese Navy Short on Carrier-Based Fighters, Only Has Problem-Ridden J-15.” The J-15 … Continue reading

A dramatic before and after look at China’s first aircraft carrier


A picture of China’s first aircraft carrier before it was eventually completed has surfaced on the Chinese internet. The images showed up on Tencent’s microblog and show a rusty, unfinished hulk. The ship, built for the USSR but never completed, was towed to China where it eventually became the carrier Liaoning. The article also lists … Continue reading

Make no mistake: China would destroy U.S. cities in a nuclear war


When one reads enough Chinese naval literature, diagrams of multi-axial cruise missile saturation attacks against aircraft carrier groups may begin to seem normal. However, one particular graphic from the October 2015 issue (p. 32) of the naval journal Naval & Merchant Ships [舰船知识] stands out as both unusual and singularly disturbing. It purports to map … Continue reading

China built its J-20 stealth fighter aircraft without any guns


China’s J-20 stealth fighter doesn’t have a gun. That could be a problem for the Chinese air force. Observers of the twin-engine stealth fighter long had speculated that the J-20 lacks a cannon. Photography of J-20s since the type’s first flight in January 2011 hadn’t revealed bulges or openings that might point to an internal … Continue reading

Pilot shortages could ground China’s plans to develop combat-ready aircraft carrier fleet


A shortage of naval pilots is holding back Beijing’s ambitions to develop a truly combat-ready fleet, military analysts have said. China officially commissioned its second aircraft carrier the Shandong last week, which means it will need at least 70 pilots, along with more supporting flight officers. However, plans to further expand its fleet to five … Continue reading

A jungle airstrip stirs suspicions about China’s plans for Cambodia


The Chinese military’s “string of pearls” strategy depends on far-flung regional outposts. Some think Cambodia is becoming one. When completed next year on a remote stretch of shoreline, Dara Sakor International Airport will boast the longest runway in Cambodia, complete with the kind of tight turning bay favored by fighter jet pilots. Nearby, workers are … Continue reading

China commissions 2nd aircraft carrier, challenging U.S. dominance


China commissioned its first domestically built aircraft carrier on Tuesday, reaching a new milestone in its ambitions to build a modern navy capable of challenging American dominance of the seas, especially in the Pacific. China’s leader, Xi Jinping, presided over a commissioning ceremony at the Chinese naval base in Sanya, on the southern island of … Continue reading

China is not as strong as it seems


American opinion has moved away from its once-benign view of China. That older view, still favored by many business people, held that a prosperous China would threaten its neighbors less than a poor China, and anyway would offer the United States great economic advantages. Accordingly, this view recommended that the West engage China in a … Continue reading

China’s J-20 stealth fighter is capable, but has some big flaws


Reports say China put its stealth fighter — the J-20 — into service last month. The aircraft, built by the Chengdu Aerospace Corporation, is a twin-engine multi-role fighter that can reach speeds of 2,100 kilometers per hour. It’s believed the J-20 will have two primary missions. First, it could be deployed as a long range … Continue reading

China’s plan to fight a nuclear war against America is to nuke U.S. cities


When one reads enough Chinese naval literature, diagrams of multi-axial cruise missile saturation attacks against aircraft carrier groups may begin to seem normal. However, one particular graphic from the October 2015 issue (p. 32) of the naval journal Naval & Merchant Ships [舰船知识] stands out as both unusual and singularly disturbing. It purports to map … Continue reading

China’s plan for six aircraft carriers just ‘sank’


China reportedly is slowing its plan to acquire two aircraft carriers for each of its regional fleets. Instead of speeding ahead with the development of a six-carrier fleet — two each for the northern, eastern and southern fleets — the Chinese navy could stop after acquiring flattop number four. “Plans for a fifth [carrier] have … Continue reading

China has a new aircraft carrier, but a lack of fighter jets that can use it


Is China’s newest aircraft carrier half-full or half-empty? That depends on how you look at the vessel’s aircraft capacity. The ship, prosaically named the Type 001A for now, is China’s second carrier and the first built in China. The first carrier, the Liaoning, is a refurbished ex-Soviet vessel. The Liaoning could carry twenty-four J-15 fighters. … Continue reading

China says aircraft carrier on way to South China Sea after Taiwan passage


China’s first domestically-built aircraft carrier is on its way to the South China Sea for tests and to take part in exercises, the Chinese navy said on Monday, after sailing through the Taiwan Strait in a mission denounced by Taipei as intimidation. Taiwan’s defense ministry said on Sunday a Chinese carrier group led by the … Continue reading

Fire the missiles! The U.S. navy is ready to sink China’s new aircraft carriers


Ah, yes, the “carrier-killer.” China is forever touting the array of guided missiles its weaponeers have devised to pummel U.S. Navy nuclear-powered aircraft carriers (CVNs). Most prominent among them are its DF-21D and DF-26 antiship ballistic missiles (ASBMs), which the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has made a mainstay of China’s anti-access/area-denial (A2/AD) defenses. Beijing has … Continue reading

China’s J-20 stealth fighter is built on stolen F-35 technology


Photos of the J-20 provide an up close and personal look at the fuselage of the new interceptor. But the photos also appear to show a sensor system that looks awfully similar to the Lockheed Martin Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS) on the front of the F-35 Lighting II. There’s a reason for this: In 2007, … Continue reading

Canada needs to plan ways to meet China’s military challenge


Forget for a moment Canada’s grave dispute with China over the extradition proceedings in Vancouver involving a Huawei executive. As the New York Times reminded readers last week, China has even gone after that most Canadian of bears, Winnie the Pooh. The orphaned bear cub from White River, Ont., a First World War vet of … Continue reading

Is China’s DF-26 missile a real threat to U.S. navy aircraft carriers?


Last year, Chinese state media reported that a new brigade of Beijing’s most advanced intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) has been “activated.” The newly commissioned brigade is armed with the Dong Feng-26 (DF-26) IRBM. According to the Diplomat, “Video footage carried in Chinese state media showed at least 22 integrated six-axle DF-26 transporter-erector-launchers along with their … Continue reading

China’s Communist Party shows military might in 70th anniversary parade


China’s Communist Party celebrated its 70th anniversary in power with a military parade Tuesday that showcased its growing might and strategic ambitions. An honour guard carrying the Chinese flag through Tiananmen Square, the country’s symbolic political heart, before thousands of spectators who waved flags. Artillery guns fired a salute. President Xi Jinping, wearing a gray … Continue reading

China’s navy to unveil large underwater robot at National Day parade


The Fourth Industrial Revolution is unleashing a new generation of autonomous underwater robots that will fundamentally change the way future naval wars are fought. T he U.S. Navy surely has an advantage, being slightly further along the development and doctrinal path than other less well-funded navies. But as is the nature of AI and robotics, … Continue reading

Back in 2010, the U.S. navy surfaced 3 elite submarines to warn China what could happen in a war


In 2010, China was given a glimpse of what could happen in a war. Nuclear powers rarely go to war with each other, but that doesn’t mean they don’t threaten to do so. Indeed, military posturing is an integral part of what Forrest Morgan, an analyst for the RAND Corporation, called “crisis stability.” In other words, “building … Continue reading

China is speeding ahead with plans for stealth fighters on its aircraft carriers


The competition had been between the Chengdu Aerospace Corporation’s J-20 and the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation’s FC-31 over which aircraft would fly from China’s next generation of aircraft carriers. And the winner is…the J-20, according to the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post. A Chinese military source told the Post that the Central Military Commission favored … Continue reading

China unveils DR-8 supersonic spy drone during National Day military parade rehearsal


China’s supersonic spy drone was unveiled for the first time during a weekend rehearsal for the National Day military parade on October 1, according to photographs circulating on social media. The photos, which have prompted discussion among military enthusiasts, show at least two types of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) – identified as the DR-8 or … Continue reading

Is China’s new H-20 stealth bomber America’s worst nightmare?


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 and Indian soldiers face-off in Ladakh


Soldiers of India and China were engaged in a face-off near Pangong Tso lake in eastern Ladakh on Wednesday, which ended after a local delegation-level meeting, Army sources said. “An Indian Army team that was on patrol near Pangong Tso was objected to by the Chinese side. Our soldiers held ground as they were on … Continue reading

Chinese combat drones are cheap but effective, and they are headed to Europe


Chinese combat drones are reportedly headed to Europe for the first time, highlighting China’s growing presence in an important part of the international arms market as countries around the world look more closely at unmanned systems for warfighting. Serbia is expected to take delivery of nine Chengdu Pterodactyl-1 (Wing Loong) drones within the next six … Continue reading

How China built its own J-20 stealth fighter from secret F-35 information


Although the two electro-optical systems pictured above are not identical, they share quite a few similarities in shape and placement: compared to the Eurofighter or Su-57’s electro-optical systems and Infrared Tracking Systems (IRTS), respectively, which are also mounted on top of the fuselage, the differences between the Lockheed Martin and J-20’s Systems are relatively minor. … Continue reading

Carriers, missiles, submarines and stealth: China’s military has arrived


China is believed to possess as many as 1,200 short-range missiles and up to 300 intermediate range missiles, according to a Pentagon report. Aircraft carriers, stealth fighters, anti-satellite weapons, drones, cyber attack technology and a growing arsenal of ballistic missiles are all among a series of Chinese weapons said to present serious concerns for Pentagon … Continue reading

Is China’s upcoming ‘super’ stealth fighter the end of the U.S. F-35?


Chinese scientists claim they have developed a new kind of material for making aircraft less detectable by radar. But the development probably is not the breakthrough that some observers claim it is. Prof. Luo Xiangang and colleagues at the Institute of Optics and Electronics, part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Chengdu, said they … 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

South China Sea showdown: China vs Vietnam


Chinese incursions into Vietnam’s EEZ are by no means a new phenomenon. The most serious recent incident occurred in 2014, when China deployed an oil rig into Vietnam’s EEZ, sparking a diplomatic crisis between the two neighbors. The current situation near Vanguard Bank, however, represents a more serious challenge on several levels. The Haiyang Dizhi … Continue reading

China could overwhelm US military in Asia in hours, Australian report says


A new study by a think tank warns the U.S. has lost its military supremacy in the Indo-Pacific region, with China being able to launch and win a military conflict even before American forces are able to respond. The University of Sydney’s United States Study Center released a study on Friday detailing the profound changes it … Continue reading

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