Chinese Aviation Industry Milestones In 2013 Review

In the year 2013 many of China's new military aviation projects appeared, so it was very exciting for all the  followers of the PLAAF . Although there weren't as many news coming out this year about J-20 and J-31 stealth fighters, many other projects really came out and took center stage.

Y-20 - Although we started see pictures of Y-20 performing low speed taxiing late last year, it did not make it's maiden flight until late January of this year. The second Y-20 prototype made its maiden flight very recently. It looks like this program is progressing well so far. PLAAF is desperate for something like Y-20 to not only do the role of strategic transport but also as the platform for next generation AWACS (and other C4ISR roles), large aerial tanker and airborne laser platform. It has been forced to purchase a number of refurbished IL-76s from Russia in the past couple of years as a stop gap until Y-20 comes into service in 3 to 5 years. I think there is a chance that they will also purchase some new built IL-476 since the production rate for Y-20 is likely to be low in the beginning. In my opinion, this is the most important aviation project for PLA.

J-20/J-31 - It has been a less eventful year for the 5th generation projects. Many of us expect the prototype 2003 to come out this year, but we were disappointed for most of the year (although there is some recent photo that indicate 2003 might be ready). It looks like major improvements are to be made in this third prototype, whereas the first 2 are probably more like technology demonstrators. J-31 has been making some more test flights, but it's not known at the moment what exact role it will have for PLAAF. Similar to J-20, this first prototype is probably more like a technology demonstrator while 601 Institute works on creating a prototype that satisifies all of PLAAF requirements.

Flanker family - While rumours about Su-35 purchase continues unabated, we do know that J-15 project has moved to production stage this year. We are still waiting to see production version of J-15 to appear on CV-16. That will probably happen next year. It looks like J-16 project is also moving toward a first pre-production batch. J-11B/S production has continued this year, but will probably be replaced by J-16 very soon. At which point, J-15 will be produced for the naval aviation and J-16 will be for the air force. J-16 and J-10B are likely to be the main multirole fighters in PLAAF until the 5th generation aircraft enters service.

Chengdu Aircraft Industry Developing More Advanced J-10C Fighter

The J-10B fighter jet — the upgrade version of China's J-10A fighter — recently entered service with the People's Liberation Army Air Force(PLAAF), while its designer Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group is already working on the more advanced version J-10C.
Equipped with an active electronically scanned array radar, the J-10B has the capability to take out Japan's F-15J fighters if an aerial confrontation were to occur over the disputed Diaoyutai islands (called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China) in the East China Sea. The fighter is also built with radar absorbent material and better diverterless supersonic inlet(DSI), while its stealth capability has also been increased compared to its predecessor, the J-10A.

J-10B Fighter Jet
J-10B Fighter Jet
China is the only nation in the world which has the ability to build its own diverterless supersonic inlet(DSI) other than the United States of America, the report said. With this technology, the J-10B is believed to be the best 4.5 generation fighter in the Asia-Pacific region. Its helmet-mounted display system designed for J-10B pilots reacts very fast and it is also very similar to the US-built F-16E/F Block 60 and French-built Rafale.

China's New Stealth Fighters J-23 and J-25 Revealed

The J-20 and J-31, China's first two stealth fighter Designs, are still in the developmental stages, however secrets regarding the nation's other two fifth generation fighters, the J-23 and J-25, have been revealed on Chinese military websites(Chinese Internet).
The J-23 fighter, designed by the Shenyang Aviation Corporation, is no longer an aircraft based on Russian technology, the report said. Shenyang Aviation Corporation has instead chosen to model the J-23 based on the F-22 Raptor of the United States Air Force as it will provide the People's Liberation Army Air Force or Navy Air Force a better chance to combat American fighters in a potential or a future conflict with America(USA).
According to the leaked news report, the J-23 has a longer fuselage and two v-shape vertical tails which look very similar to the ones used by the F-22 Raptor. If China is able to introduce a 117-S thrust vector control engine from Russia or develop it by itself, the maneuverability of J-23 will also be enhanced gradually, the report said.
China's military has yet to provide details on the development of the J-23, however some political and military analysts, said that the J-23 fighter has already been used in military drills as an enemy aircraft due to its similar appearance to the F-22 Raptor.

China Conducts First Test Flight OF Z-20 Helicopter


 China Conducts First Successful Test Flight OF Z-20 Helicopter.Z-20 is a new general purpose transport helicopter in 10+ ton  class developed for the People Liberation Army.It was speculated to be based on American S-70C currently still in service with PLA but also shares some common features with Z-10.

Z-20 Helicopter
Z-20 Helicopter

China Conducts Test Firing OF Newly Developed DF-41 ICBM

China’s military conducts the second flight test firing of its newest long-range missile(DF-41) that is capable of hitting targets in the United States with a nuclear warhead, according to defense officials.

The flight test of the new Dong Feng-41, or DF-41, took place Friday from the Wuzhai missile launch center in Shanxi province to an impact range in western China, said officials familiar with details of the tests.

It was the second test of the new, road-mobile, long-range ICBM that U.S. intelligence agencies assess will be outfitted with up to 10 multiple, independently-targetable reentry vehicles, or MIRVs.

Prior to Friday’s flight test, the last DF-41 flight test took place in mid of 2012.
Pentagon spokesmen did not return emails seeking comment on the missile test.
The most recent test indicates that China’s long-range missile development is continuing, and the missile is raising new concerns about China’s professed nuclear doctrine of not being the first to use nuclear weapons in a conflict.

Disclosure of the nuclear missile flight test comes as tensions remain heightened between the United States and China over the near collision between the USS Cowpens, a guided missile cruiser, and a Chinese navy tank landing ship in the South China Sea on Dec. 5.

The State Department and Pentagon protested the incident, which involved the Chinese ship stopping in the path of the Cowpens, forcing the cruiser to make an abrupt maneuver to avoid a collision. The incident took place near China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning.
The DF-41, with its range of between 6,835 miles and 7,456 miles and expected multiple-warhead capability, is viewed as a potential “first strike” weapon, or a weapon capable of carrying out a surprise nuclear attack that would knock out an enemy’s arsenal and limit its counter strike capability.

A report by the Air Force National Air and Space Intelligence Center made public in May referred to China’s development of a new long-range missile with multiple warheads, in addition to current long-range DF-31 and DF-31 A mobile ICBMs.

US Air Force Plans To Arm Sixth Generation Fighters With Laser Weapons


The Pentagon wants to put high-powered lasers on its fleet of fighter jets in the not-so-distant future to ensure that enemies of the United States don’t stand a chance against America’s state-of-the-art arsenal.

A request for information document posted by the US Air Force on the Federal Business Opportunities website last week indicates that the Department of Defense is already interested in acquiring weaponry that would be used on next-generation aircraft years down the road in anti-access and area denial, or A2/AD, environments in order to safeguard certain interests.

6th generation fighter
6th generation fighter


“The Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) is requesting information describing concepts for airborne laser systems for future air dominance platforms,” the request begins. “The emphasis of this effort is to identify potential laser systems that could be integrated into a platform that will provide air dominance in the 2030+
highly contested Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) environment.”

According to the November 15 request, of particular interest to the Pentagon are laser systems that would be at a technology readiness level of at least category 4 by next October and ready to be demonstrated at a level of TRL 5 or higher by 2022. The DoD’s own rubric with regards to TRL criteria indicates that the Air
Force intends to have a laser system in under a decade where “The basictechnological components are integrated with reasonably realistic supporting elements so they can be tested in a simulated environment.” 

Y-20 Second Prototype Makes Its First Flight


Y-20 Second Prototype
Y-20 Second Prototype

Mass Production OF J-10B Starts For PLAAF


PLAAF J-10B
PLAAF J-10B 

PLAAF J-10B
PLAAF J-10B 

China To Built Two More Aircraft Carriers Between 2014 To 2015

China will construct two conventionally powered aircraft carriers in Dalian and Shanghai between 2014 and 2015, a source from China's Central Military Commission has told.
Under the Commission's Project 048, China aims to establish three carrier battle groups by 2020 so that all three major fleets of the PLA Navy will be able to carry out missions with the full support of an aircraft carrier. The two new Type 001A indigenous carriers will be updated versions of China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, which was originally a Soviet-era Admiral Kuznetsov-class aircraft carrier purchased from Ukraine in 1998. They will also likely be designed with a ski-jump ramp.
Sources said that the General Equipment Department of the PLA has already signed a contract with the Beijing-based China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation to build the two carriers. The price of the two vessels is estimated to be worth US$9 billion.

Russian Media Says China's Lijian Is A Copy of Russian Stealth Drone Design

After China's first stealth combat drone, the Lijian, completed its first test flight on Nov. 21, the Moscow-based "Military Parade" stated that the drone — designed jointly by the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation and Hongdu Aviation Industry Group — is in fact a copy of a Russian design.
The Lijian's 20-minute test flight was completed at an unknown test center located in southwestern China. Photos of the new drone first appeared on the Chinese military website in May this year, with the US-based Strategy Page reporting that the People's Liberation Army may have released the images to demonstrate its military muscle.

China Lijian stealth combat drone
China Lijian stealth combat drone
China is catching up slowly with the United States and Israel in the development of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the US-based Aviation Week said. Taking the Lijian, Wing Loong and CH-4 as examples, the report stated China is able to design and produce various types of drones including hand-launched miniature UAVs and larger long-range reconnaissance drones.
However, the Russian based "Military Parade" claims that China copied the design of Russia's Mikoyan Skat drone. It said the Lijian may employ a RD-93, the upgrade version of the Klimov RD-33 engine equipped by the Skat, as it is widely used in aircraft developed by the Aviation Industry Corporation of China.

Taiwan Developing Weapons Capable UCAV

Taiwan's military is developing a weapons-capable unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with some stealth capabilities at the Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, an official at the institute said
This will be the first armed UAV from the military-run research center, which has developed various tactical drones for surveillance and reconnaissance that cannot carry weapons, according to the source familiar with the institute's project, who requested anonymity.
Unlike previous models, the drone under development boasts short wings, stealth features and a weapons cabin that can carry missiles and bombs, the official said.
"The new UAV would be able to evade radar detection as its body is made from radar-absorbent materials," the official added.

Chung-shan Institute of Science and Technology
Chung-shan Institute of Science and Technology
The revelation came on the sidelines of a defense technology exhibition at Taoyuan County Stadium.
A dazzling array of high-tech devices and equipment developed in civilian and military collaborative projects are on display.
Exhibits featured at the Dec. 6-7 event include a variety of UAVs, Hsiung Feng III anti-ship missiles — also known as Brave Wind III — and Tien Kung III air defense missiles —also known as Sky Bow III — as well as sophisticated devices in the fields of aerospace and green technology.

China Lead The Race To Develop World's First Invisibility Cloak

Scientists on the mainland say they are increasingly confident of developing the world’s first practical invisibility cloak, using technology to hide objects from view and make them “disappear’’.

At least 40 research teams have been funded by the central government over the past three years to develop the idea, which in recent decades has largely been the stuff of science fiction and fantasy novels like the Harry Potter series than science fact.

The technology would have obvious military uses, such as developing stealth aircraft, but Beijing believes the research could lead to wider technological breakthroughs with broader uses, scientists involved in the research said.

The teams involved include researchers at Tsinghua University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The main approaches are developing materials that guide light away from an object; creating electromagnetic fields to bend light away from what you are trying to hide, plus copying nature to make high-tech camouflage materials.

A team led by professor Chen Hongsheng at Zhejiang University released a video earlier this month demonstrating a device that made fish invisible. The same technology also made a cat “disappear’’.

The device was made of a hexagonal array of glass panels, which bends light around the object, making it disappear from view.

Other teams on the mainland have made similar breakthroughs during their research. Professor Ma Yungui, an optical engineering scientist who also works at Zhejiang University, said his team would soon announce their latest finding: a device that stops objects being detected by heat sensors or metal detectors.

Ma’s device is as large as a match box, but it could be increased in size to allow weapons to pass through security checkpoints. Another potential application is to stop special agents or troops moving at night being caught by infrared cameras.

“Many people have asked me if the technology can be applied on fighter jets so they can get heat-seeking missiles off the tail. Well, we may work on that,’’ he said.

Ma said a useable, practical invisibility cloak might still be decades away as it needed super-materials that could not be produced with current technology, but the central government was still pouring funds into research because the theoretical knowledge gained could produce so many potential spinoffs.

Ma said his team had received funding from the government to develop an invisibility cloak and their device was a byproduct of their research.

“I went to an international forum on invisibility study in Paris last year and found that at least a third of the researchers came from mainland China,” Ma said. “It seems easy to get funds these days. You ask for it, you get it.’’

US Air Force Has Secretly Built RQ-180 a New Stealth Drone

The unmanned drone, dubbed RQ-180, is currently in the testing phase at the top secret Groom Lake air base in Nevada -- the infamous "Area 51" where the Air Force tested the U2 spy planes in the late 1950s, Aviation Week said.
The Air Force refused to comment when contacted by AFP. The new aircraft was reportedly built by Northrop Grumann, the company behind the Global Hawk and the X-47B drones, which landed on air craft carriers for the first time this summer.

The US company may have obtained in 2008 a secret contract on the order of $2 billion to develop the latest drone, according to Aviation Week.

An artistic rendering of the RQ-180 on the cover of the magazine shows a craft with striking resemblance to the X-47B, in particular in lack of rear stabilizer and its so-called "batwing" shape.
It was developed for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions, but "could also be capable of electronic attack missions," the magazine said.

"It is similar in size and endurance to the Global Hawk," which can fly for 24 hours up to 1,200 nautical miles (2,000 kilometers) from its base.

A first generation of unmanned aircraft, the non-stealthy Reapers and Global Hawks, were used in Afghanistan and Iraq, but they were deemed too vulnerable in enemy territory equipped with powerful anti-aircraft defenses.Now the Air Force is slowly turning to stealth drones, better at passing safely over unfriendly territory.

In December 2011, a spy drone that had until then been secret, the RQ-170 Sentinel, crashed 155 miles (250 kilometers) inside Iranian air space.

JF-17 Fighter Jet At Dubai Airshow



JF-17 Fighter Jet At Dubai Airshow
  A FC-1/JF-17 fighter with its weapons, which is the result of a joint China-Pakistan development programme, is seen during the Dubai Airshow in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
              

US Navy Deploys New P-8A Surveillance Aircraft to Japan

The US Navy has deployed sophisticated surveillance aircraft to Japan, officials said Monday, amid rising tension over China's territorial claims in the region.
Two P-8A Poseidon patrol jets departed Jacksonville, Florida on Friday and arrived later at Kadena air base in Okinawa, in a move that was planned before Beijing declared an air defense zone last month covering disputed islands in the East China Sea, a navy official told AFP.
"This was scheduled for a long time," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity."It's a rotational deployment."Four more Poseidon aircraft are due to deploy at Okinawa later this month, the official said.
The assignment to Japan marks the first mission for the new plane, which is replacing the propeller-driven P-3 Orion aircraft that dates back to the 1960s.

US Navy P-8A
US Navy P-8A
The P-8A planes, converted Boeing 737s equipped with advanced radar and anti-ship missiles, are designed to hunt submarines and track other vessels at sea.
On November 23, China announced an expanded air defense identification zone and said aircraft would have to submit flight plans before entering the area, home to disputed islands in the East China Sea.
Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the United States have each sent planes into the zone without informing the Chinese, signalling their refusal to recognize Beijing's declaration.

Chinese 071B Carrier & Vertical Take Off & Landing Fighter Jet


Chinese 071 B Carrier
Chinese 071 B Carrier

Chinese 071 B Carrier Weapon Systems
Chinese 071 B Carrier Weapon Systems

First Flight Of China's Stealth SharpSword Drone (UAV)


First Test Flight of China's Stealth Drone Sharpsword lasts for 17 minutes. Sharpsword is a Chinese Stealth Attack Drone(UAV).

China's Stealth SharpSword Drone
China's Stealth SharpSword Drone

China's Stealth SharpSword Drone
China's Stealth SharpSword Drone

China Announced East Sea Air Defense Zone

China East Sea Air Defense Zone
China East Sea Air Defense Zone

J-10B Shows Comprehensive Improvements Over J-10A

Zhang Jigao, deputy chief designer of the J-10 fighter, spoke about the improved model J-10 publicly for the first time in the AVIC flight test center. Zhang Jigao told People's Daily Online reporters that the overall performance of the J10 will be comprehensively improved in areas such as aerodynamic layout, mission system, and the approach to maintenance. 
In March 2009, pictures of our improved model J10 fighters appeared for the first time on the Internet, and netizens quickly began to call it the "J-10B".

Over the last five 5 years, several images of the test J10B have appeared online,attracting widespread attention from netizens, military enthusiasts, and even foreign media.

U.S. military expert Richard Fisher recently pointed out that the J-10 B is a so-called"fourth and a half" generation fighter equipped with modern airborne technology and advanced radar system, which is about to be delivered to the PLA Air Force.
J-10B
J-10B 

Zhang Jigao disputed the term "fourth and a half" generation. In contrast, he suggested that the current international criteria to classify generations are more applicable.
He pointed out that single combat is rare in modern warfare, and that the majority of cases now involve system combat and network operations, so that the combat capabilities of a 
fighter depend on many factors. "This does not mean that the optimization of an aircraft's radar, avionics, and missile detection ranges are bound to improvements in operational performance."

China's PLA Starts Fielding New Light Tank

The People's Liberation Army (PLA) has started to field a new light tank armed with a 105 mm gun.The new tank will replace the PLA's Type 62 and Type 63 light tanks. Its estimated weight of around 30 tonnes could give it significant export potential given that main battle tanks (MBTs) are often too heavy for road networks and bridges.

The light tank will also give the PLA operational flexibility inside China. The PLA's latest Type 99 series MBT weigh at least 50 tonnes, which, coupled with their overall size, makes them difficult to deploy to some parts of the country.

The light tank, which may have the designation of the Type 99A2 (which, confusingly, is also the designation of the latest version of the Type 99 MBT), is of conventional layout with the driver at the front, turret and fighting compartment in the centre, and the diesel power pack at the rear.
Main armament comprises a stabilised 105 mm rifled gun fitted with a fume extractor and thermal sleeve with a 7.62 mm co-axial machine gun.
China's New Light Tank
China's New Light Tank


In addition to firing conventional natures of 105 mm ammunition, including the latest BTA2 armour-piercing fin-stabilised discarding sabot round, it can also probably fire the GP2 105 mm laser-guided missile, which has a maximum range of 5,000 m and is fitted with a tandem high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead.

China Test Fired High-Speed Precision-Guided Torpedo


China’s navy recently conducted a test of a new high-speed maneuvering torpedo that poses a threat to U.S. ships and submarines.

Defense officials said the new torpedo is the latest example of what the Pentagon calls Beijing’s anti-access, area-denial, or AA/AD, high-tech weaponry.

Other new weapons include China’s recently deployed anti-ship ballistic missile, the DF-21D, which is designed to sink U.S. aircraft carriers far from China’s shores.

China’s military showcased last month another high-tech weapon designed to target Navy ships and submarines. U.S. submarines are considered one of the U.S. military’s most important counter weapons to the AA/AD threat.

China's New High-Speed Precision-Guided Torpedo
China's New High-Speed Precision-Guided Torpedo

The torpedo test was disclosed on a Chinese blog, a frequent outlet for official leaks of new weapons systems in the Chinese arsenal.

The blog Tencent, one of China’s largest online outlets, revealed Oct. 15 that China’s navy conducted an underwater test launch of a new precision-guided, maneuvering torpedo in the South China Sea.

China has been blamed for growing tensions in the South China Sea region over the past several months by asserting claim to nearly 90 percent of the waters, bringing it into potential conflict with Vietnam and Philippines and raising concerns in Indonesia and Malaysia about growing Chinese hegemony.

The blog post included a series of photos revealing what was described as a new type of high-speed “intelligent” torpedo that sank a 1,000-ton target ship in the test firing.

“The new-type torpedo that was launched from a long distance and at a great depth nimbly skirted around the jamming ‘acoustic decoy’ and struck right in the middle of the 1,000-ton-plus target ship, sinking it with a loud boom,” the posting reported.

The report said the new torpedo represents a “leap” for the People’s Liberation Army Navy to “the front ranks of the world.”

Rick Fisher, a China military affairs expert, said the new torpedo signals a shift in China’s past practice of relying on Soviet-Russian and stolen American technology to build torpedoes.

China also is said to be using Russian underwater warfare know-how to build a torpedo-killing anti-torpedo. The killer torpedoes are launched against incoming underwater torpedoes that, like the reported new Chinese weapon, are immune to U.S. electronic countermeasures.

South Korean KFX Fighter Jet Revealed

South Korean KFX Fighter Jet
South Korean KFX Fighter Jet

China's Next-Generation AWACS KJ-3000 Is Under Development


China's next generation early warning aircraft will be able to surpass all of its global competitors, according to Wang Xiaomo, vice president of the China Academy of Electronics and Information Technology, in an interview with the party-run People's Daily.

With the advent of the US airborne early warning and control system during the Gulf War of 1991, the PLA Air Force realized that early aircrafts with similar capabilities as the US E-2 and E-3 models are crucial in any potential conflict over the Taiwan Strait, East China Sea and South China Sea.

Wang spent his entire life mounting advanced radars on PLA aircraft. In total, he has developed three airborne radars for China. During an exercise in northwestern China in 2012, two fighters from the PLA Air Force received orders for the first time from an early warning aircraft.

KJ-3000
KJ-3000


Wang's life was tough as an young engineer living in the mountain regions, he said. During this period in his life — coinciding with the internal struggle of the Cultural Revolution — China also faced external pressure from the Soviet Union and the United States. Wang was happy to have served his nation, even though the living conditions were extremely poor at that time, he said.

Things began to change after the collapse of the Soviet Union. China could no longer rely solely on ground radar systems to defend its territory from foreign invaders, Wang said. China has 9.6 million square kilometers of land and 3 million square kilometers of water, making the expanse coverable only by early warning aircraft.


China Nuclear Submarines Capable OF Widespread Attack On US

Chinese state-run media revealed for the first time that Beijing’s nuclear submarines  are capable to  attack American cities as a means to counter balance U.S. nuclear deterrence in the Pacific.

China 's leading media outlets including China Central TV, the People’s Daily, the Global Times, the PLA Daily, the China Youth Daily and the Guangmin Daily ran identical, top-headlined reports about the “awesomeness” of the People's Liberation Army navy’s strategic submarine force.

“This is the first time in 42 years since the establishment of our navy’s strategic submarine force that we reveal on such a large scale the secrets of our first-generation underwater nuclear force,”  Chinese Media outlets said in a lengthy article titled “China for the First Time Possesses Effective Underwater Nuclear Deterrence against the United States.”

PLAN Type 094 Nuclear Submarines
PLAN Type 094 Nuclear Submarines

The article features 30 photos and graphics detailing, among other things, damage projections for Seattle and Los Angeles after being hit by Chinese nuclear warheads and the deadly radiation that would spread all the way to Chicago.

China’s sub fleet is reportedly the world’s second-largest, with about 70 vessels. About 10 are nuclear-powered, and four or more of those are nuclear ballistic submarines capable of launching missiles.

Heavily influenced by Soviet naval models that stressed underwater forces, China’s nuclear submarine development began with the reverse-engineering of a Soviet Golf-class conventional-powered sub in the 1950s.

In the 1980s, China developed its first ballistic missile sub, the Type 092 Xia-class, which has 12 launch tubes for the Julang (Giant Wave)-1 missiles. The JL-1 had a limited range and failed multiple test launches.

In 2010, a new class of missile sub, the Type 094 Jin class, entered the service. It is capable of launching 12 to 16 JL-2 missiles with a range of about 8,700 miles, covering much of the continental U.S. with single or multiple, independently targetable re-entry vehicle warheads.

Chinese calculations for nuclear attacks on the U.S. are chillingly macabre.
“Because the Midwest states of the U.S. are sparsely populated, in order to increase the lethality, [our] nuclear attacks should mainly target the key cities on the West Coast of the United States, such as Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego,”.

China To Get Large-Scaled UAV(Drones) Development Industrial Base


China is developing a  large-scaled whole-chain unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) industrial development base in Beijing that will settle in southern Beijing's Daxing District, according to the top management of China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA) under China Aerospace Sci & Tech Corporation.
The UAV development industrial base, which covers a total area of 134 ha, will be the first of its kind in China. The base will cluster flagship enterprises and regional S&T leaders in the sophisticated industry within three years. It will also develop a top-notch technological service system and explore new modes for commercial application so as to turn itself into a UAV tech and service hub with high value-added.
The industrial base's estimated output will reach 10 billion yuan (US$1.6 billion) by 2015, 30 billion yuan (US$4.8 billion) by 2020, and more than 100 billion yuan (US$16.1 billion) by 2025.
By then, the industrial base will integrate all links on the industrial chain, from S&T, manufacturing, test flights, marketing, after-sales services and commercial applications.
Beijing's Daxing District, a high-tech manufacturing industrial belt in the city, is expected to be the most important industrial cluster area in the future.

China Start Development OF Long-Range Stealth Bomber

Senior colonel Wu Guohui of the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has confirmed  that China has started designing and development of a long-range stealth bomber with similar capabilities to the PAK-DA and B-2 of the United States Air Force.
When the PLAAF was founded in 1949, few resources were spent on the development of long-range bombers as Mao Zedong believed that ground forces were much more important for China to defeat foreign invaders. In the era of the Korean War and Taiwan Strait Crisis, the PLAAF was initially established as a tactical air force to support the army in combat against the United Nations forces and the Chinese Nationalist (Kuomintang) government. The modern PLAAF only began to take shape after Deng Xiaoping came to power in the late 1970s after Mao's death.
Wu said that a long-range stealth bomber is able to launch more than one missile during an aerial engagement because it cannot be detected by enemy radar, and that is why the US is willing to spend US$1.2 billion on 80 to 100 second-generation stealth bombers. Realizing that the United States is also developing a second-generation stealth bomber based on the B-2 stealth jet, Wu said that it is now time for China to seek a replacement for its Cold War-era H-6 strategic bomber.
Both the United States and Russia are developing new bombers and China will certainly have its stealth bomber too, Wu said. China's ambition to build a stealth bomber was first reported by John Reed, a US military analyst, in an article written for Foreign Policy magazine in June. Citing aircraft models displayed on the Chinese website, Reed stated that Beijing would usually demonstrate small-scale models before constructing the real aircraft.

Chinese Y-20 2nd Prototype sighted?



Y-20 2nd Prototype sighted
Y-20 2nd Prototype sighted

Export Potential OF Chinese YiLong Drone


Chinese YiLong Drone
Chinese Yi Long Drone

Chinese YiLong Drone
Chinese Yi Long Drone



China's DF-15C Ballistic Missile Can Carry Bunker Buster Bomb

China's DF-15C short-range ballistic missile, equipped with a deep-penetration warhead or  bunker buster bomb, would be able to damage or destroy underground command and  control facilities in Taiwan and other security partners of the United States in the Asia-Pacific region, according to "The Weapon", a military weapons magazine operated by China North Industries Group Corporation, a state-run company that manufactures military vehicles.
Photos of the DF-15C were first revealed on Chinese internet in 2006. "The Weapon" reported that the DF-15C, with a warhead between 2-2.5 meters in length, has the largest warhead section compared to other missiles in the PLA's arsenal.

China's DF-15C Bunker Buster Missile
China's DF-15C Bunker Buster Missile

Like Vietnam and Iraq, the militaries of Taiwan, Japan and South Korea rely on underground structures to shield their primary command and control facilities, the report said. The DF-15C can be used by the Second Artillery Corps, the PLA's strategic missile detachment command, to take out enemy command and control centers in a potential conflict.

China To Develop Heavy-Duty Armed Attack Helicopters After WZ-10

The development of Chinese  armed  attack helicopters as represented by the WZ-10 and WZ-19 which continues to draw foreign attention. Du Wenlong, a  Chinese military expert, responded to media questions by saying that WZ-10 was only a starting point and that China would go on to develop heavy-duty armed attack helicopters. 

When asked where the development of Chinese armed helicopters stands currently, Du Wenlong said that China's WZ-10 and WZ-19 should be seen as a revolution in Chinese armed helicopters for special purposes. Although we have had armed helicopters in the past, they were for general service. For example, the WZ-9 could serve as a transport and an attack helicopter, and also as a platform for other air missions. However, since the WZ-9 was based on upgrading a general armed helicopter, it could not meet special demands in such areas as attack, protection and electronics. 



WZ-10 Attack Helicopter
WZ-10 Attack Helicopter


Du Wenlong said that the WZ-10 displayed at the air show had impressed them very deeply. WZ-10 has a very narrow fuselage. Its reflective surface and therefore its vulnerability to attack would be relatively smaller. The probability of successfully hitting it with weaponry in a counter-attack would be relatively low. In addition, WZ-10 can carry a payload of 8 guided missiles. While the counter party’s ground targets might be rock solid against an infantry attack, they could not withstand a single blow from this armed helicopter. 



China Developed AESA RADAR For J-11B


J-11B Fitted  With AESA Radar
J-11B Fitted  With AESA Radar

J-11B Fitted  With AESA Radar
J-11B Fitted  With AESA Radar




China Has Upgraded J-11B with AESA radar (most likely the same AESA Radar seen on the J-15 and J-16).

China 's State Television(CCTV) Said: J-11B radar has 1760 T/R modules, has a search range of 450 km against 1 m^2 target and 250 km against a 0.1 m^2 target.

China To Continue Rapid Development OF Attack Helicopters


China will continue to develop attack helicopters to build on the success of the WZ-10 and WZ-19 unveiled last year, said Du Wenlong, a military analyst from Beijing, in a interview with the People's Daily Online, the official website of the state-run People's Daily.
The WZ-10 and WZ-19 — China's first generation of indigenous attack helicopters — were designed by the Changhe Aircraft Industries Corporation and Harbin Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation, according to Du. He said that the PLA's Z-9 helicopters can be modified to become attack helicopters, but the WZ-10 and WZ-19 mark a milestone in the country's aircraft development.
The expert said that there are still room for improvements, however. Equipped with eight missiles, Du said that the WZ-10 is able to destroy all of its targets on the ground, but it is still unable to fight against other helicopters in aerial combat. In addition, he added that current PLA helicopters would not be able to defeat the AH-1W helicopters used by Taiwan's ROC Army without the cover provided by fixed-wing aircraft.

WZ-19 Attack Helicopter
WZ-19 Attack Helicopter

US AH-64D in China?



Images have surfaced on the Chinese Internet of what seems to be an actual AH-64D Apache or a real-size copy of the worlds most famous attack chopper.

The helicopter, on a truck, seems to be in the process of being moved even if it is at least strange that it is not hidden below a protective covering, as happened for other mysterious choppers spotted on the move in China.

Its not easy to guess how Beijing put their hands on the helicopter.



AH-64D in China
AH-64D in China

Turkey FD-2000 Defense Missile Deal IS A Victory For China


NATO has expressed serious concern over Turkey's decision to purchase the FD-2000 Missile Defense System from China — the export version of China's HQ-9 surface-to-air missile — from a Chinese firm, citing that the system would not be compatible with those of Turkey's other NATO allies. However, the sale symbolizes a victory for China's defense industry even if it does not go through, reported by the International Media Organizations.
NATO secretary-general Anders Fogh Rasmussen requested Turkey to reconsider the purchase of the FD-2000  saying he expects Turkey to choose a system that is compatible with those of other allies. Some observers claim that the US and NATO are in fact  seriously concerned over the deal because China may be able to steal critical information if the FD-2000 is able to be connected with the US-built Patriot air defense missiles deployed to the Turkish border with Syria.

FD-2000 Air Defense Missile System
FD-2000 Air Defense Missile System
Others believe that whether of not Turkey will halt the US$3.4 billion missile defense deal and comply to the NATO request, it still marks a victory for Chinese defense industry. The Chinese weapons system was chosen above the US Patriot system, Russia's S-300 and the European Aster 30. Meanwhile, the FD-2000 is expected to become a popular choice for developing nations which are not NATO members with its cheaper price and technology transfer. The Chinese defense industry will now be able to use the indirect support of NATO member Turkey to expand into the overseas market the International Media Organizations said.

USAF Chief of Staff Gets a Close Lookup OF J-10 Fighter


USAF Chief of Staff in China
USAF Chief of Staff in China

USAF Chief of Staff With J-10
USAF Chief of Staff With J-10

China's ICBM Interceptor System In Development


China's Second Artillery Corps, the strategic missile force of China's People's Liberation Army, is seeking to develop new exo-atmospheric interceptors based on advance early reconnaissance satellite system, over-the-horizon active phased array radar and missiles like the HQ-19 and HQ-26 to defend the country against attack from intercontinental ballistic missiles, reports the Moscow-based magazine.
China's new early reconnaissance satellite system will be able track an incoming missile attack launched from anywhere in the world to give the PLA 25-30 minutes to respond to an ICBM attack and 10-20 minutes for submarine-launched ballistic missiles.
 The Second Artillery Corps already has a timetable for the development of this new satellite system and it will only be a matter of time for the PLA to deploy it. In addition to the early reconnaissance satellite system, China will also rely on over-the-horizon active phased array radar will also be used to direct air defense missiles to intercept targets outside the atmosphere.

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