Images suggest upgrades to China’s early series J-11s

Images have emerged on Chinese military web forums suggesting sensor upgrades to Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (SAC) J-11A combat aircraft, with reports noting that two regiments have received these modifications so far. Upgraded J-11As appear to have four new missile approach warning systems (MAWS), two just aft the cockpit facing forward and two pointing aft on the vertical stabilisers. Similar systems ...

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PLAN Expands Its Type 093 Midget Submarine Line

Beijing has revealed a version of the Type 093 midget submarine, known as the 093T, suggesting that more vessels in this class may be produced, reports news website Cankao Xiaoxi. The 093B midget submarine reportedly has a vertical launch system that can launch 16 missiles, including the supersonic anti-ship YJ-18 and the DH-10 cruise missile. Such a submarine can carry ...

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Russia to Develop 5th-Generation Attack Helicopter by 2017

Mi-28NM It could take Russia about three years to complete the development of a fifth-generation attack helicopter and start testing its prototype, a defense industry official said Wednesday. The Mi-28NM, a modernized version of the Mi-28N Night Hunter attack helicopter that is being upgraded to standards of a fifth-generation aircraft, has been in development since 2008. “I think we will ...

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JF-17 Block 2 makes first flight ahead of Block 3 improvements

The first Block 2 JF-17 Thunder combat aircraft made its maiden flight from the Pakistan Aeronautical Company (PAC) facility at Kamra on 9 February. The aircraft (serial number 2P01) made three more successful flights before being taken to the paint shop in mid-February. The test flights came as a boost as PAC continues to look for a first export customer ...

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Pakistan Tests Shaheen-III Missile That Could Carry Nuclear War To Every Part OF India

Pakistan has test-fired a ballistic missile that is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to every part of India, another escalation in Islamabad’s effort to keep pace with its neighbouring rival’s formidable military advances. Pakistani military leaders said the Shaheen-III missile has a range of up to  2700 kilometres, which could enable it to reach deep into the Middle East, ...

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AVIC Plans Firm to Focus on Engine Design and Production

State-backed aircraft manufacturer Aviation Industry Corp. of China (AVIC) will set up an independent company to focus on designing and making airplane engines, sources with knowledge of the matter say. The company will consist of the AVIC’s engine design and manufacturing companies, one of the sources said. Its name will be Aero Engine Corp. of China, and it will be ...

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China Close To Producing Good Fighter Engines

WS-10 Taihang Bradley Perrett, Asia-Pacific bureau chief of the Washington-based Aviation Week & Space Technology says that Chinese demand for rare metal – Rhenium reveals improved Chinese combat aircraft engines.China needs large supplies of rhenium — a rare metal that increases the temperature-resistance of turbine blades — to design and produce an engine that can handle higher internal temperatures, increasing ...

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India Turns To FGFA As Rafale Deal Falters

India is now exploring as an alternative the stealth fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) from Russia as negotiations on Rafale fighter jet deal have run into rough weather recently, leading to delay in finalisation of the contract for supply of 126 fighter planes. The main issue concerns the pricing, which is basically the production cost in India, and Dassault’s reluctance to stand ...

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Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Inducts Chinese-built Karakoram Eagle Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS)

Karakoram Eagle  AWACS In a bid to improve the country’s defence capabilities, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) inducted on Thursday a Chinese-built ‘Karakoram Eagle’ Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS)The new aircraft, introduced at a ceremony held at an operational PAF base in Karachi, is capable of detecting hostile aerial and sea surface targets far before ground-based radars regardless of their ...

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