CHINA TOPIX

Updated 4:59 PM EDT, Fri, Oct 11, 2019

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People's Liberation Army Air Force

Stealthy

US Confirms China’s New Xian H-20 Stealth Bomber will Carry Nuclear Weapons

Having the H-20 will become one of the symbols of the PLAAF as a strategic service.

New missile

China’s New Ramjet Engine for Air-to-Air Missiles can’t Deliver on its Promise

The speed of this engine remains unsuitable, however.

 6th gen

Science and Technology will Keep US Air Force the World’s Most Powerful

The air force also recognizes the need a new long-range penetrating fighter for missions in Asia and the Pacific.

China, Pakistan in the crosshairs

Indian Air Force can ‘Win’ a Two-front War against China and Pakistan

Military victory in the traditional sense is out of the question in this calculus.

For export

China’s Z-19E Combat Helicopter Developed for Export Makes Maiden Flight

The Z-19E is a derivative of the Harbin Z-19 currently in service with the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) and the People's Liberation Army Ground Force (PLAGF).

Asia's strongest

Australia to Have World’s First All 5th Generation Air Force; Commits to Defend Rules-based Global Order against China

Australia's goal is to maintain "a rules-based global order."

Robots

PLAAF Fighter Pilots Still Don’t Fight like Real Fighter Pilots

PLAAF alleges it now encourages "freestyle fighting," which is apparently PLAAF-speak for dogfighting.

Like a chopper

Taiwan Confident of Acquiring F-35B Stealth Jets from the US to Counter China

Taiwan specifically wants to purchase the F-35B, the version flown only by the U.S. Marine Corps.

Preparing for North Korea

China Places Air Force on ‘High Alert’ in the Event of Conflict in North Korea

There's also the assessment this state of readiness might also be directed against the U.S.

More work

Japan Reports Record Interceptions of Chinese Military Aircraft over East China Sea

Japan is concerned the stepped-up pace of PLAAF air patrols are also meant to test the air defenses protecting Tokyo.

 The best

China Launches Snap Air and Sea Drills in Response to Taiwan’s Planned Drills

Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) said it monitored the joint drills, which took place outside the country's Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).

HUnter killer

China's Wing Loong II Aerial Drone Built to Rival US MQ-9 Reaper Passes First Test Flight

Wing Loong is intended for use as a surveillance and aerial reconnaissance platform and as an unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) fitted with air-to-surface weapons.

Upgrades

F-15 Eagle Getting Extensive Refit to Counter China’s J-10 Fighter

The F-15s will also receive AESA (Active Electronically Scanned Array) radars.

Copycat

China’s Military Shedding Copycat Notoriety; Developing Better Indigenous Advanced Technologies

"We now judge that in some capability areas, particularly in the air domain, China appears to be reaching near-parity with the West," said the report.

World beater?

China Goes on Propaganda Offensive Promoting its Very Long Range Air-to-Air Missile

In November 2016, Chinese state-run media first revealed the existence of VLRAAM, which it claims is the world's longest range air-to-air missile.

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