People's Liberation Army Air Force

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

Arthur Dominic Villasanta   | Jun 12, 2017 10:36 PM EDT

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

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

Arthur Dominic Villasanta   | Jun 10, 2017 11:25 PM EDT

The speed of this engine remains unsuitable, however. read more

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

Arthur Dominic Villasanta   | Jun 09, 2017 01:21 PM EDT

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

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

Arthur Dominic Villasanta   | Jun 01, 2017 07:06 PM EDT

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

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

Arthur Dominic Villasanta   | May 19, 2017 07:37 PM EDT

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). read more

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

Arthur Dominic Villasanta   | May 13, 2017 06:56 PM EDT

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

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

Arthur Dominic Villasanta   | May 05, 2017 08:50 AM EDT

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

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

Arthur Dominic Villasanta   | Apr 27, 2017 05:10 AM EDT

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

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

Arthur Dominic Villasanta   | Apr 20, 2017 08:04 PM EDT

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

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

Arthur Dominic Villasanta   | Apr 14, 2017 07:02 AM EDT

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

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

Arthur Dominic Villasanta   | Mar 03, 2017 06:36 AM EST

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). read more

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

Arthur Dominic Villasanta   | Feb 28, 2017 04:41 AM EST

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. read more

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

Arthur Dominic Villasanta   | Feb 20, 2017 09:01 AM EST

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

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

Arthur Dominic Villasanta   | Feb 18, 2017 12:17 AM EST

"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. read more

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

Arthur Dominic Villasanta   | Jan 26, 2017 10:03 PM EST

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. read more

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