A new version of the Chinese heavy embarked fighter J-15 soon in service?

As for the J-11 air superiority fighter which was derived from the Su-27, or the J-16 fighter-bomber derived from the Su-30, the standard carrier-based fighter of the Chinese naval aviation, the J-15, results from a reverse-engineered a Russian fighter from the Flanker family, in this case a Su-33 acquired from Ukraine when Beijing acquired the hull of the aircraft carrier Varyag, left unused in the shipyards Ukrainians after the implosion of the Soviet Union. But unlike the J-11B, and especially the J-16, the J-15 had undergone little modernization in the conversion process, and suffered from several defects that already struck its Soviet big brother, in particular…

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Defense technologies that made the news in 2021

Despite the crisis linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, the news in 2021 was often marked by certain defense technologies, in a geopolitical context of growing tensions and critical crises. From Australia's surprise cancellation of the order for French-built conventionally powered submarines to switch to US-British nuclear attack submarines, to hypersonic missiles; from underwater drones to China's new fractional orbital bombardment system; these defense technologies, long in the background of the world media scene, found themselves in the news, and sometimes in the headlines during this year. In this two-part article,…

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The most anticipated novelties of the Chinese airshow in Zhuhai

From December 28 to October 3, the China Air Show will be held in Zhuhai, near Macao on the southern coast of China. Traditionally focused primarily on the presentation of Chinese equipment in the aeronautical field and, more broadly, Defense, the 2021 edition could be a milestone, with many new programs announced, as well as exclusive presentations of devices and models. . While the show has not yet started, many set-ups have created significant interest from…

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China presents the first combat drone dedicated to close air support

On the occasion of the Nanchang Airshow 2020, the Chinese aeronautical group Chengdu presented a new version of its MALE Wing Loong drone, dedicated to close air support missions. Unlike the other versions, the Wing Loong -10 has two characteristics making it particularly suitable for this type of mission. First, the drone saw its piston engine and propeller replaced by a ZF850 turbojet developing 1 ton of thrust, giving it a higher cruising speed and reduced fuel consumption at high altitude. Thus, the device sees its transit times between its departure base and its zone…

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Is China starting construction of a new assault aircraft carrier?

While the first Chinese assault helicopter carrier, or LHD for Landing Helicopters Dock, Type 075 has just made its maiden voyage on July 16, the publication of a call for tenders by the Chinese Navy has stirred the sinophile defense sphere. Indeed, the APL (People's Liberation Army) would have started the preparatory work for the construction of a new class of assault aircraft carrier, or LHA for Landing Helicopter Assault, identified as the Type 076. And this ship risks strong enough to upset the balance of power already wavering in the Indo-Pacific zone. Let us recall in the preamble that, for the time being, the projection capabilities of Chinese forces are relatively limited,…

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Chinese manufacturer Chengdu tests new three-engine MALE drone

What haven't we heard about the twin engine configuration of the Euromale drone. According to many reviewers, this configuration had no advantages, and many disadvantages, the first of which was the increase in the price of the device. However, in recent months, several twin-engine MALE drones have appeared around the world, such as the Russian Altair, the Chinese TB001 or the Turkish Aksungur. For each of these devices, their designers chose this configuration to improve performance, and in particular the payload carried, as well as the security of the device. The Chinese manufacturer Chengdu, which notably designed the J10 light combat aircraft, and the fighter…

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China is working on a stealth drone transporting 22 tons

A model presented at a show does not make a program. However, in China, this is often how the programs appear that later become reality. On the occasion of the technological exhibition of civil and military equipment in Xi'an, the company Zhong Tian Guide Control Technology Co Ltd presented the model of the FL2 drone, a device having the appearance of a flying wing equipped with stabilizers obliques, presented as a stealth transport drone. According to the information presented, the FL-2, which is currently only in a design phase, will be designed to have a take-off weight of 22 tons, an operational range of 7000...

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Chinese forces present their 2 new generation combat drones

It was on the occasion of the military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the creation of the People's Republic of China, that the military authorities presented two new generation combat drones which focused the attention of national and international observers. We already knew that the Chinese aeronautical industry had been able to develop a family of MALE (Medium Altitude Long Endurance) and HALE (High Altitude Long Endurance) combat and surveillance drones, such as the famous Wing Loong, widely exported around the world, even in Europe. But this parade was an opportunity for Beijing to mark the spirits with two new combat drones with the appearance and…

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