Chinese Air Force shows extended capabilities around Taiwan

Chinese air force incursions into the Taiwan Air Identification Zone have been a daily occurrence for several months. But since the show of force on April 10 with 52 aircraft in flight simultaneously, these missions have until now been limited in volume and ambition. The November 28 mission was notable in more ways than one. Indeed, not only did it involve 27 aircraft simultaneously, the largest number of aircraft since last April, but for the first time, one of the Chinese air force's new Y-20U tankers accompanied the five H-bombers 6 and its escort of four J-10C fighters and…

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According to simulations, the US Air Force will lose its advantage from 2027 on the current trajectory

“Combat simulations (wargaming) show that we are not accelerating fast enough, … we have to go faster”. It is in these terms that General Clinton Hinote, who leads operational foresight for the US Air Force, described the situation during a webinar organized by the Center for an New American Security. And according to him, where the United States previously estimated to have the advantage over China with the current planning until at least the beginning of the 2030s, and the arrival of the NGAD, these same simulations now show that the point of inflection would be in 2027, a very symbolic date since it is the one advanced for the…

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China's J-16D electronic warfare aircraft reportedly already operational

While the official presentation of the new Chinese electronic warfare and anti-aircraft defense plane J-16D only took place at the beginning of September, a report by the 7th Chinese public channel devoted to the Armed Forces of the 'APL, found that the device was already in operational unit within the Chinese air force, which was confirmed by an article from the state site Globaltimes.cn published today. According to the article, the new electronic warfare fighter would be intended to evolve alongside the 5th generation J-20 fighter to eliminate adversary detection capabilities. The device would…

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After the J-35, it is the turn of the two-seater stealth fighter J-20B to have made its first flight

Predictably after the high-speed taxiing tests were observed, the Chinese 5th generation fighter J-20B, a two-seater version of the Chengdu aircraft, made its first flight this Friday afternoon, November 5 . The information was confirmed by some local sources relayed by Chinese social networks. The prototype, registration 2031, was even photographed during its take-off run, as shown in the main photo of the article. For a long time, the two-seater versions of fighter planes were intended for the training of pilots, and their operational transformation. But with the arrival of particularly realistic simulators, the need…

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The two-seater version of the 5th generation Chinese fighter J-20 finally unveiled

The information had been buzzing for a few days on specialized Chinese social networks, the long-awaited two-seater version of the 5th generation J-20 fighter had, it seems, carried out its first high-speed taxiing tests, a preliminary phase to the first flight tests. But the photos published then were either of very poor quality or crude photoshop montages intended to attract the curious. Yesterday, however, a first video leaving no doubt about the veracity of the thing appeared, showing a two-seater J-20 on a taxiway, confirming in passing both the existence of the device, and the state of assumed progress of the program. It's about…

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Chinese air force deploys former fighters turned into drones against Taiwan

The People's Republic of China produced, between the 50s and 80s, nearly 8500 fighter planes derived from Soviet models, such as the Shenyang J-5 derived from the Mig-17 produced in 1800 units, the Shenyang J-6 and the Nanchang Q-5 derived from Mig-19 produced respectively in 4500 and 1300 copies, as well as the Chengdu J-7 derived from Mig-21 and produced in more than 2400 copies

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Beijing strengthens the capabilities of its air bases against Taiwan

In recent weeks, the Chinese press, including English-language news sites controlled by Beijing, has multiplied more or less direct and detailed threats against the island of Taiwan and its authorities presented as "secessionists". If we should not give much importance to the bellicose editorials and exacerbated postures of Globaltimes.cn, it is quite different from the information indicating that Beijing had undertaken important work on the 3 military aerodromes which face the pass of Taiwan, in order to significantly increase its operational, reception and defense capacities. Indeed, according to recent satellite observations, the airfields of Longtian, Huian and Zhangzhou, all three…

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52 Chinese fighter jets entered the Taiwanese air traffic control zone

The Chinese air force carried out, between October 1 and 2 on the occasion of the country's national holiday, an unprecedented show of force near the island of Taiwan, causing several take-offs of Taiwanese fighter planes, and vigorous protest from the Taipei authorities. On October 1, a first formation of 18 J-16 fighter bombers accompanied by 4 Su-30 fighter bombers, as well as two H-6 bombers and a Y-8 Maritime patrol aircraft carried out a first exercise south of the Taiwanese air control zone. A few hours later, on the night of the 1st…

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J-16D electronic warfare aircraft is in service with the Chinese Air Force

Many expected the two-seat J-20A or the carrier-based J-35 to be the star of the upcoming Zhuhai Air Show, to be held next week in southern China. No information concerning the presence of these new devices has yet filtered. On the other hand, a J-16D electronic warplane, in the colors of the People's Liberation Army air force, did indeed land at Zhuhai airport on Tuesday to participate in the show. Therefore, there is no doubt that the new device, which is intended to be the equivalent of the American EA-18G Growler, is actually in service within the forces…

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FC-31 stealth fighter approaches Chinese air force

Developed by the Shenyang company, the 5th generation FC-31 Gyrfalcon fighter has experienced many adventures since its first flight in October 2012. Initially designed as a response to the American F-35, this 16,8 m long fighter for 12 meters wingspan is much more compact than the imposing J-20, which is 3 meters longer, and above all heavier by more than 7 tons at take-off at 32 tons, while the FC-31 aimed for 25 tons, placing the aircraft in the Rafale and F-35 category. But where the J-20 met an expectation of the Chinese air force, the FC-31 does not…

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