New Chinese show of force around Taiwan following the visit of a US senator

While media attention is focused on the war in Ukraine, tensions between Beijing and Washington over the island of Taiwan continue to grow, with strong demonstrations of force by the Chinese and American armies near the independent island. Thus, this weekend, the naval groups of the aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan and USS Abraham Lincoln participated in an important joint exercise between the Japanese island of Okinawa and Taiwan, after the Chinese naval group of the aircraft carrier Liaoning returned from an exercise in the Western Pacific passing through the Miyako Strait a few days earlier. Today, it was 30 planes of…

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What are the consequences of Pakistan's acquisition of 25 Chinese J-10CE fighters?

It has been 13 years, since 2008, that the Pakistani authorities have been studying the possibility of acquiring a fleet of single-engine J-10 fighters from Beijing, and many rumors have announced the order as imminent on several occasions. It is now done, since they have confirmed having signed a contract to acquire 25 J-10CE, export version of the J-10C in service within the air forces of the People's Liberation Army, in order to equip two squadrons of 12 aircraft. If the amount of the contract is not mentioned, its calendar seems particularly short, since it is a question of presenting the new device during the celebrations of the day of the Republic,…

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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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Pakistan reportedly ordered 36 J-10C fighters from Beijing

Definitely, the entry into service of the first Indian Rafales continues to provoke notable reactions at the country's borders. After the reinforcement of the Chinese defensive system near the Ladakh and Doklam plateaus, and a press campaign bordering on the ridiculous to present the superiority of Chinese planes against the new Indian machine, it is Pakistan's turn to respond, again through Beijing. Indeed, according to many Pakistani Defense-oriented information sites, the country has formalized an order for 36 J-10C single-jet fighters to replace its venerable Mirage III in attack missions, and above all…

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Bangladesh launches competition to acquire 16 modern multi-purpose fighters

While the whole of Asia seems to be embarking on a vast movement of rapid rearmament, the authorities of Bangladesh have just announced the launch of a procedure aimed at acquiring, on the 2021/2022 budget, 16 combat aircraft modern multi-purpose vehicles as part of its “Forces Objectives 2030” plan. For this, the country is planning an exceptional line of credit financed directly at the state level, and not impacting the budget of the Ministry of Defense, in the amount of 25 Crore de taka, i.e. €000 billion. , with a provision of 2,42% i.e. Taka 25 Crore / €7500 m from the 600/2021 budget and financing by…

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China takes major milestone in military turbojets

After 35 years of effort, the Chinese aeronautical industry has finally succeeded in developing a sufficiently reliable and efficient version of its WS-10 turbojet engine to equip a series single-engine combat aircraft. Indeed, a snapshot leaked on Chinese social networks recently shows a J-10C single-engine fighter of the People's Liberation Army Air Force (FAAPL) equipped with the WS-10B version of this engine, confirming that the latter has now reached the criteria required, particularly in terms of reliability and performance, to equip this type of device. So far, even if the Chinese J-11, J-15 and J-16 twin-engine fighters had already started their conversion to…

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China increases naval and air exercises around Taiwan

It has now been several years since the Democratic Progressive Party returned to power in 2016 with the election of Tsai Ing-wen, a staunch opponent of unification with the People's Republic of China, as President of the Republic of Taiwan. that tensions cease to grow between Taipei and Beijing. Tensions that have been greatly exacerbated by the Trump presidency, the latter's economic coup policy against China, and the very significant increase in arms sales to Taipei in recent years. But until now, the demonstrations of force of the People's Liberation Army had remained measured, and always...

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Taiwan, India: This time, China is no longer playing

Tensions between Beijing and its neighbors have been growing for several months. But this weekend, the semantics of the Chinese Communist Party has significantly evolved towards a direct threat to its Taiwanese and Indian neighbors, with the United States in sight. No longer a question of keeping up appearances now, President Xi Jinping has called on the People's Liberation Army to be ready to carry out war actions. The trigger for this vehemence seems to have been the visit to Taipei by US Under-Secretary of State Keith Krach on Thursday, September 17, the first visit by an official of this rank to the independence island since…

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Beijing launches large-scale exercise around Taiwan to respond to Washington

For several months, we have been witnessing the rise of tensions between Beijing and Washington over Taiwan. Until now, it was mainly about provocations and ripostes, with a good dose of postures more than military actions. But US Under Secretary of State Keith Krach's visit to Taipei on Friday seems to have triggered a different kind of response from China. In addition to the organization of multiple exercises including live fire all around the independent island by the naval and air forces of the People's Liberation Army, Beijing is now directly threatening military intervention against the island if Washington were to…

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Has China doubled the production of heavy fighters in 2020?

As the standoff between Beijing and Washington grows daily, a publication linked to Chinese aircraft manufacturer AVIC presents the most surprising information, according to which the group plans to build no less than 2020 J-60 heavy bomber fighters in 16. , 20 on-board J-15 general purpose fighters and 30 J-20 heavy stealth fighters, i.e. 110 aircraft, all twin-engined with a long range and a large payload capacity. In addition, work on the FC-31 medium stealth fighter intended to equip the Chinese Navy's aircraft carriers would continue. It is impossible today to separate the true from the false in...

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