What are the 4 pillars that will make China the world's military superpower in 2035?

With 2 million soldiers, less than 3000 modern tanks, a thousand 4th generation combat aircraft and only 2 aircraft carriers and around XNUMX destroyers, the Chinese armies are, on paper at least, far from representing an adversary potential beyond the reach of the United States, let alone the Western camp as a whole. However, the military construction undertaken by Beijing for thirty years is today the obsession of American soldiers and strategists, to the point that all the material and doctrinal developments undertaken across the Atlantic over the past ten years are only aimed at to contain the rise of the Chinese armies. In fact, beyond...

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What does the Chinese defense effort tell us about Beijing's real ambitions?

In early August, the Chief of US Naval Operations, Admiral Mark Gilday, presented the most ambitious plan to build the US Navy since the end of the Cold War. Called “Navigation Plan 2022“, the document presented a strategy to bring the US Navy to have, in 2045, 12 nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, 66 nuclear attack submarines, 96 destroyers and 56 frigates as well as than 3000 aircraft, including 1300 fighter planes, alongside 12 ballistic missile submarines, 31 large amphibious ships and 150 surface ships and autonomous submarines. The objective of this plan, which has yet to be approved by…

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Should we put an end to “5th generation” combat aircraft?

When Lockheed-Martin presented its F-22 Raptor for the first time, it was presented as a “5th generation” aircraft, to mark its disruptive character, both operationally and technologically, with previous combat aircraft. Beyond its unit price of $160 million which, on its own, was enough to justify a major disruptive aspect since twice as expensive as the F-15E or the F/A 18 E/F then the combat planes more expensive in service or in preparation across the Atlantic, the device indeed had unique capabilities, such as very advanced multi-aspect stealth, without however equaling that of the F117A…

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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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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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New Chinese combat planes and helicopters to be unveiled soon?

As we know, the Chinese military aeronautical industry is very discreet about its development programs, and the information concerning the development of new aircraft is most often fragmented, and largely subject to interpretation. It is thus that we still do not know if and when the electronic warfare versions of the J-15 and J-16 fighter bombers, designated respectively J-15D and J-16D, and intended to be the equivalent of the EA-18G Growler American, will be declared operational and will join the squadrons of the Chinese air and naval forces. Likewise, while many factors seem to indicate that the 5th generation FC-31 fighter, in its modified version, will be the next carrier-based fighter to…

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Chinese Shenyang announces the development of a new generation hunter… again!

It is through a publication on its WeChat page that the Chinese aeronautical giant Shenyang, which belongs to the AVIC consortium and which has developed, among other things, the J-11, J-15 and J-16 fighters equipping the Chinese air and naval air forces , announced that it has started research to develop a new generation fighter, presented as 5th generation in China and known as 6th generation in the West, whose entry into service is estimated in 2035. For purposes of understanding, we will use in the rest of the article the classification of Western generations. Concomitantly, the company also announced that it had started the development of a 5th generation fighter at…

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For Western experts, the J-20 and Su-57 fighters have questionable performance

It is often difficult to accurately assess the real performance of a combat aircraft, especially when it is shrouded in an aura of confidentiality. However, Justin Bronk, a recognized analyst of the very famous Royal United Services Institute, or Rusi, of London, does not hesitate to question the real capabilities of the Russian Su-57 fighters and the Chinese J-20 fighters, the two flagships of declared adversaries of the United States, especially when compared to the American F-22 and F-35. The RAND Corporation, in an analysis of air power in Europe, makes much the same observation. Are these assessments founded, and can we deduce an indisputable…

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