Military Part 2

US panel on China concerned by Beijing’s growing military might, urges Congress to investigate

17 Nov, 2016

  • A US commission on bilateral relations with China has warned that the country’s fast-growing military may pose a threat to US security, while urging Congress to assess whether America’s involvement in the region diminishes its own military capabilities. “The military capabilities China is developing will expand or improve the ability of the People’s Liberation Army to conduct a range of externally focused operations [and] strengthen China’s traditional war-fighting capabilities against weaker neighbors. Given its enhanced strategic lift capability, strengthened employment of special operations forces, increasing capabilities of surface vessels and aircraft, and more frequent and sophisticated experience operating abroad, China may also be more inclined to use force to protect its interests. “China’s pursuit of expeditionary capabilities, coupled with the aggressive trends that have been displayed in both the East and South China seas, are compounding existing concerns about China’s rise among US allies and partners in the greater Asia,” states a lengthy annual report from the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, which was submitted to the US Congress on Wednesday. After detailing the spheres in which China has been improving its capabilities, the report recommends that the Defense Department look more closely into the “gains and risks” to the US resulting from its participation in the fate of the region.

PLA training 1st female combat helicopter pilots


  • Five women are training to be the People’s Liberation Army’s first female combat helicopter pilots, the PLA has announced. Yun Lu, Pu Yuting, Zhou Jiao, Wang Wenjuan and Liaohuang Xiaochuan all flew fixed-wing aircraft for the PLA Air Force before they were selected for training by the PLA Army aviation unit in 2014. The five have completed many training courses and will soon be combat-ready, according to a news release from the PLA.

China, U.S. militaries stage joint humanitarian relief drill

November 18, 2016

  • Chinese and U.S. commanders on Friday stressed the importance of maintaining military-to-military exchanges under the administration of President-elect Donald Trump, saying they are crucial for building confidence between the two armed forces that remain deeply wary of each other. Troops from the two sides staged joint drills in the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming on Friday in an effort to better coordinate responses to humanitarian disasters.

Bangladesh gets first submarines ‘Nabajatra’, ‘Joyjatra’ from China


  • The submarines, christened ‘Nabajatra’ and ‘Joyjatra’, will be included in the Bangladesh Navy’s fleet once they arrive. Chinese Rear Admiral Liu Zizhu handed the submarines over to Bangladesh Navy chief Admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed at a ceremony at a shipyard in Dalian city in China’s Liaoning province on Monday, the Inter Services Public Relations Directorate said in a statement.

Iran set to hold joint military drills with China

Nov 14, 2016

  • Iran is fully prepared to hold joint military drills with China, the chief of staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, Major General Mohammad Baqeri, says. “The Islamic Republic of Iran is completely ready to expand and deepen defense-military cooperation between the two countries including holding joint military maneuvers,” Baqeri said in a meeting with Chinese Defense Minister General Chang Wanquan in Tehran on Monday.

India, China to hold joint military exercise in Pune

November 13, 2016

  • THE INDIA-CHINA Joint Training Exercise, “Hand in Hand 2016” will be held in Pune from November 15 to 27. The exercise continues a series of joint exercises between the two neighbours. This will be the sixth such exercise by the Indian Army with the People’s Liberation Army of China, and is part of a series held annually and alternately in India and China.

The new exoskeletons, tanks and ATVs that China will bring to a future battle: The Ground Gear of the Zhuhai Airshow

November 11, 2016

  • VT-5 light tank is one of the few dedicated post Cold War light tanks in the world and perhaps the most notable new military vehicle at Zhuhai 2016; The VT-5 is the export version of the new ZTQ light tank used by the PLA in mountainous areas like Tibet. Built by Norinco, the tank weighs between 33-36 tons (depending on adding additional protection like side armor), has a sophisticated digital fire and control system has a 105mm cannon suitable for dealing with most Cold War era main battle tanks. The VT-5 could be very popular with militaries in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Southeast Asia looking for a modern light tank with a light operational footprint. The China South Industries CS/AA5 armored fighting vehicle (AFV) has an unmanned turret with a 40mm autocannon, which is larger than other Chinese autocannon. The 40mm autocannon, which uses telescoped ammunition to reduce cartridge volume in order shrink autocannon parts, has an armored piercing sabot and high explosive ammunition. The increase in Chinese AFV ammo (at least for export) follows a wider global trend of increasing ammunition size (see the US Stryker AFV’s upgunning to 30mm cannons) to deal with more lethal conventional threats.

China Claims Its New Anti-Stealth Radars Can Detect the F-22

Nov 11, 2016

  • China showed off two anti-stealth radars at Zhuhai. The first, the JY-27A 3-D long-range surveillance/guidance radar, is a Very High Frequency (VHF) radar that, according to Shephard Media, is the Chinese military’s first active-phased array radar. VHF radars, with their longer wavelengths, are more likely to detect stealth aircraft, and it’s been known that China has been working on them for some time now. Phased-array radars, unlike traditional “dish” radars, are flat panels composed of hundreds of smaller transmit/receive panels. While traditional radars are like turning on a flashlight in a dark room—everyone can see where the beam of light is coming from—phased array radars are more difficult to detect. They’re also less susceptible to jamming.

Russia and China are Developing Some Very Powerful Weapons That Can ‘Kill’ Satellites

November 9, 2016

  • In stark contrast, Russia and China now are actively developing ground-based, airborne and co-orbital ASATs. In May 2013, China launched a high altitude research rocket that reached Medium Earth Orbit, and demonstrated the means to attack satellites in Geosynchronous Orbit, thus bringing critical US communications and navigation satellites into range. Technologies like electronic warfare and microwave weapons open up the prospect of non-kinetic ASATs which can disable a target satellite by jamming or overloading its electronic systems, without physically destroying it.

Pakistan, China test counter-terrorism command system

November 08, 2016

  • This was the part of Chinese and Pakistani joint military exercise held recently in a bid to strengthen their cooperation in fighting terrorism. The exercise was carried out in a border region between the two sides, and involved elite commandos from the two countries’ Special Forces.

China, Pakistan hold joint anti-terrorism drills


  • Chinese and Pakistani special forces have held a joint military exercise in a bid to strengthen their cooperation in fighting terrorism. The exercise was carried out in a border region between the two sides, and involved elite commandos from the two countries’ special forces. Training programs during the drill included armored vehicle charging, door-to-door searches, street battles, and besieging terrorists in a simulated raid on terrorist forces.

China flexing its military muscle

November 6, 2016

  • China’s military is developing ships, submarines, aircraft, intelligence systems and foreign bases in a bid to become a global military power, according to a forthcoming congressional China commission report. The late draft of the annual report by the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission contains a chapter on Beijing’s power projection development and warns that once fully developed, the weapons and forces could contribute to a regional conflict in places like the South China and East China seas. “China is building military capabilities to deal with hostile air, surface, and subsurface operational environments in the ‘far seas,’” the report states, noting that the operations expand the focus beyond the two island chains off China’s eastern and southern coasts.

Vietnam, China beef up defence ties


  • Vinh is leading a senior military delegation to the sixth Vietnam-China defence strategic dialogue slated for November 4 in China. At the meeting, Chang Wanquan acknowledged good outcomes of bilateral defence ties over the recent past, including the organisation of strategic dialogues, delegation exchanges, personnel training and sharing of experience on UN peacekeeping activities.–china-beef-up-defence-ties.html

Zhuhai 2016: China unveils anti-ship missiles

03rd November 2016

  • China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASC) is offering the submarine-launched CM-708UNB Sea Eagle ASM. It provides not just People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) submarines, but now foreign buyers, with a stealthy capability to strike naval vessels and inshore targets within a 290km range. CASC is also offering the supersonic CM-302 anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM), the export variant of the YJ-12. It is advertised as being able to hit both ships and inshore targets at a range of 290km. The missile approaches the target on an ‘ultra-low altitude, sea-skimming’ path, and it is ‘highly manoeuvrable’ in the terminal phase. It carries a 250kg warhead and has a ‘high hit probability of 0.9’.

Pakistan, China vow to strengthen air force cooperation

November 2, 2016

  • Air Staff Chief Marshal Sohail Aman has attended the opening ceremony of Zhuhai Air Show-2016 in China. He witnessed the aerial and static display of JF-17 Thunder of Pakistan Air Force and the demonstrations of Chinese Air Force aerobatics team, Royal Air Force aerobatic team, J-20, FTC 2000 and various other aircraft.

Chinese, Malaysian navies to cooperate in South China Sea

November 1 2016

  • China and Malaysia said their navies will cooperate more in the politically sensitive South China Sea in an agreement signed Tuesday during a visit by Malaysia’s leader, who is seeking stronger ties with Beijing as he tries to offset a financial scandal at home.

First Picture of China’s New YJ-12A Anti-Ship Missile During Launch Revealed

31 October 2016

  • Ahead of Airshow China 2016 due to start this week in Zuhai, the first ever picture showing a YJ-12A new generation surface launched anti-ship missile has been released. The YJ-12A is the latest supersonic anti-ship missile of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). It was unveiled for the first time last year during the victory day parade.

Mexico, China to Strengthen Military Ties

Oct 30, 2016

  • China and Mexico have pledged to strengthen military cooperation and elevate mutual ties to a new level. The pledge was made during a meeting between Vice Chairman of China’s Central Military Commission Fan Changlong, and visiting Minister of National Defense Salvador Cienfuegos and Minister of the Navy Vidal Francisco Soberon from Mexico on Oct. 28.

Chinese Coast Guard Ships Can Rapidly Convert into Navy Vessels


  • What makes this particular cutter somewhat remarkable is that it is confirmed to be an MLE version of the Type 054 frigate of the PLA Navy. That class of warship has earned high marks with naval analysts as it wields a potent array of weapons and sensors. According to conventional Western interpretations, the CCG has developed the requisite tonnage, range, communications and organization to show the flag, push around fishermen from neighboring countries, and to employ any and all means to intimidate maritime law enforcement (MLE) vessels from other states as well. Now, Beijing is set to further sharpen that spear. A new cutter, hull number 46301, will shortly be commissioned into the CCG. What makes this particular cutter somewhat remarkable is that it is confirmed to be an MLE version of the Type 054 frigate of the PLA Navy. That class of warship has earned high marks with naval analysts as it wields a potent array of weapons and sensors. Moreover, it has seemed to prove its reliability as the primary workhorse of the PLAN in its now two dozen forays to the Gulf of Aden on counter-piracy patrols [8].

Everything We Know About China’s New Aircraft Carrier

October 28, 2016

  • Photos of CV-17, under construction at Dalian Shipbuilding, suggest that she will strongly resemble China’s first carrier. She appears to be of roughly similar size to Liaoning, has a ski-jump, and apparently will have conventional propulsion. Speculating on the basis of the appearance of a few models in the public domain, Andrew Erickson suggests that CV-17 may use gas or diesel/gas turbines (reports on Liaoning’s propulsion system remain mixed and uncertain, but many suspect she uses Soviet-style steam turbines).

Poly Technologies integrates coastal defence systems

31 October 2016

  • China’s Poly Technologies has developed a complete coastal defence system that ties together a variety of command and control systems, sensors, land-based air defence and other weapon systems to engage off-shore surface targets at short-, medium- and long-ranges. The sensor elements can include radar, satellites, aircraft, electro-optical systems, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to provide real time target information as well as battle damage assessment. Air defence elements include short-range systems such as twin 35 mm towed anti-aircraft guns (AAG), the FN-16 man portable surface to-air missile (SAM) and the vehicle-mounted FB-6A, which features eight missiles in the ready-to-launch position.

US, China plan joint military drills

October 28, 2016

  • China and the US will hold joint military drills in November, officials from both countries announced Thursday. The drills, focusing on disaster relief, will take place in southwest China’s Yunnan Province, and include 134 military personnel from China’s People’s Liberation Army and 89 members of the US military, China’s military spokesperson, Wu Qian, said at a news briefing.

Beijing missile makers cash in on Mideast and African wars

October 27, 2016

  • With Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen contributing to a humanitarian crisis and thousands already dead, the Obama administration and other western governments are under pressure to halt arms sales to Riyadh. Meanwhile, Chinese arms are playing a growing role in the conflict. The spate of missile attacks off Yemen has raised the profile of a new generation of Chinese strategic weapons, many of which are being used in combat for the first time in dirty wars throughout the Middle East and Africa. “The Chinese and many other navies would be quite impressed with the amount of destruction it [the anti-ship missile] caused on the high-speed ferry,” said Rick Fisher, senior fellow at the International Assessment and Strategy Center in Washington. “And this is only the beginning” of a greater use of Chinese weapons in the Mideast and elsewhere. Gary Li, a Beijing-based consultant for APCO Worldwide, said Chinese arms makers have grown used to seeing their weapons displayed on YouTube videos or television news footage. “The only way Chinese weapons can be tested in combat is in regional small wars,” he said. “If the weapons work, it’s a great advertisement. If they don’t, this can be blamed on local operators. This is something all arms manufacturers do. The very fact Chinese kit is starting to appear in conflicts around the world is good publicity for them.”

China to Start Construction on 1st Type 075 LHD Amphibious Assault Ship for PLAN Soon

26 October 2016

  • China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) is said to have been awarded the contract and will therefore act as prime contractor. CSSC is one of the two largest shipbuilding conglomerates in China (the other being the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation – CSIC). CSSC is one of the top 10 defence groups in China, consists of various ship yards, equipment manufacturers, research institutes and shipbuilding related companies, some of the well known shipbuilders in China such as Jiangnan Shipyard and Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding are currently owned by CSSC. The Type 075 LHD is expected to have a displacement of 36,000 tons. In comparison, a Mistral-class LHD displaces 21,000 tons full load, the Juan Carlos LHD 26,000 tons and the Wasp-class 40,500 tons. Type 075 LHD should be able to deploy and accomodate up to 30x helicopters (Z-8, Z-9, Z-18, Ka-28, Ka-31) with 6x helicopter spots on the flight deck and the main elevator located at the stern. For self protection, the LHD is set to be fitted with 2x H/PJ-11 eleven-barreled 30mm CIWS and 2x HQ-10 short range SAM launchers.

Star Wars Reboot: US Sets Stage for Space-Based Arms Race With Russia, China


  • Russia and China will be able to incapacitate any American satellite in orbit by 2025, which is why Washington should use force to protect its orbital assets, according to US Air Force General Nina Armagno. In May 2016, the Washington Post quoted Pentagon officials as saying that Russia and China have been developing the ability to attack the United States in space.

China’s Largest Surface Warship Takes Shape

October 20, 2016

  • In the Jiangnan Changxing shipyards, one of China’s largest shipyards, the next generation of Chinese warships is taking shape. The first Type 055 destroyer began construction in 2015 and is expected to have a full displacement of over 14,000 tons. This would make it the largest non-capital surface warship built in Asia since the World War II era Imperial Japanese Tone class cruisers. The Type 055 will be launched in late 2017 or early 2018, making it not just one of the most powerful warships in Asia, but the world.New photos from the Chinese Internet show a number of interesting developments. The bow (forward) and stern (rear) sections of the Type 055 are already completed; construction begins by building sections of the hull, and then those sections are assembled, like Ikea furniture, in a drydock. The bow section shows a highly hydrodynamic hull, optimized for high speed performance, with stealth characteristics such as angular gunwales (the top edge of the hull sides) and an apparently enclosed deck. The stern, which will have the modules for the Type 055’s helicopter twin hangar attached later, has at least four portals for current and potential future sensors and weapons like towed array sonar, variable depth sonar, towed torpedo decoys and active torpedo defenses. This indicates the Type 055 will have a formidable organic anti-submarine capability, perhaps with historic Chinese vulnerabilities to enemy submarines designed in mind.

Chinese navy ships to make first port call at Cam Ranh Bay

Oct. 20, 2016

  • Three Chinese navy ships will make their first port call this weekend at the Vietnam’s strategic Cam Ranh Bay, coming as the countries are locked in a territorial dispute in the South China Sea. An official in Khanh Hoa province where the bay is located said the four-day port call at Cam Ranh International Port starting Saturday by the three ships carrying 750 sailors will include exchanges with the Vietnamese navy and meetings with provincial leaders.

India, China conduct first military exercise in J&K

October 20, 2016

  • India and China for the first time conducted military exercises in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in Eastern Ladakh on Wednesday amidst the growing uneasiness in the bilateral relationship.

China, Mongolia to strengthen military cooperation

October 14, 2016

  • China and Mongolia pledged to strengthen bilateral military cooperation as senior military leaders of both countries met in Beijing on Friday. Xu said the Chinese and Mongolian military should enhance exchanges and cooperation as their bilateral relationship has been upgraded to a comprehensive strategic partnership to make bigger contributions to regional peace and stability.

India continues to boost military ties with China

Oct 11, 2016

  • India continues to slowly but steadily build military-to-military+ ties with China, even as it keeps its armed forces on high operational readiness along the western front with Pakistan for any contingency after the cross-border surgical strikes of September 29. India and China, after holding their first-ever joint tactical exercises in eastern Ladakh and Sikkim along the disputed 4,057-km Line of Actual Control

China To Develop AEW&C Aircraft On Y-20 Transport Plane Platform

October 10, 2016

  • China is likely to develop a new-generation airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft based on the locally-made Y-20 multi-purpose transport plane inducted into the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force earlier this year. “It is indeed possible that China will modify the AEW&C aircraft based on Y-20, which conforms to the laws on technical development of AEW&C aircraft around the world,” Military expert Wang Mingliang said in an interview with the People’s Daily Online. The Xian Y-20 large transport aircraft, the first Chinese designed 200-ton-class, multi-purpose, large transport aircraft, was officially commissioned in the PLA Air Force in July this year. It can be configured for airborne early warning and control (AEW&C), anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and aerial refuelling missions.

Chinese naval fleet visits Malaysia to enhance military ties


  • A Chinese naval fleet arrived at the Malaysian port of Klang on Friday to embark on a five-day visit aimed at strengthening military ties between the two countries. The 23rd Escort Task Group, comprising Xiangtan, Zhoushan and Chaohu of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy, arrived in Malaysia after the completion of its escort mission in the Gulf of Aden.

Young Blood On Rapid Rise In China’s PLA

Oct 05, 2016

  • The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is showing signs of being full of young bloods unlike few years ago when there were full of elderly officers. Besides, the PLA is expected to become younger in general as many young soldiers attained the rank of general. This means that the PLA, which was once called “old army”, is expected to change completely. According to a source in Beijing familiar with the Chinese military on Wednesday, this assertion is not an exaggeration considering the number of lieutenant generals who have been promoted from major general since Army Day (August 1st). While it wouldn’t have been easy before to move up to colonel, many soldiers in their early 50s, or so called “liu ling hou” (post-60s) generation made great advances. It has been found that 5 soldiers out of 27 on the promotion list were “liu ling hou.”

Army Warns that Future War with Russia or China Would Be ‘Extremely Lethal and Fast’

October 4, 2016

  • China is a growing threat as well, if not one that can project force globally yet. Together, these two powers are mustering conventionally massive militaries that are increasingly technological — and forcing the Pentagon to contemplate and prepare for “violence on the scale that the U.S. Army has not seen since Korea,” said Maj. Gen. William Hix, Anderson’s deputy. “A conventional conflict in the near future will be extremely lethal and fast. And we will not own the stopwatch.”

Warplanes: China Gets a Gunship Ready For Anything

October 4, 2016

  • China has apparently put over a hundred of its new WZ-10 helicopter gunships into service so that all army aviation brigades have a few of them. This is a move to get more field experience for the WZ-10 and to show the entire army that the WZ-10 is finally on the way. China plans to eventually have over 500 of them as part of a program to equip the army with over 3,000 modern combat and transport helicopters. Distributing the WZ-10 widely is seen as more important than concentrating the first hundred or so in a few full strength combat helicopter battalions. Chinese troops operate is a wide variety of climates and terrain, from the dusty deserts in the north to tropical forests in the south and the high and dry conditions of Tibet (and the long border with India.) By having army aviation units operating in all these diverse environments able to use the WZ-10 it will take less time to find all the major changes and improvements the aircraft requires, especially for export sales.

India, China joint military exercise to be held in Ladakh

October 3, 2016

  • Indian and Chinese armed forces will face each other not as adversaries but as co-combatants, with plans afoot of a joint military exercise between the two countries in late October. Sources have told Daily Excelsior, a Kashmiri daily, that the exercise will be held in eastern Ladakh. More details on the drill could be eventually released. This exercise will follow the earlier joint exercise that was conducted in February 2016.

China Will Use Steam Catapults on Shandong, its Second Aircraft Carrier

Sep 30, 2016

  • It’s now almost certain China’s second and third aircraft carriers will feature catapult-assisted take-offs but the type of catapult to be used — steam or electromagnetic — hasn’t been decided. The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), however, seems to be leaning towards using steam catapults on Shandong, its second aircraft carrier. China now understands the main technologies of the steam-powered catapult, but what kind of catapult will be used on China’s second or third aircraft carrier isn’t clear, claims Li Jie, a leading researcher at the People’s Liberation Army Navy Naval Military Studies Research Institute.

The One Part of China’s Military That Everyone Forgets (At Their Peril)

September 30, 2016

  • Of course, Beijing’s serious intention with respect to amphibious warfare was signaled clearly a decade ago when the Type 071 amphibious attack ship or landing platform/dock (LPD) was revealed. Now, China wields four of these 25,000 ton ships that each carries 500-800 hundred troops, as many as six medium helicopters, potentially more than 60 amphibious vehicles or up to four air-cushioned landing craft. The PLAN high command has demonstrated a certain confidence in the class by dispatching these ships “to the far seas,” including for anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden as early as 2010. Insofar as this ship has been widely examined, we will focus on less widely discussed innovations in the force.

China’s Shandong Aircraft Carrier will be Most Powerful PLAN Warship; will Probably have Lasers

Sep 30, 2016

  • China’s second aircraft carrier now building will become the most powerful warship in the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) because of its offensive airpower; the most sophisticated radar system in the fleet and laser weapons later on. The carrier “Shandong,” now known as “Type 002” is set for commissioning in 2020 after which is will become the flagship of the North Sea Fleet and the East Sea Fleet of the PLAN.

Chinese frigates pay port call at Myanmar’s old capital

Sep. 30, 2016

  • Two Chinese naval frigates are paying a port call near Myanmar’s old capital, Yangon. The Zhoushan and the Xiangtan berthed Friday at Thilawa, the deep-water port south of the city, as Myanmar military dignitaries waved in welcome. “Our two militaries are friends and partners. We are close brothers,” China’s ambassador to Myanmar, Hong Liang, said after the ships’ arrival.

China’s next stealth fighter the FC31 Gyrfalcon will continue to close the technology gap with the USA

September 29, 2016

  • China is working on a second prototype of its FC31 (aka J31) fighter. It is a smaller jet than the China’s J20. China should have 12 of the J20s built by 2017. The FC31 could begin deployment around 2022. The FC-31 Gyrfalcon is a twin-engine, mid-size fifth-generation jet fighter currently under development by Shenyang Aircraft Corporation. New scaled models displayed at the Zhuhai Airshow revealed several planned differences from the first 31001 flying prototype. The differences include a stealthier cockpit, a next-generation helmet mounted sight, holographic cockpit displays, EOTS, aerodynamic revisions and more powerful engines. The 01 prototype powered by two indigenous WS-13E turbofan engines flew for the first time on July 1, 2016.

China Delivered “NNS Unity” Second P18N Offshore Patrol Vessel to Nigerian Navy

29 September 2016

  • Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, Chief of the Nigerian Navy, was at the China Shipbuilding & Offshore International Company (CSOC)’s Wuchang Shipyard in Wuhan, China in early September to receive the second P18N offshore patrol vessel (OPV). CSOC is part of the part of the State Shipbuilding Corporation, China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC). P18N Offshore Patrol Vessels have a displacement of 1,700 tons, a length of 95 m, width of 12.2 m and beam of 3.5 m. It is powered by two MTU 20V 4000M diesel engines. The maximum speed is 21 knots. The endurance of the vessel is 20 days at sea (range 3000 nautical miles at 14 knots) for a crew of 70 sailors.

‘Shandong,’ China’s Second Aircraft Carrier, will become PLAN Flagship

Sep 27, 2016

  • Media reports and images from China confirm the forward part of the “Type 002,” China’s first indigenous aircraft carrier, has been lifted into place and is being joined to the rest of the mammoth vessel. This warship will be christened the “Shandong” and will sport the hull number 17. It’s commissioning is set for 2020, after which it will become the flagship of the North Sea Fleet and the East Sea Fleet of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). This forward part of the Shandong includes the “island” housing the bridge and main mast supporting structure. Analysts said this phase is a significant step in readying China’s second aircraft carrier for launch by 2017. Sea trials will follow in the same year.

Xi Jinping Reveals ‘USA Killer’ DF-41 ICBM will Become Operational Very Soon

Sep 27, 2016

  • Chinese president Xi Jinping let slip that China’s fearsome DF-41 intercontinental ballistic missile — the world’s longest ranged ICBM — will be China’s Christmas gift to the USA. During a visit yesterday to the missile unit of the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Forces (PLARF), Xi said the DF-41, which can reach out to 15,000 kilometers from China, “may be deployed this year.” The deployment of this missile much earlier than expected will place the entire continental United States within its range from mobile launchers fired in China. It will only take 30 minutes for the DF-41 flying at Mach 25 (31,000 km/h) and its nuclear warheads to reach the U.S. The DF-41 can carry from one to 10 nuclear warheads with yields ranging from 250 kilotons to one megaton. This missile is being called the “USA Killer” because it places all the U.S. at China’s mercy.

Russia, China spend big on warplanes, spurring aerial arms race

September 26, 2016

  • For more than two decades, combat aircraft flown by the U.S. and its European allies have pretty much owned the sky. Now, Russia and China are spending lavishly on new weapons that could challenge that superiority, spurring a new arms race. “The most pressing challenge for the United States Air Force is the rise of peer competitors with advanced military capabilities rivaling our own,” Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein told lawmakers in June, days before being confirmed in the job.

China to Monitor South China Sea with Drones

September 25, 2016

  • China intends to monitor its disputed claims in the South China Sea with drones that are “especially stealthy,” reports IANS. The main reason behind this agenda is to keep tabs on exploitation of the oil and mineral rights in the region, along with monitoring possible military developments. The drones will be linked to the Chinese version of GPS. “Many of the islands and reefs in the South China Sea have much larger underwater portions than what is visible above water, making them harder to survey and map,” Li Yingcheng, general manager of China TopRS Technology Co. Ltd said. “In response to this challenge, China has designed drones to handle such complicated surveying, including the ZC-5B and Zc-10 unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The ZC-5B has a maximum flight distance of 1,400 km, and can stay in the air for up to 30 consecutive hours,” Li was quoted as saying by Chinese media.

China air force holds drills in Western Pacific for second time this month

Sep 25, 2016

  • China’s air force said on Sunday it had flown more than 40 bombers and other fighter planes through a strait between Japanese islands on their way to drills in the Western Pacific. Regular long range drills in the Western Pacific and patrols over the East China Sea air defense identification zone were for the Air Force to protect China’s sovereignty and national security, China’s air force spokesman Shen Jinke said, according to a statement posted on the Ministry of Defence website.

China is Trying Out A New Assault Rifle

September 23, 2016

  • The new Chinese assault rifles return to a conventional layout, with the rifle on the left having a longer barrel shroud, while the one on the right has a more vertical trigger grip. Both rifles are likely to use 5.8mm cartridge ammunition, and appear to have parts made of high strength polymers. The selected assault rifle is likely to spawn a family of related firearms, including personal defense weapons, carbines, dedicated marksman (read sniper) and general purpose machine gun (the later two may have heavier ammunition cartridges). A more detailed photo of the right rifle shows it equipped with Picatinny rails. Picatinny rails are mounting platform surfaces attached to the side of a firearm; accessories can be bolted along the many traverse slots of the rails. Thanks to the rails, this rifle has a vertical forward grip, a detachable flashlight and a powerful scope. The rifle’s fire selector switch (for automatic, burst and semi-automatic fire) is located behind the trigger, while the bolt/magazine release mechanisms are located above the magazine, providing a ergonomic layout for stationary and mobile operations. The increased length of the rifle offers options for installing accessories such as night vision sights, scopes, bipods, and bayonets, as well as more room for ‘smart’ rifle accessories, such as networked sensors and “smart” projectile launchers. Chinese troops may soon be carrying different guns, better equipped for the 21st century battlefield.

China Experimenting With Catapult Launched Carrier Aircraft

September 22, 2016

  • China has stepped up development of Catapult-Assisted Take-Off But Arrested Recovery (CATOBAR) operations for its carriers, with the appearance of a Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark carrier-borne fighter with CATOBAR apparatus and continued construction of supporting land-based infrastructure. It is not clear whether this aircraft is a new-build prototype for the CATOBAR J-15, or one of the six original J-15 prototypes modified with a new nose wheel. Also noteworthy is that this J-15 is powered by the indigenous Shenyang-Liming WS-10 Taihang turbofan. Although already in widespread use with China’s land-based J-11 fighters, the Chinese engine has never gone to sea during trials and operations on China’s current sole aircraft carrier, Liaoning.

China’s Artificial Islands Are Bigger (And a Bigger Deal) Than You Think

September 21, 2016

  • While the Chinese government has consistently claimed that its land reclamation projects are intended for non-military purposes, and Chinese President Xi has pledged that China does not intend to militarize them, recent imagery shows large-scale construction of airfields and base facilities. The most significant base-building has been concentrated at what I term the “big three”: Fiery Cross, Subi, and Mischief Reef. All three of these new islands will have approximately 10,000 foot runways, deep water harbors, and enough reinforced hangars to house 24 fighters as well as bombers, tankers, and airborne early warning aircraft. Just as significant are the other airfield support facilities China appears to be constructing. As an example, a rough comparison of the size of Fiery Cross’s airfield areas with those of a mainland Chinese fighter base (Suixi Air Base, see Figure 1) shows that this facility is probably being constructed to support a unit the size of a Chinese fighter regiment (of note, China is in the process of converting their air units to multi-aircraft-type brigades, but this analysis of scale should hold for now). One can see on all three major islands the presence of 400-meter running tracks along with tennis and basketball courts, as well as block after block of what will likely be barracks, headquarters, workshops, and warehouses. China is even openly discussing plans to construct mobile nuclear power plants to provide electrical power to the islands. With more than 24 hangars under construction on each of the “big three” bases, this would allow all of a typical Chinese regiment’s fighters to be maintained indoors on each island. These do not seem intended as small airfields for occasional visiting aircraft. They look like major fighter bases in the making.

China, Russia rapidly building arms for space war

September 21, 2016

  • The nominee to lead the U.S. Strategic Command warned Congress this week that China and Russia are rapidly building space warfare capabilities and the United States is lagging behind in efforts to counter the threat. Both Beijing and Moscow are developing anti-satellite missiles and laser guns and maneuvering killer space robots that could cripple strategic U.S. communications, navigation and intelligence satellites, the backbone of American high-technology warfare. Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten, picked to be the next Stratcom commander, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that Chinese and Russian space weapons pose “an emerging challenge” and that the Pentagon is accelerating its efforts to counter the threat. “The Department of Defense has aggressively moved out to develop responses to the threats that we see coming from China and Russia,” the four-star general said Tuesday. “I believe it’s essential that we go faster in our responses.”

Zambia Unveils Chinese-built L-15 Falcon Fighter Jet At AAD Expo-2016

September 21, 2016

  • Zambia unveiled two its new L-15 Falcon fighter/trainer aircraft at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exposition last week in their first public debut. Zambia received its first L-15s in July this year, with the type entering service with 15 Squadron at Air Defence Command, based at Lusaka-Kenneth Kaunda International Airport. Hongdu, part of China’s Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), announced on 28 December last year that the first six Zambian pilots and maintenance personnel had completed conversion to the supersonic L-15.

Strategic Command Nominee: Chinese, Russians Moving Quickly to Surpass U.S. War-Fighting Capabilities

September 20, 2016

  • Air Force General John Hyten, nominated to head the U.S. Strategic Command, told Congress on Tuesday that the Chinese and the Russians are moving quickly to develop systems that will cripple U.S. war-fighting capabilities in space. “Sir, I believe that they — they are building those capabilities today,” Hyten told Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “And both the Chinese and the Russians in particular have been watching those capabilities be employed (by the United States) in the battlefield in the last 20 years, and in response to that, they’re building counter-space capabilities to deny us those capabilities in conflict.”

The Next Generation of China’s Carrier-Borne Fighter, The Flying Shark, Takes to the Skies

September 20, 2016

  • New imagery shows that the China’s carrier-borne fighter, the J-15, will receive major upgrades, which point to gains in not just China’s engine-making but overall carrier fleet. In September 2016, images of an upgraded J-15, the “J-15A”, emerged on the Internet, showing significant upgrades to its engines and flight performance. The plane makes use of domestically produced WS-10H turbofan engines, distinguished by a squarish, silver afterburner nozzle. While some J-15 prototypes were fitted with WS-10 turbofan engines, all production J-15s presently operating off the Liaoning aircraft carrier use the Russian AL-31 turbofan (which has a dark-colored afterburner nozzle). If future J-15As use the WS-10H as a power plant, it would indicate a triumph for China’s emerging aviation engine industry, which has long been a weakness. Another likely upgrade is the installation of an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, which has improved resolution, multi-target ability, and resistance to jamming.

China’s Navy Becomes Stronger with More Modern Vessels and Training

Sep 19, 2016

  • The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is increasing its influence over the East China Sea by deploying its destroyer flotilla in its frontline. Xu Haihua, the captain of the flotilla, said, “As a combat troop, the fundamental mission is our ability to win. There is no doubt about our fighting strength.” The two destroyers are named Fuzhou and the Hangzhou and have cutting edge technology in terms of size, firepower, seaworthiness, and anti-ship capabilities.

Need growing for China to take greater military role in Middle East, analysts say

18 September, 2016

  • As China expands its interests in the Middle East, some experts are calling for Beijing to eschew its long-standing policy on non-interference in other countries’ affairs and set up permanent military bases. A more comprehensive engagement would ensure better protection for Chinese nationals working in the region and the significant investment by Chinese companies there, they said. China is also taking a greater role in Syria, where Russia and the United States have brokered a fragile truce. Rear Admiral Guan Youfei, director of international cooperation at the Central Military Commission, said last month Beijing would provide Damascus with aid and training.

China’s Air Forces Are Venturing Further Into the Pacific Than Ever Before

Sep 16, 2016

  • In an important milestone for the Chinese military, the country’s Air Forces have announced plans to regularly fly beyond Japan and Taiwan into the Western Pacific. The flights are part of China’s plan to use its new military might to assert itself in the region and back its claims to disputed territories in the South and East China Seas. According to People’s Liberation Army Air Force spokesman Shen Jinke, China will regularly send aircraft beyond the so-called “First Island Chain”, an imaginary line stretching from Taiwan to Japan. China considers waters west of the First Island Chain as key to maintaining China’s defense.

Service Leaders: Military Can’t Defend Homeland if Sequestration Persists

September 15, 2016

  • In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, leaders of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force agreed that budgetary constraints and uncertainty have forced the services to invest in current readiness at the expense of other priorities. In opening remarks, each of the service leaders explained that sequestration and budgetary uncertainty have forced them to make trade-offs, prioritizing readiness to meet current commitments at the expense of modernization. They emphasized that budgetary constraints threaten the U.S. military’s ability to provide adequate forces in the event of a conflict with global competitors such as China and Russia.

China sets up new logistics force as part of military reforms

Sep 13, 2016

  • China’s military has set up a new logistics support force as part of efforts to reform and modernize the world’s largest armed forces, state media has reported. The new joint logistics force would better support military operations, the official Xinhua news agency said late on Tuesday.

Stennis CO Talks Deployment: Dual Carrier Ops, Chinese Interactions

September 12, 2016

  • Huffman said he deployed to the Pacific about a decade ago, and the clear difference between then and now was China and its’ People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), which shadowed the Stennis CSG nearly constantly. “When we first arrived in the theater and we were operating in the Philippine Sea was when we first had interaction with the Chinese navy, with one of their AGI [signals intelligence] vessels. They just came and they basically stayed about three to five, maybe up to 10 miles away from us, but never too close and never too far away, kind of doing in some respects what the old Cold War AGI mission used to be with the Soviet Union where they would just shadow us,” Huffman said. “So we had interactions with them all the way out in the Philippine Sea, and then they continued on into the South China Sea. So we always kind of had one or two vessels with us, but they were always professional in everything they did.”

‘We’ve Got To Continue To Engage’ China: CNO Richardson

September 12, 2016

  • Despite rising tensions in the South China Sea, the US Navy’s top admiral says his Chinese counterparts “by and large” behave professionally, not provocatively, when the two nations meet at sea. And precisely because of those tensions, Adm. John Richardson said, it’s all the more important to emphasize cooperating with China, not confronting it. When it comes to China, “first and foremost, I think we’ve got to continue to engage,” Richardson said this morning at the left-leaning Center for American Progress. The US and China have common interests, such as combatting piracy, which is on the rise in the South China Sea even as it wanes off the Horn of Africa, he said. “(In) areas where we don’t necessarily agree, (such as) destabilizing, provocative types of behaviors in the South China Sea,” Richardson continued, the goal is “to continue to move towards some kind of compromise resolution (and) do everything we can to minimize the risk involved in the relationship.”

The United States, China, and Anti-Satellite Weapons

September 7, 2016

  • Sixteen years ago a Congressionally mandated commission on US space security ignited a debate on the role of ASATs in US-China relations with the incendiary assertion that China was preparing to launch a massive pre-emptive attack on US satellites. US analysts described this as a “space Pearl Harbor”—a form of asymmetric warfare that a weaker China could use to gain a decisive military advantage over a stronger United States. Chinese military authors reported and discussed the US claim, and US analysts mistakenly interpreted what they published as official confirmations of a Chinese plan for space warfare. China’s successful test of a destructive ASAT weapon in January 2007 increased US concerns about a Chinese attack on US satellites. In February 2008 the United States demonstrated that its Aegis sea-based missile defense system could also be used as an ASAT weapon. The two events helped define the US discussion of the role of anti-satellite weapons in US-China relations by placing the focus on the potential consequences of Chinese ASAT attacks and how the United States might deter or defeat the hypothetical Chinese threat.

Army gets advanced, new combat helicopters


  • Choppers designed for anti-tank missions, now also have air-to-air fighting capability The People’s Liberation Army has equipped all of its ground force aviation units with advanced WZ-10 combat helicopters, according to PLA media. Several WZ-10s have been delivered to an aviation brigade of the PLA 13th Group Army under the Western Theater Command, the military’s TV news channel reported.

China develops longer-range HQ-16 SAM variant

07 September 2016

  • The China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) has developed a new variant of its HQ-16 (Red Flag-16) self-propelled medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM), according to imagery released by Chinese state television in early September. The new variant (referred to by some as the HQ-16B) appears to have an improved rocket motor and revised wings, which sources say increase the missile’s range to 70 km, up from the 40 km credited to the HQ-16, in service with the air defence units of the People’s Liberation Army Ground Force (PLAGF).

China says developing new type of long-range bomber

Sep 1, 2016

  • China is developing a new long-range bomber, the head of the Chinese air force was quoted as saying in state media on Friday, the latest move in its ambitious military modernization program.

China’s Air Force Apparently Receives First L-15 Jet Trainer

September 1, 2016

  • Photos emerging from China have suggested that the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has taken delivery of the first Hongdu L-15 jet trainer. The supersonic, twin-engine, twin-seat trainer is among a variety of PLAAF aircraft that will be taking part at an open day at Changchun Airbase, Jilin Province in northeastern China from September 1 to 4. Analysts expect the PLAAF will use the JL-10 as a lead-in fighter trainer (LIFT) or a light attack aircraft, while advanced jet training will be conducted using the lower-performance Guizhou JL-9, which is currently in service with the PLAAF and the People’s Liberation Army Naval Air Force. The JL-10 will be a lower-cost option to transition pilots into fighters such as the Chengdu J-10 or Shenyang J-11.

China Holds Military Drill with “Local Fishermen”


  • China’s navy said Tuesday that recent military drills in the Gulf of Tonkin included the participation of a dozen coast guard ships and a dozen civilian fishing vessels. “A joint operations system involving the navy, coastguard, and local fishermen has been fine-tuned in recent years through joint drills,” a PLA Navy media outlet said (as translated by SCMP). Elements of China’s fishing fleet receive fuel subsidies and military training from the government, and are widely viewed as a paramilitary force. Earlier in the month, a swarm of 200-300 Chinese fishing boats accompanied by Chinese Coast Guard patrol ships encroached on Japanese-claimed waters near the Senkaku Islands (called the Daioyu Islands by China).

PLA Navy eyes China’s deep-sea underwater glider after successful test shows it rivals US vessel

01 September, 2016

  • The Haiyi-7000 – carried on board the maiden voyage of China’s submersible mother ship, Tansuo-1 – was deployed above the Mariana Trench, in the western Pacific, an ocean trench with the greatest known ocean depth of 11,034 metres from late June to early August. It was able to glide down to a depth of 5,751 metres and its progress has greatly interested the People’s Liberation Army Navy. The present record depth for underwater gliding is 6,000 metres, set by the vessel Seaglider, developed by researchers at the University of Washington.

China’s Underwater Great Wall

August 30, 2016

  • The China State Shipbuilding Corp. (CSSC), one of China’s top shipbuilding and defense groups that builds virtually all People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) warships, has been laying a network of ship and subsurface sensors that it calls the Underwater Great Wall Project that is designed to gain Beijing an enormous undersea warfare advantage. Estimated to be close to completion, the project will help China push its effective control zone and track all submarine, surface and aerial activity in the littoral. CSSC is also flaunting the system as “a package solution” in terms of underwater environment monitoring and collection, real-time location, tracing of surface and underwater targets, warning of seaquakes, tsunamis and other disasters, as well as for garnering research data on marine life and geology.

Arms Race: China’s New Missile Defense System to Defend Against US, South Korea


  • With ongoing tensions in the South China Sea and on the Korean peninsula, Beijing has deemed its third-generation surface-to-air missile combat-ready. “Through innovation, ground-to-air defense troops are able to deal with far-range, medium-range and short-range missiles which can come in on high, medium and low altitudes,” PLA Air Force spokesman Shen Jinke said in a statement released on China’s Defense Ministry website, according to the International Business Times.

US, China Prepare for Electronic Warfare Standoff in South China Sea


  • During the last few years, China has apparently constructed a considerable number of radar installations on the South China Seas islands. These facilities, which could potentially be employed for a variety of purposes, drastically increase China’s real-time awareness and intelligence capabilities over a large portion of the region. Furthermore, while radar installations may appear less threatening than, for example, surface-to-air missile systems or airbases, they in fact give China a significant edge over other powers that operate in the South China Sea, according to an article posted on the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s blog website The Strategist. This rapidly expanding radar network, further augmented by Beijing’s growing military and intelligence satellite network (as it appears that many of the aforementioned radar facilities are also being outfitted with satellite uplinks) will allow China to better track foreign military assets in the region.

Chinese, U.S. coast guards perform joint operations in rare bright spot for Sino-American relations

Aug 26, 2016

  • In a rare bright spot for strained Sino-U.S. relations, the U.S. Coast Guard has confirmed that it conducted joint operations in the Pacific with its Chinese counterpart this summer, part of annual patrols to deter illegal fishing.

China Transforming its Army into a Leaner, Meaner Fighting Machine

Aug 24, 2016

  • China now plans to reorganize this massive ground army in a bid to make this force more agile and adaptable to modern military threats. Analysts said a number of the existing 18 Army Groups, each of which consists of anywhere from 30,000 to 100,000 men will be downsized into 25 to 30 smaller divisions. China has also reorganized its seven military regions into five combat zones.

China, Russia to hold South China Sea ‘drills’ next month

August 22, 2016

  • Amid rising tensions with the Obama administration and its neighbors across East Asia, China will hold a week of naval drills with Russia in the South China Sea next month, the two countries said Monday.

Influence of Chinese Military in Central Asia

Aug 22nd, 2016

  • After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Central Asia; a new unexplored frontier to the west of China opened up. Central Asia became a crucial source of China’s economic attributes; it offered raw materials and new markets, as well as a major transit zone for exports, to feed China’s growing population and globally integrating economy. China did not have military support and nor did it mean to daunt Russia, since it was a power seat of rising Chinese influence, especially in its former Soviet locality. But with age Beijing carefully shaped a military and economic strategy for Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan though these countries retained strong security ties to Russia. To maintain strategic relation with Russia, China opted to promote economic involvement in the region complemented by a subtle, unimposing military engagement.

Chinese ships, planes hold war games in Sea of Japan

Aug. 21, 2016

  • Chinese planes and ships held war games in the Sea of Japan last week, the military said, during which Beijing displayed its latest-generation frigate at a time of bitter territorial disputes with Asian neighbors. The Defense Ministry said in a statement on its website late Saturday that the long-range exercises staged Friday pitted a red army against a blue one in a simulated bomber attack on a naval task force. It quoted the commander of an unidentified flight wing under the East Sea Fleet, Zhang Wenzhong, as saying the planes found, identified and struck their targets in a “radically short time.”

China builds first overseas military outpost

August 20, 2016

  • Chinese navy ships had visited this tiny East African nation before. They sometimes picked up supplies in the old French port, farther down the arid coast, during antipiracy patrols off Somalia. The 90-acre plot is where Beijing is building its first overseas military outpost—a historic step that marks a bold new phase in its evolution as a world power. Due for completion next year, the naval outpost is expected to feature weapons stores, ship and helicopter maintenance facilities and possibly a small contingent of Chinese marines or special forces, according to foreign officers and experts monitoring its development. Its cluster of low-rise concrete buildings and shipping containers, some with Chinese flags, offers the most tangible sign yet of China’s strategy to extend its military reach across the Indian Ocean and beyond.

Japan discovers Chinese ‘pier for warships’ near disputed islands

20 Aug, 2016

  • China has constructed a vanguard “pier for warships” on an islet off the port city of Wenzhou, Japanese media warned, calling the development a boost of Beijing’s claims on the Tokyo-administered Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands and disputed waters around them. The new 80-meter-long installation, already dubbed the “pier for warships” by the Japanese media, was allegedly erected on Nanji Island, one of 52 islands in the Nanji chain that are part of China’s Zhejiang Province, Kyodo news reports.

China eyes artificial intelligence for new cruise missiles

Aug 19, 2016

  • China is eyeing the use of a high level of artificial intelligence and automation for its next generation of cruise missiles, a senior designer was quoted as saying on Friday. “We plan to adopt a ‘plug and play’ approach in the development of new cruise missiles, which will enable our military commanders to tailor-make missiles in accordance with combat conditions,” Wang Changqing of the China Aerospace and Industry Corp told the state-run China Daily newspaper. “Moreover, our future cruise missiles will have a very high level of artificial intelligence and automation,” Wang added. “They will allow commanders to control them in real time manner, or to use a fire-and-forget mode, or even to add more tasks to in-flight missiles.”

Here Comes China’s First Homebuilt Aircraft Carrier

Aug 18, 2016

  • China’s first home-built aircraft carrier is nearing completion. Satellite photographs indicate most major construction is complete, though much remains to be done and the carrier probably won’t be operational until 2020 at the earliest. The ship is the first of the Type 001A class and has been tentatively nicknamed “CV17” by China-watchers. China’s first carrier, Liaoning, is CV16. Liaoning was originally a Soviet aircraft carrier and was bought in the late 1990s as scrap—with the stated intention of being converted into a casino. But she found her way into the hands of the Chinese Navy and spent more than a decade being refitted before being finally commissioned in 2012. China is building CV17 itself. Here’s video of Liaoning conducting flight operations in the Yellow Sea:

How China Plans to Utilize Space for A2/AD in the Pacific

August 17, 2016

  • A2/AD requires advanced intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), as well as advanced targeting, communications, naval, air, missile defense, and cyber capabilities. China has spent a “generation” attempting to develop the technological capabilities necessary, and it still remains debatable if they are capable of A2/AD implementation. If China is to successfully develop A2/AD capability, it will owe much credit to its rapidly advancing space capability and satellite infrastructure. At its simplest, A2/AD is centered on conventional counterforce targeting. In order to deny access, China must be able to execute a kill-chain starting with, “target detection and including munition delivery, weapon guidance, damage assessment, and potential restrike” of its opponent’s battleships, aircraft carriers, fighter jets, submarines, information hubs, and missile positions at long distances.

US Scrambles for New Weapons to Counter Russian, Chinese Hypersonic Missiles


  • After Russia and China successfully tested advanced hypersonic missiles earlier this year, the Pentagon rushed the development of a range of options to deal with increasing “hypersonic and maneuvering threats.” In April, Russia successfully carried out the first test flight of a hypersonic Yu-71 glider launched with the use of an RS-18A strategic ballistic missile in the Orenburg Region in the Ural Mountains. The missile accelerated up to 7,000 MPH. Defense analyst Bill Gertz labeled the glider “revolutionary.” Three days later, China conducted a similar experiment, launching its DF-ZF hypersonic glider from atop a missile traveling at speeds up to 7,672 miles per hour.

Indonesia tests newly acquired Chinese-made air-defence system

16 August 2016

  • The Indonesian Marine Corps (Korps Marinir, or KORMAR) has conducted the first test firings of a newly acquired air-defence system from China North Industries (NORINCO), a source close to the service confirmed with IHS Jane’s on 15 August. The tests, in which unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were deployed as targets, were conducted at the Batu Bintang beach in the Sukabumi regency of West Java on 12 August. Present during the tests were technicians from NORINCO to train KORMAR personnel in the handling of the system.

Warnings of ‘Destructive’ War as China Challenges US Military Might


  • A future war between China and the US would be “intense, destructive, and protracted”, US President Barack Obama’s former chief intelligence adviser warned US policy makers on Monday (August 15). Looking ahead, the report predicts that with the possibility that China’s economy may overtake the US’ by 2025, and with Chinese technological advances, the military gap between the US and China is set to narrow. “Even then, however, China could not be confident of gaining military advantage, which suggests the possibility of a prolonged and destructive, yet inconclusive, war.”

China’s special forces need to extend overseas reach to safeguard interests, military mouthpiece says

14 August, 2016

  • China’s special forces should take a greater role in protecting ­national overseas interests, ­including energy sources and their supply lines, and play a ­bigger role in counterterrorism operations, the military’s mouthpiece said yesterday. The special forces were gradually becoming the main military instrument to deal with security, a PLA Daily commentary said.

China Likely To Replace Old Tanks With Type-96Bs

August 11, 2016

  • Chinese military is likely to replace all its older tank fleet with Type-96B tanks. “The Type-96B is the strongest variant of the Type-96 family and is truly an advanced, third-generation main battle tank,” he said. “The PLA will use it to replace the old tanks such as the Type-59 and Type-69 models,” Gao Zhuo, a military observer in Shanghai who has close contact with the People’s Liberation Army was quoted as saying by China Daily.

DSIC launches second Type 052D destroyer

09 August 2016

  • Jiangnan Changxingdao, the principal construction yard for the Type 052D, launched its ninth such vessel on 28 July. The continuing production of the Type 052D indicates the class will be larger than previously anticipated.

China’s PLA Gets Smarter (and Bigger, Faster, Stronger)

August 9, 2016

  • “Good iron isn’t used for nails, and good people don’t become soldiers,” the old Chinese phrase goes. That’s changing, and at the speed of warfare. Worldwide, a reliance on raw manpower has given way to a focus on advanced systems and high-tech weaponry, making the education of personnel a prerequisite for any advanced military. That is not lost on Beijing. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has undergone a massive makeover to mint educated soldiers — and it’s working.

Construction of two Bangladesh warships begins in China


  • China Ship Building and Offshore Company is building those ships for Bangladesh. Constructions will be completed by 2O19, the military’s PR service, ISPR, says Each of the Bangladesh’s ships will weigh 1,350 tonnes, and will 90 metre long and 11 metre wide.

Photos suggest China built reinforced hangars on disputed islands: CSIS

Aug 11, 2016

  • Satellite photographs taken in late July show China appears to have built reinforced aircraft hangars on its holdings in disputed South China Sea islands, a Washington-based research group said. The hangars on Fiery Cross, Subi and Mischief Reefs in the Spratly islands have room for any fighter jet in the Chinese air force, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) said in a report on the photographs.

China releases weaponry research project information

August 7, 2016

  • China has published information on military equipment research projects on an official weapon procurement website for the first time, to encourage compitition in the formerly closed sector, the PLA Daily reported. The procurement bureau of the equipment development department under the Central Military Commission (CMC) and the armament departments of the Army and Navy have released over 800 projects that will receive a funding of 3.7 billion yuan (557.2 million U.S. dollars).

China conducts ‘combat patrols’ over contested islands

Aug 6, 2016

  • China’s air force sent bombers and fighter jets on “combat patrols” near contested islands in the South China Sea, in a move a senior colonel said was part of an effort to normalize such drills and respond to security threats. The air force sent several H-6 bombers and Su-30 fighter jets to inspect the airspace around the Spratly Islands and Scarborough Shoal, Senior Colonel Shen Jinke of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force said, according to state news agency Xinhua.

Thailand says it will buy three Chinese submarines

Jul 1, 2016

  • Thailand will buy three submarines worth around $1 billion from China, the defense minister said on Friday, a move that signals warming ties with the regional superpower as relations with the United States cool.