Military Part 3

China will use steam catapults on its third aircraft carrier instead of electromagnetic launch but the fourth will mostly catchup to US technology

March 07, 2017

  • The next carrier (TYpe 002) after the Liaoning and the Type 001A carrier under construction in Dalian – would be equipped with at least three natural steam launch catapults, a source close to the navy told the South China Morning Post. Little is known about ‘Project 002’. The South China Morning Post says work began on the ship in 2015, in the Shanghai Jiangnan Changxingdao shipyard. It will be much larger. It may even be nuclear powered.

China Declassifies 3,000 Military Patents in Bid to Create Military-Industrial Complex

Mar 06, 2017

  • The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has declassified and released over 3,000 military patents as part of its new civil-military integration program espoused by Chinese president Xi Jinping. Of this total, 2,346 were released to the public by the National Defense Intellectual Property Office of the Equipment Development Department of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC) to promote civilian use, said the PLA. The declassified patents were published on the online PLA Weapon Equipment Acquisition Information Network. Information on this network includes the patent name, patent number, patentee, abstract and technical information.

China Expands Its Strategic Airlift Capability, Prepares to Expand Its Sphere of Influence

March 05, 2017

  • AVIC began production of the AG600 seaplane in July of 2016. The AG600 is a large flying boat, capable of landing and taking off on water, or on land-based airstrips, as it has a conventional, retractable tricycle landing gear. It is similar in size to a Boeing 737 or Airbus 320 airliner, and the largest seaplane currently in production anywhere in the world. The stated role of the aircraft is search and rescue, firefighting and humanitarian relief; however, it may also be slated to supplement the Harbin SH-5 in long range anti-submarine warfare (ASW) patrols and aerial reconnaissance. The large scale production of the Y-20 is a significant achievement of China’s state owned aviation industry, and forecasts China’s growing desire for a robust strategic airlift capability. Not only can the Y-20 transport a large amount of cargo or troops over a great distance, but it can even transport main battle tanks and other armored vehicles. With a maximum payload weight of 73 short tons, the Y-20 can transport the PLA’s most modern Type 99A or Type 96 MBTs, and any IFVs and APCs now in service. The aircraft has a maximum range exceeding 10,000 km (6,200 miles), and can carry a reduced payload of 40 short tons a range of 7,800 km. (4,850 miles). Range with the maximum payload of 73 short tons is approximately 4,500 km. (2,800 miles).

China’s amazing capabilities threatens even US defence superiority in new battlefronts

6 Mar 2017

  • Technology has changed the way wars would be fought and won. In the 20th century, wars were fought on three battlefields, namely, land, air and sea. In this century, three more battlefields have been added — space, electromagnetic, and cyber. Since China lagged far behind the United States and Russia (the successor state of the Soviet Union) in the traditional battlefields and a catch-up was not possible, Beijing has focussed on the new battlefields to challenge Washington. India’s technological capabilities in comparison to China’s are extremely modest.

Retired general: Russia and China’s military are gaining on us

March 5, 2017

  • The US military’s ability to deliver “shock and awe” on the battlefield is being overtaken by the rapidly revamping Russian and Chinese forces, the former NATO Supreme Allied commander said on Sunday. Clark, who was a Democratic candidate for president in 2004, said the United States is not spending funds on “cutting-edge” technology and that is allowing Russia and China to take the lead.

After a decade, China may have more warships than the US: commentary

March 4, 2017

  • According to some estimates, over the next 10 to15 years, China could build its fleet to a total of 500, including up to four aircraft carriers and 100 submarines as well as smaller but sophisticated corvettes, patrol boats and other combat craft. That compares to Trump’s planned expansion of the U.S. Navy to some 350 vessels, including a larger proportion of more powerful vessels, but spread across the entire world.

China also working to add hypersonic warheads to shorter range missiles

March 01, 2017

  • China has conducted seven tests of a hypersonic glide missile in recent years, six of which have been successful. While Beijing has acknowledged such testing, it was previously unknown that it is also working on a short-range hypersonic weapons development program for East Asian targets.

Keener on arms from China, Bangladesh dithers on defence pact with India

1 Mar 2017

  • Bangladesh sources much of its military hardware from China – something India is wary off. Its recent purchase of two Chinese submarines raised hackles in Delhi with some Indian defence analysts even asking why Bangladesh needed submarines at all. Bangladesh military officials are not keen on purchasing defence hardware from India, believing that India’s own reliance on military imports suggests it has few quality products of its own to offer. They point to the poor quality of equipment India supplied to Nepal and Myanmar, while admiring Chinese equipment for being cheap and easy to use.

Drones, lasers, and tanks: China shows off its latest weapons

February 27, 2017

  • At the International Defense Exhibition and Conference, one of the world’s largest arms fairs, weapons-makers from around the world show off their latest. At this year’s show in Dubai, China flaunted a range of high-tech weaponry spread across over 16,000 square feet of floor space. Included: S-20 attack submarines, FC-31 stealth fighter jets, and updates to laser and drone weaponry.

China to build first underwater platform in South China Sea


  • China will build its first long-term national underwater observation platform in key waters in the South China Sea to observe underwater conditions in real time, scientific news portal reported on Sunday. According to the report, the observation platform will probe the undersea physical, chemical, and geological dynamics, and will also be used for other purposes.

Nepal-China military drill to be held in March

Feb 24, 2017

  • Nepal and China will hold their first joint military drill towards the end of March and a delegation from the Nepal Army is set to leave for Beijing next week to discuss the scale and modalities of the exercise.

China’s FC-31 Fighter May Be Slated for Carrier Ops

February 23, 2017

  • Following the first flight of a second Shenyang FC-31 prototype, on December 23 last year, there are now discussions within the Chinese media that the improved aircraft might be slated for operations on the new Chinese carrier fleet. The aircraft has been named the “Gryfalcon.”

Meet China’s triple-hulled warship of the future

February 23, 2017

  • The Chinese trimaran frigate will be about 465 feet long, and has a beam of 105 feet and a weight of 2,450 tons. Interestingly, it may be the first Chinese warship to use an integrated electrical propulsion system (IEPS) to provide the power for driving its three pumpjets. It is unclear if the announced 2,450-ton displacement is full or light. If we’re comparing the vessel to the USS Independence subclass of the Littorial Combat Ship, the latter is designed as a high-speed platform, with a top speed estimated at 50 knots, which is faster than the Chinese trimaran frigate’s announced 30-35-knot top speed. The Chinese trimaran frigate is far more heavily armed for conventional warfare; the American ship mounts only a 57mm cannon plus provisions for anti-ship missiles while the Chinese ship boasts the capacity for a 76mm cannon, anti-ship missiles, and vertical-launching system cells for carrying anti-ship, land attack cruise and anti-air missiles.

China’s Strategic Support Force to Wage Cyber and Space War vs the US

Feb 21, 2017

  • After a year of speculation, it’s now been confirmed the Strategic Support Force (SSF) — the newest service branch of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and which was organized only in December 2015 — will be responsible for the PLA’s space, cyber and electronic warfare capabilities. The SSF possesses the capabilities to contest space and cyberspace, which to the PLA are the “new commanding heights of strategic competition.” Equally important, the SSF will develop a range of “new concept weapons.”

China May Soon Surpass America on the Artificial Intelligence Battlefield

February 21, 2017

  • The rapidity of recent Chinese advances in artificial intelligence indicates that the country is capable of keeping pace with, or perhaps even overtaking, the United States in this critical emerging technology. The successes of major Chinese technology companies, notably Baidu Inc., Alibaba Group and Tencent Holding Ltd.—and even a number of start-ups—have demonstrated the dynamism of these private-sector efforts in artificial intelligence. From speech recognition to self-driving cars, Chinese research is cutting edge. Although the military dimension of China’s progress in artificial intelligence has remained relatively opaque, there is also relevant research occurring in the People’s Liberation Army research institutes and the Chinese defense industry. Evidently, the PLA recognizes the disruptive potential of the varied military applications of artificial intelligence, from unmanned weapons systems to command and control. Looking forward, the PLA anticipates that the advent of artificial intelligence will fundamentally change the character of warfare, ultimately resulting in a transformation from today’s “informationized” (信息化) ways of warfare to future “intelligentized” (智能化) warfare.

U.S. global arms sales surge; China emerges as top-tier supplier

February 20, 2017

  • China boosted its international sales percentages from 3.8 percent of the market from 2007 to 2011, to 6.2 percent of the world market from 2012 to 2016, the report states.

New exhibition to Honor Qian Xuesen, the ‘Father of Chinese Rocketry’

Feb 18, 2017

  • Qian Xuesen, acknowledged as the “Father of Chinese Rocketry” and one of the men responsible for building China’s first atomic and hydrogen bomb, will have a special place of honor at a new exhibition displaying the progress of China’s military missiles over the past six decades. Qian, who was also known as Hsue-Shen Tsien, contributed greatly to the development of the Dongfeng family of ballistic missiles that now form the backbone of China’s strategic rocket forces operated by the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force or PLARF.

Exclusive: China finishing South China Sea buildings that could house missiles – U.S. officials

Feb 23, 2017

  • China, in an early test of U.S. President Donald Trump, has nearly finished building almost two dozen structures on artificial islands in the South China Sea that appear designed to house long-range surface-to-air missiles, two U.S. officials told Reuters.

The U.S. Navy Needs a New Fighter (And Russia and China Are to Blame)

February 10, 2017

  • The F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and the Lockheed Martin F-35C Joint Strike Fighter—which are not dedicated air superiority fighters—would not be suitable to defeat advanced adversary air defenses or enemy aircraft such as the Chengdu J-20 or other Chinese fifth-generation warplanes. “In contrast to today’s multimission strike-fighters, such as the F-35C, the design of these aircraft would need to focus mostly on the fighter mission rather than strike, so that they would have the speed, endurance, maneuverability, and air-to-air sensor capability needed for counter-air operations,” the report states.

H-20 Nuclear Strategic Bomber will Solve Maritime Crises Preventing China’s Ascent

Feb 18, 2017

  • China’s new long range strike bomber — the Xian H-20 currently under development — is being seen by some Chinese pundits as a weapon that will solve “maritime disputes that impede China’s rise,” a direct reference to the China-generated crises at the East and South China Sea.

The Chinese Air Force is about to get a swarm of fighter jets for training pilots

February 17, 2017

  • But the T-X won’t be alone. China is playing in the same sandbox with its L-15 (JL-10 in People’s Liberation Army Air Force service), an advanced training aircraft undergoing mass production at the Hongdu Aviation Industry Corporation in Nanchang. With this plane, China is quickly building up a supersonic jet trainer force, as well opening up its own export market. The L-15/JL-10 is a lead-in fighter trainer (LIFT), which is what training pilots transition to after starting off on subsonic propeller and jet aircraft. This means it is the final plane that Chinese fighter pilots will fly before taking flight in frontline fighters like the J-10, J-11, and stealthy J-20.

China wraps up exercise with three warships in South China Sea

Feb 17, 2017

  • Three Chinese warships on Friday wrapped up a week of scheduled training exercises in the South China Sea, state media said, shortly after China’s sole aircraft carrier tested its weapons in the disputed region. The flotilla of warships, including a destroyer that can launch guided missiles, had been conducting drills since Friday last week and were now sailing to the eastern India Ocean and the Western Pacific, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

China’s new aircraft carrier to be launched early 2017 and to enter the service by 2020, experts say


  • China’s second aircraft carrier is scheduled to be launched later this year and is expected to enter the service by 2020, Xu Guangyu, a retired Chinese military officer and consultant to the China Arms Control and Disarmament Assn, said in an interview with Beijing Media Network. China’s first home-made aircraft carrier, designed to be a base for fighter jets and helicopters, is now near completion. The aircraft carrier is the first of the Type 001A class, and represents an important step in advancing China’s naval power.

Drone swarming technique may change combat strategies: expert


  • After a record-breaking formation of 1,000 drones performed at the Guangzhou air show on the Chinese Lantern Festival on Saturday night, military experts predicted that the swarming technique applied in drones might change future combat strategies. During the 15-minute lighting show, 1,000 Ehang GHOSTDRONE 2.0, controlled by one engineer and one computer, showcased six different formations, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

China’s military progress challenges Western dominance, says IISS


  • Chinese military technology is reaching “near-parity” with the West, a new report from the London-based think tank IISS has found. Western dominance in advanced military systems can no longer be taken for granted. China accounted for a third of Asia’s military spending in 2016 and was looking to sell more arms abroad, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) said in a report on Tuesday.

Newest Chinese Destroyers Deployed to Defend South China Sea

Feb 12, 2017

  • The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has deployed four of the five operational Type 052D guided missile destroyers — its most modern and also referred to as the “Chinese Aegis” — to the South Sea Fleet responsible for the defense of the South China Sea.

China’s Third Aircraft Carrier will be First to use Steam Catapults to Launch Aircraft

Feb 12, 2017

  • PLAN’s two other carriers, the CNS Liaoning (CV-16) and the CNS Shandong (CV-17) use a “ski jump” located at their bows to launch their complement of Shenyang J-15 multirole fighters. All three carriers are powered by steam turbines. An aircraft carrier must be nuclear powered to deploy EMALS.

China, Russia dispatch warships for Pak naval drill in Arabian Sea

Feb 08, 2017

  • China has dispatched three warships and Russia has sent an anti-submarine ship to take part in the Pakistan Navy-led international exercise in the Arabian Sea that begins on Friday. The Aman-17 exercise will be held off the Karachi coast till February 14. Initiated in 2007, the naval drill is held every two years. This time, the drill will see the participation of the navies of 12 countries — Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Pakistan, Russia, Sri Lanka, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. In addition, observers from 31 countries will also attend the event.

China Started Serial Production of New Type 726A LCAC for PLAN

05 February 2017

  • Our partner East Pendulum is reporting that the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) is in the process of starting mass production of its equivalent to the US Navy’s LCAC, the Type 726A, at the Jiangnan Changxing Shipyard in Shanghai. This observation is based on satellite images from December 9, 2016. Type 726A are 150-ton air-cushion craft (hovercraft) designed to enter the raft of PLAN’s Type 071 LPD amphibious vessels. The early variant, the Type 726, would have encountered a number of technical problems that temporarily halted production after just four units were built. This forced the four Type 071 LPDs displacing more than 20,000 tons to limit their projection capabilities to amphibious IFVs and helicopters exclusively (not main battle tanks).

New Chinese missile makes latest appearance in drills

Feb. 6, 2017

  • A highly accurate Chinese ballistic missile capable of threatening U.S. and Japanese bases in Asia has made its latest appearance at recent Rocket Force drills. The medium-range DF-16 featured in a video posted last week on the Defense Ministry’s website showing the missiles aboard their 10-wheeled mobile launch vehicles being deployed in deep forest during exercises over the just-concluded Lunar New Year holiday.

China sails warships near islands Mattis vowed to defend for Japan

February 06, 2017

  • Three Chinese warships sailed near the contested Senkaku Islands Monday, apparently sending a message to the U.S. just two days after President Trump’s defense secretary visited Japan and vowed to defend the islands. The ships sailed within Japan’s territorial waters some 12 nautical miles off the islands in the East China Sea, roughly 140 miles northeast of Taiwan, a U.S. defense official told Fox News.

Thailand and China: Brothers in arms

February 2, 2017

  • Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, Bangkok’s point man on relations with China, visited Beijing in December to propose building a Chinese weapons maintenance and production center in Thailand. In another sign of growing bilateral defense cooperation, the Thai and Chinese air forces conducted their first joint exercise in 2015, while their marine forces in 2016 participated in “Blue Strike,” a joint drill at the Sattahip naval base. These exercises coincided with a decision by the U.S. to reduce its role in Cobra Gold — Asia’s largest annual multinational military exercise, held in Thailand — in an effort to pressure the junta to restore democracy.

Here Comes China’s First Home-Built Aircraft Carrier

Feb 1, 2017

  • A report in Defense News states China is making steady progress on its second aircraft carrier, the Shandong. Under construction near Shanghai, Shandong is set to be China’s first domestically produced aircraft carrier and the first to be combat-ready. Like Liaoning, Shandong will also utilize a STOBAR (Short Take-Off But Arrested Recovery) system. Under STOBAR, aircraft are launched taking off from a ramp on the ship’s bow. Although China has constructed traditional steam-powered catapults at its naval aviation base, it apparently wants to leapfrog to the latest Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) technology, which is being fitted to the U.S. Navy’s new Ford-class carriers.

Former ADF head says China’s military rise in South China Sea is almost complete

February 2, 2017

  • A SENIOR defence expert has warned it’s “too late” to stop China from taking ownership of the South China Sea. “In my view it is too late to stop the China program in the South China Sea,” said Sir Angus. “What is important now is to ensure freedom of navigation and the right of innocent passage.

China Leaks First Photos of New AEW&C plane for New Aircraft Carrier

Jan 31, 2017

  • Chinese state media has stage managed the release of the first pictures of what it claims is a prototype of China’s first carrier-based airborne early warning and control aircraft (AEW&C) aircraft that performs functions similar to the U.S. Navy’s Northrop Grumman E-2D Hawkeye. The unnamed prototype was spotted on the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN) “carrier on land” at the Huangdicun Air Base in Wuhan province. This facility is a full size replica of the flight deck of the CNS Liaoning (CV-16), China’s only operational aircraft carrier, and is used to test aircraft and equipment that will equip two new carriers now being built.

China Tests Missile With 10 Warheads

January 31, 2017

  • China flight tested a new variant of a long-range missile with 10 warheads in what defense officials say represents a dramatic shift in Beijing’s strategic nuclear posture. The flight test of the DF-5C missile was carried out earlier this month using 10 multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles, or MIRVs. The test of the inert warheads was monitored closely by U.S. intelligence agencies, said two officials familiar with reports of the missile test.

Chinese Aircraft Carrier Program to Make New Advances in 2017


  • The progress of China’s aircraft carrier program continues to move forward into the new year after achieving a number of milestones in 2016. Several PLAN corvettes, frigates and destroyers accompanied the Liaoning, which was carrying Changhe Z-18 and Harbin Z-9 helicopters, along with more than a dozen Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark carrier-borne fighters.

China Eyes Breakthrough R&D Defense Plan to Take on US Technological Dominance


  • Some Chinese and Western specialists point out that the new commission is expected to contribute to diversification of China’s defense industry. However, this assumption is ambiguous since the extent of diversification in the Chinese defense industry is already significant. Currently, civilian production dominates defense R&D activities in all 10 Chinese major defense companies, with some of them having a 20 or even 10 percent share of military production.

China’s new microwave weapon can disable missiles and paralyze tanks

January 26, 2017

  • For over 6 years, Huang Wenhua and his team at the Northwest Institute of Nuclear Technology in Xi’an have been working on a potent microwave weapon. This one, which recently won China’s National Science and Technology Progress Award, is small enough to fit on a lab work bench, making it theoretically portable enough for land vehicles and aircraft. But the real combat potential of the microwave weapon comes in offense. Carried in by a stealthy drone or cruise missile, it would be able to disable sophisticated enemy defenses like SAM and anti-ship missile batteries; fry enemy radars, communications, and control systems; paralyze tank battalions; and even neutralize other EW platforms.

China May Be Developing New Long-Range Air-to-Air Missile

January 26, 2017

  • BEIJING (Reuters) – China may be testing a new, long-range air-to-air missile that could take out early warning aircraft and aerial refueling aircraft, a state-run newspaper said on Thursday, after pictures of the new missile surfaced online. The missile may even have an actual range of 400 km (249 miles), exceeding those used by Western air forces, and dive down on targets from the stratosphere, he added.

Russia, China Pose Growing Threat to US Satellites – Strategic Command Chief


  • US Air Force Gen. John Hyten said that Russia and China are developing their anti-satellite capabilities and will soon pose a threat to the United States in space.

China’s Xi to head new commission for military-civilian development

Jan 22, 2017

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping will head a new commission overseeing joint military and civilian development, state media said, as the country continues with an ambitious military modernization program.

China’s Fifth Type 052D Kunming-class Destroyer “Xining” Commissioned in PLAN North Sea Fleet

22 January 2017

  • According to the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) the fifth Type 052D (NATO reporting name Luyang III class) destroyer Xining (hull number 117), was commissioned today with China’s North Sea Fleet. The vessel is now homeported at Qingdao Naval Base located in North East China’s Shandong province.

Submarines: Chinese Kilo Evolves Beyond the Original

January 21, 2017

  • The Chinese Navy has apparently resumed building more of its version of the Russian Kilo class diesel-electric subs. Construction appeared have halted in in 2013. Then at the end of 2016 three more of these Yuan class (Type 39B/41) subs were seen under construction. The last new Type 41 appeared in late 2013 but even before that there were indications that this was another pause to absorb user experience with the current model and plan modifications for the next batch. This is apparently the three new ones detected. When these enter service China will have twelve Type 41s, plus three of the earlier Type 39A versions. The three latest 41s have many modifications and upgrades, some of them visible because of minor changes in the conning tower or hull features. China is apparently upgrading its sensor and fire control electronics but the capabilities of these won’t be detected until foreign subs encounter the new 41s at sea. At that point U.S. subs will be able to construct an acoustic and electronic “signature” of the new 41s so they can be more easily and quickly identified in the future.

‘Be prepared to throw punches’: Chinese military raises alarm over rising threat from spying

17 January, 2017

  • Beijing is stepping up efforts to counter what it sees as growing security threats from foreign spying on China, the military’s mouthpiece warned on Monday. According to a PLA Daily commentary, a number of incidents indicated that the risk from foreign reconnaissance was cause for alarm.

China’s new aircraft carrier hints at the future of its navy

January 13, 2017

  • Last month China reported that its aircraft carrier Liaoning was ready to start operational service. The country’s navy provided proof on Christmas Day, sending out its first carrier battle group (CVBG) through the Miyako Straits, around Taiwan, and into the South China Sea, launching and recovering aircraft along the way. The Liaoning carried at least three Z-18 helicopters and eight J-15 fighters, as well as two Type 052C (171) destroyers, one Type 052D destroyer, two Type 054A frigates (538, 556), a Type 903A refueling ship, and a Type 056 corvette. Looking ahead to 2030, the next Chinese carrier will likely look very similar to the Liaoning CVBG, with updated destroyers and frigates that provide a more advanced layered defense and missile strike system. It will likely be accompanied by an arsenal of drones. And then comes the nuclear-powered carriers of the Type 003 Chinese aircraft carrier. The Type 003 itself would likely have a displacement of around 90,000-100,000 tons and carry anywhere from between 70-100 helicopters and fixed wing aircraft, and have multiple aircraft elevators and a single island superstructure. With a nuclear-powered reactor, the Type 003 could reach speeds in excess of 30 knots. The reactors could also provide the power for electromagnetically assisted launch system (EMALS) catapults (the preceding conventional Type 002 carrier may use steam catapults). EMALS catapults have improved efficiency and are less maintenance intensive than steam catapults.

New PLA Navy ship unveiled


  • Vessel has top speed of 37 km/h and displacement of 6,000 metric tons The People’s Liberation Army Navy has commissioned a new electronic reconnaissance ship, a PLA Navy media outlet reported on Wednesday in a rare move that also made public the composition of the nation’s electronic intelligence fleet. The CNS Kaiyangxing, or Mizar, with hull code 856, was delivered to a combat support flotilla of the North Sea Fleet on Tuesday morning in Qingdao, Shandong province, Modern Navy said on its WeChat account on Wednesday.

As Maritime Silk Road takes root, China docks submarine in Malaysia

January 10, 2017

  • For the first time, a Chinese submarine has docked at a port in Malaysia, signaling deepening military ties between the two countries, which are already partners in the development of the Beijing- led Maritime Silk Road (MSR). The four day stopover of the submarine from January 3 at the port of Kota Kinabalu, is being seen as a trigger for elevated tensions in the South China Sea (SCS). The Malaysian port has a naval base facing the SCS.

Chinese bomber flies round contested Spratlys in show of force – U.S. official

Jan 10, 2017

  • A Chinese H-6 strategic bomber flew around the Spratly Islands at the weekend in a new show of force in the contested South China Sea, a U.S. official said on Tuesday. It was the second such flight by a Chinese bomber in the South China Sea this year. The first was on Jan. 1, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Taiwan scrambles jets, navy as China aircraft carrier enters Taiwan Strait

Jan 11, 2017

  • Taiwan scrambled jets and navy ships on Wednesday as a group of Chinese warships, led by its sole aircraft carrier, sailed through the Taiwan Strait, the latest sign of heightened tension between Beijing and the self-ruled island.

Does China’s deep-sea tech upgrade point to submarine signals network under Pacific?

04 January, 2017

  • Buoys anchored between 400 and 500 metres beneath the surface of the Western Pacific would be upgraded this year, state media quoted scientists involved in the project as saying. The researchers said the ­submerged sensors helped with research into areas such as climate change and ocean ­currents, and the upgrade would allow the equipment in the buoys to send data directly back to bases in China via satellite technology, Xinhua reported on Sunday.

Report: China Could Have 351 Navy Ships (Bigger America’ Navy) By 2020

January 4, 2017

  • China has plans to grow its navy to 351 ships by 2020 as the Chinese continue to develop their military’s ability to strike global targets, according to a recent Congressional report. Regarding amphibious assault ships, the Chinese are planning to add several more YUZHAO LPDs, amphibs which can carry 800 troops, four helicopters and up to 20 armored vehicles, the report said.

China’s Air Force is Growing in Size and Technological Edge


  • The U.S. Air Force’s technological air power superiority over China is rapidly diminishing in light of rapid Chinese modernization of fighter jets, missiles, air-to-air weapons, cargo planes and stealth aircraft, according to analysts, Pentagon officials and a Congressional review released several years ago. The analyst said that in 1995 a high-tech U.S. F-15, F-16 or F/A-18 would be vastly superior to a Chinese J-6 aircraft. However today — China’s J-10 and J-11 fighter jet aircraft would be roughly equivalent in capability to an upgraded U.S. F-15, the review states.

2016 Was a Big Year for China’s Military: Carriers, Missiles and More

December 29, 2016

  • China’s military advanced along several fronts in 2016 in its concerted program to develop new asymmetric and conventional warfare capabilities while continuing to challenge the United States for military control of key waterways in Asia. As the year ended, China conducted a flight test of a new missile known as the Dong Ning-3 that the Pentagon believes is a missile designed to hit US satellites in space in a crippling attack in the early phases of a conflict that would limit American military forces from navigating forces, pinpointing targets and gathering intelligence. Between the new DF-41, still under development, and the increased warheads on the DF-5, strategic war planners are now beginning to re-calculate the warhead size and mix for the US nuclear arsenal to be better prepared to deter the expanding Chinese nuclear force.

Nepal and China to stage joint military exercise


  • China’s People’s Liberation Army said on Thursday that it is holding first ever joint military exercise with Nepal. China and Nepal’s militaries have had many forms of exchanges in recent years, Spokesperson for China’s Defence Ministry Yang Yujun said at a press conference in Beijing on Thursday. “China and Nepal had been in ‘initial communication’ about a joint army exercise and details would be announced in due time.”

Russia Delivers First Batch Of Four Su-35 Fighters To China: Russian Website

December 30, 2016

  • Russia is believed to have supplied the first batch of four Su-35 fighters to China. According to a Russian web resource, Komcity, “In accordance with the signed contract earlier this year, the first batch of jet aircraft originally planned to deliver to China after the New Year, but the Russian side agreed to accelerate the transfer of aircraft and appointed deadline December 25th.”

Watch China’s Military Rocket Force Show Off Its Might

Dec 28, 2016

  • The video opens with a convoy of PLARF trucks on a dusty road, and a DF-21 missile being hoisted high into the air on its transporter/erector/launcher (TEL)—basically a ten-wheeled military truck designed to safely haul the missile around and launch it. The DF-21 (DF stands for Dong Feng or “East Wind”) medium-range missile has a range of 1,000 miles and can pack either a high-explosive warhead or a 200 to 300-kiloton nuclear warhead. The DF-21 can hit targets as far away as Japan or deep inside inside India. A special version of the DF-21, the DF-21D, has been developed to attack American aircraft carriers at sea.

China’s 30th Type 056 Corvette (Jiangdao class) Commissioned in PLAN East Sea Fleet

28 December 2016

  • A commissioning, naming and flag-presenting ceremony of the new Ningde (hull number 510) Type 056 Corvette (Jiangdao class) of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) was held solemnly today at the Xiamen Naval Base (a port city on China’s southeast coast, across a strait from Taiwan). The event means the vessel is officially commissioned to the PLAN. Ningde is the thirtieth Type 056 Corvette delivered to the PLAN fleet.

China tests fifth-generation stealth fighters

December 26, 2016

  • China on Monday tested the latest version of its FC-31 Gyrfalcon stealth fighter jet, state media reported citing aviation sources. The prototype is the newest version of the J-31, first unveiled four years ago, which reportedly took to the skies for the first time on Friday in Shenyang, the capital of Liaoning province. The aircraft, a twin-engine, fifth-generation fighter jet is reportedly China’s answer to the US F-35, which the United States sells exclusively. It is an upgraded version of the fighter jet which debuted four years ago because it has improved electronics and can carry more munitions, among other enhancements.

Nepal-China military drill worries India

Dec 27, 2016

  • Nepal PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal has been performing a balancing act between India and China, but Kathmandu’s proposed first joint military exercise with Beijing early next year has triggered considerable unease in New Delhi.

Jiangnan Shipyard in China Launched the Twelfth Type 052D Destroyer for the PLAN

26 December 2016

  • Pictures published by spotters in China show that the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) twelth Type 052D Destroyer (NATO reporting name Luyang III class) was launched on December 26 2016 at the Jiangnan-Changxing naval shipyard near Shanghai. Three Type 052D Destroyers were launched in 2015 and three were launched this year. This is the tenth vessel of the type to be launched by Jiangnan-Changxing shipyard (the twelfth unit in total). Another shipyard, Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company, launched two destroyers of the class to date (in November 2015 and August 2016).

China Prepares Secretive H-20 Strategic Stealth Bomber


  • A Chinese admiral said that China and the rest of the world must be patient while waiting for the H-20 to be launched. China has not yet produced an operational, large-tonnage bomber aircraft capable of hitting long-range targets. Nevertheless, a host of technologies that Beijing expects the “legendary” aircraft to carry, including cruise missiles and nuclear arms, “are all in place,” Rear Admiral Yin Zhuo of the People’s Liberation Army said, ripening the conditions for the country’s development of a stealth bomber.

Thailand seeks to develop military production facilities with China

Dec 21, 2016

  • Thailand and China are in talks about building military production facilities in Thailand, a Thai defense ministry spokesman said on Wednesday, the latest sign of warming relations between China and America’s oldest ally in Asia. “The defense minister told his Chinese counterpart that we are interested in setting up facilities to repair and maintain the Chinese equipment we currently have in our arsenal,” ministry spokesman Kongcheep Tantravanich told Reuters.

The Sound of Silence: Chinese Subs to Become Superstealth


  • Chinese scientists have reportedly devised a new system of active acoustic protection for submarines. In a commentary for Sputnik, Russian military expert Vasily Kashin elaborated on the significance the use of this novel technology will have for the Chinese Navy. In contrast to the existing passive systems of noise suppression, the technology of active acoustic protection is meant to either mask the noise generated by a submarine’s propulsion system of jam enemy sonar.

Navy Needs More Ships to Counter China, Russia

December 16, 2016

  • The U.S. Navy needs a much larger fleet to defend America’s interests while countering China’s growing capabilities and a resurgent Russia, according to a new assessment released by the service. The Navy should have a fleet of 355 ships to counter potential adversaries of the United States, according to the 2016 Force Structure Assessment, a study begun in January to evaluate the long-term defense security requirements for future naval forces. “To continue to protect America and defend our strategic interests around the world, all while continuing the counter terrorism fight and appropriately competing with a growing China and resurgent Russia, our Navy must continue to grow,” Mabus said in a statement Friday. “All of the analysis done to date, inside and outside of the Navy, recognizes, as we have for nearly the last eight years, the need for a larger fleet.”

India, China vow to step up military-to-military ties

Dec 15, 2016

  • A top Chinese General visited India last week and met Indian army’s top brass with both sides agreeing to step up military-to-military ties and enhancing “pragmatic” cooperation.

China stole US underwater drone in South China Sea as Americans watched

December 16, 2016

  • The American crew watched the Chinese take the underwater drone from a short distance away. The Chinese Navy ship was only a quarter of a mile away, a defense official told Fox News. The Chinese have been regularly shadowing U.S. Navy vessels in the South China Sea for months, Fox News was told. The Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank, reported Wednesday that China apparently set up anti-aircraft guns and close-in weapons systems designed to guard against missile attacks on all seven of its man-made islands in the strategically vital area. After the Chinese vessel plucked the drone out of the water, the American research ship’s crew tried to call the Chinese ship over bridge-to-bridge radio, but to no avail.

Russia to provide first batch of Sukhoi-35 jets to China by mid December — source

December 14, 2016

  • Russia will provide to China the first batch of four Sukhoi-35 jets by December 25, 2016, a source within the system of military-technical cooperation with other countries told TASS.

China installs weapons systems on artificial islands: U.S. think tank

Dec 15, 2016

  • China appears to have installed weapons, including anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems, on all seven of the artificial islands it has built in the South China Sea, a U.S. think tank reported, citing new satellite imagery. “Among other things, they would be the last line of defense against cruise missiles launched by the United States or others against these soon-to-be-operational air bases.” “They keep saying they are not militarizing, but they could deploy fighter jets and surface-to-air missiles tomorrow if they wanted to,” he said. “Now they have all the infrastructure in place for these interlocking rings of defense and power projection.”The report said the installations would likely back up a defensive umbrella provided by a future deployment of mobile surface-to-air missile (SAM) platforms like the HQ-9 system deployed to Woody Island in the Paracel Islands, farther to the north in the South China Sea.

China’s 28th & 29th Type 056 Corvettes (Jiangdao class) Commissioned in PLAN East Sea Fleet

13 December 2016

  • A commissioning, naming and flag-presenting ceremony of the new Boading (hull number 511) and Heze (hull number 512) of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) was held solemnly at the Lianyungang Naval Base (located North of Shanghai). The event means that both vessels are officially commissioned to the PLAN. Boading and Heze are respectively the twenty-eigth and twenty-ninth Type 056 Corvettes (Jiangdao class) in the PLAN fleet.

China powers up military jet engine tech to wean itself off Russian imports

12 December, 2016

  • China is ready to launch its new ­J-11D fighter after it failed to acquire Russian engines on schedule and was forced to develop its own technology, military observers said. The progress included advances in home-grown turbofan technology and radar systems, and showed that Beijing was no longer reliant on Russian engines for its new generation of fighters, analysts said. Some of the most noticeable improvements are in the radar system, the addition of a computer-controlled antenna that can point in different directions without moving, and greater use of composites and stealth coatings in the fuselage to cut weight. The maiden flight also revealed that the J-11D is powered by a WS-10 engine, a turbofan design originally developed by a subsidiary of Chinese aerospace giant Aviation Industry Corporation of China (Avic), SAC’s parent company.

China Prepares forAnti-Satellite Missile Test

December 9, 2016

  • China is preparing to conduct a flight test of a new missile capable of destroying satellites in space, one of Beijing’s most potent asymmetric warfare weapons. Test preparations for the Dong Neng-3 anti-satellite missile were detected at a military facility in central China, according to Pentagon officials familiar with reports of the impending test. China’s ballistic missile defense and anti-satellite missile programs are closely intertwined. After Beijing came under international criticism following a 2007 anti-satellite missile test that left thousands of pieces of floating debris in space, it began conducting its anti-satellite missile program under cover of a missile defense system.

China flies nuclear-capable bomber in South China Sea after Trump Taiwan call, US officials say

December 09, 2016

  • China flew a long-range nuclear-capable bomber outside China for the first time since President-elect Donald Trump spoke with the president of Taiwan, two US officials told Fox News. The dramatic show of force was meant to send a message to the new administration, according to the officials. It marks the second time Beijing flew bombers in the region since Trump was elected. The Chinese H-6 bomber flew along the disputed “Nine-Dash line” Thursday, which surrounds the South China Sea and dozens of disputed Chinese islands, many claimed by other countries in the region.

China upgrades force projection doctrine

December 7, 2016

  • Along with a large-scale nuclear and conventional arms buildup, China is upgrading its military doctrine to include guidance focusing on rapid military power projection, according to Pentagon intelligence officials. Disclosure of the rapid force projection guidance comes as Chinese President Xi Jinping announced after a meeting of military leaders that the PLA is adopting major reforms designed to streamline the military. Mr. Xi, who chairs the Central Military Commission in addition to being Communist Party general secretary and head of state, announced the scaled-down military structure following a two-day conference on military reforms with 230 senior officers.

China Has Built the Biggest and Baddest Conventional Submarine in the World

December 5, 2016

  • In 2010, China’s first—and only, so far—Qing-class submarine sailed out to sea following nearly six years of construction. Displacing 6,628 tons submerged and measuring exactly the length of a football field at one hundred yards long (ninety-two meters), it is by most accounts the largest diesel submarine ever built. That China would even consider developing such a large diesel submarine is due to the advent of Air-Independent Propulsion (AIP) systems, which encompass a variety of technologies that allow engines and generators onboard a submarine to operate while consuming little or no oxygen. AIP systems can be even quieter than the reactors onboard nuclear submarines, and can efficiently propel the ship electrically for weeks, albeit only at slower speeds.

The Chinese acoustics research that might help shield submarines from sonar

05 December, 2016

  • Chinese scientists are developing a technique they hope will be able to make submarines invisible to sonar detection under the sea. If successful, it would ultimately involve covering subs with special rings made of aluminium alloys. The researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing and Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan in Hubei province experimented with rings about 14 cm across and with periodically etched grooves. They found that sound waves were guided around the rings rather than bouncing back, which would allow them to be traced by sonar detectors.

Pakistan Army chief loved Chinese weaponry

04th December 2016

  • Just before his promotion as the army chief of Pakistan, General Qamar Javed Bajwa headed the procurement committee that decided acquisition of a host of weapons, weapon systems and gadgets for deployment along the border and Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. Among the equipment cleared for procurement include six types of radars from China, a radar, a gradient distribution system and electronic warfare and early warfare systems from Russia to strengthen air defence system. This move by Pakistan came soon after India cleared purchase of S 400 advanced air defence systems from Russia.

Sri Lanka to purchase giant Y-20 aircraft from China

December 05, 2016

  • Further strengthening the economic, diplomatic and military ties with China, Sri Lanka has decided to purchase at least two Chinese modern Xian Y20 military transport aircraft. Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in an interview with South China Morning Post has said that his government’s intention was to buy dual-use military planes that can also carry tourists.

Xi calls for smaller but more capable army


  • Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for a smaller army with better combat capability and optimized structure as the military reform deepens. “This is a major, inevitable change,” Xi told the meeting. “We must seize the opportunity and make breakthroughs.” “Accordingly, there have been new changes in terms of the military’s size, structure, and formation, which features smaller in size, more capable in strength, modulization and multi-functionality, with scientific factors playing bigger roles,” Xi said.

Air Force: Hypersonic Missiles From China, Russia Pose Growing Danger to U.S.

November 30, 2016

  • The United States is vulnerable to future attack by hypersonic missiles from China and Russia and is falling behind in the technology race to develop both defensive and offensive high-speed maneuvering arms, according to a new Air Force study. “The People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation are already flight-testing high-speed maneuvering weapons (HSMWs) that may endanger both forward deployed U.S. forces and even the continental United States itself,” an executive summary of the report says. “These weapons appear to operate in regimes of speed and altitude, with maneuverability that could frustrate existing missile defense constructs and weapon capabilities.”

Rear Admiral: PLA capable of warfare in 2 seas

November 29, 2016

  • The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force is now capable of responding to warfare in two different bodies of waters at the same time, as shown by its latest drill, said military expert Rear Admiral Yin Zhuo. “Flying over two straits at the same time is indeed a serious challenge for the PLA Air Force,” said Yin, explaining that the Bashi Strait is up to 1,000 kilometers away from the closest Chinese airport and the flight could encounter complicated weather and maritime conditions. “Even if warfare breaks out in the East China Sea and the South China Sea at the same time, the PLA Air Force is still capable of responding.”

China’s Mach 6 Monster Air-to-Air Missile Could Make the U.S. Air Force Come in for a ‘Crash Landing’

November 28, 2016

  • The Chinese military has apparently test-fired a new — and potentially powerful — very-long-range air-to-air missile. If reports are accurate, the new weapon could hit U.S. aircraft at twice the range at which the Americans can shoot back. China has developed air-to-air missiles at a pace at least as rapid as its development of fighter aircraft. The new very-long-range air-to-air missile, or VLRAAM, appeared suddenly. Foreign observers apparently don’t even know what the Chinese call the new munition.

China says to boost military ties with strategic Djibouti

Nov 24, 2016

  • China will boost military ties with Djibouti, strategically located in the Horn of Africa, state media quoted a senior Chinese army officer as saying during a visit to a country where China is building its first overseas naval base.

Pakistan Navy considering buying warships from China, Turkey

November 25, 2016

  • Pakistan Navy is considering buying super-fast ships from China and Turkey for its special squadron to be deployed at the Gwadar Seaport for the security purpose, officials said on Thursday. “A squadron may have four to six warships,” an official of Pakistan Navy told The Express Tribune on the sidelines of the on-going defence exhibition, IDEAS 2016, at the Karachi Expo Centre.

Chinese navy ships to be deployed at Gwadar: Pak navy official

Nov 25, 2016

  • China would deploy its naval ships along with Pakistan Navy to safeguard the strategic Gwadar port, a navy official said. The move would open up a new and cheaper cargo route for transporting oil to China as well as export of Chinese goods to the Middle East and Africa.

China is testing a new long-range, air-to-air missile that could thwart U.S. plans for air warfare

November 22, 2016

  • In November 2016, a Chinese J-16 strike fighter test-fired a gigantic hypersonic missile, successfully destroying the target drone at a very long range. Looking at takeoff photos, we estimate the missile is about 28 percent of the length of the J-16, which measures 22 meters (about 72 feet). The puts the missile at about 19 feet, and roughly 13 inches in diameter. The missile appears to have four tailfins. Reports are that the size would put into the category of a very long range air to air missile (VLRAAM) with ranges exceeding 300 km (roughly 186 miles), likely max out between 250 and 310 miles. (As a point of comparison, the smaller 13.8-foot, 15-inch-diameter Russian R-37 missile has a 249-mile range).This is a big deal: this missile would easily outrange any American (or other NATO) air-to-air missile. Additionally, the VLRAAM’s powerful rocket engine will push it to Mach 6 speeds, which will increase the no escape zone (NEZ), that is the area where a target cannot outrun the missile, against even supersonic targets like stealth fighters.

China, Malaysia begin joint military exercises amid closer ties


  • Chinese and Malaysian armed forces began a joint exercise on Tuesday in Paya Indah, a wetlands park in the state of Selangor, as the two countries aim to forge closer military ties and safety and security cooperation. “Aman Youyi 2016,” or “Peace Friendship 2016,” is a joint exercise on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, involving 410 participants from the Malaysian Armed Forces and 195 from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. Observers from the Royal Thai Armed Forces will also witness the exercise.

Tanzania: Magufuli for Closer Dar, Beijing Military Ties

22 November 2016

  • President John Magufuli has assured Chinese President Xi Jinping of continued cooperation in strengthening capacity of the armies of the two countries and other social development matters.

PH eyes Russia’s, China’s help to boost defenses

November 21, 2016

  • The Philippines plans to beef up its defense capabilities with the help of countries like Russia and China, as it seeks to establish industrial defense complexes in areas considered highly “vulnerable to attacks.” Plaza explained that Peza had begun “window shopping” for prospective locators from Russia, China, Israel and other countries that have sophisticated defense industries.

The U.S. Army Is Getting Ready for A Big Test: Killing Russian and Chinese Weapons

November 18, 2016

  • The global proliferation of Russian and Chinese weapons massively increases the likelihood that US Army forces will confront tanks, drones, electronic warfare systems, precision munitions, armored vehicles and artillery made by near-peer competitors. Although the prospect of major-power mechanized ground war between the US and Russia or China may not seem likely, the US Army is tasked with the need to be ready for any ground-combat scenario. What this means, Army leaders expained, is that the current and future combat environment the globe is both increasingly urban and armed with Russian and Chinese-made tanks and weapons.