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Cadence Column: Asia, January 15, 2018


Jeffery Lewis at the Daily Beast has finally found a solution to the problem with North Korea: Kim Jong Un’s port-a-potty. By bombing the dynastic successor’s port-a-potty, the US would demonstrate both precision and presence. This would be the proverbial “arrow” from Robin Hood, conveniently shooting its way into the Sheriff’s chamber. Though the “papers” … Continue reading

China conducts training of H-6K bombers 1,000 km outside first island chain


The following is based on a translation of a report in Chinese media: Beijing Morning Post says in its report that Shen Jinke, spokesman of the Chinese air force, announced the news that China’s H-6K bombers and various types of fighter/bombers and early warning aircraft conducted training more than 1,000 km outside the first island … Continue reading

Changes in China’s J-31 fighter jet are meant to appeal to export market


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: Chinanews.com reports on changes to the Chinese J-31 fighter jet model displayed at the Dubai Airshow. The major ones are the change of the trapezoid tail into perpendicular sweepback one, the integrated cabin cover, the change in the structure of … Continue reading

China and Japan report fighter jet confrontations in East China Sea ADIZ


The following is based in part on a translation of a report in Chinese Media: China’s PLA Daily says in a report on China’s East Sea Fleet, “A foreign fighter jet entered China’s East China Sea Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ). “A fighter jet of a certain Chinese east air division took off urgently, flew … Continue reading

China deployed J-11BH aircraft to deal with US patrol near artificial islands in South China Sea


The following is based on a translation of a report in Chinese from pro-China Hong Kong media: Hong Kong’s Singtao Daily said in its report early today that the Chinese military have published a set of photos showing that it has deployed J-11BH heavy fighters at an airport on Yongxing Island in the South China … Continue reading

Russia will sell China 4 battalions of S-400 air defence missiles


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: China’s mil.huanqiu.com said in its report that according to a report by Russia’s state run sputniknews.com, the chief executive of the Russian state-run arms trader Rosoboronexport told reporters that his company will supply S-400 air defence systems to China according … Continue reading

China test flies Z-11WB reconnaissance helicopter


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: A report on news.qq.com says that China’s Z-11WB armed helicopter conducted its successful first test flight recently. It is a ground attack, reconnaissance and anti-terrorism light armed helicopter developed on the basis of China’s homegrown AC311 helicopter, to be delivered … Continue reading

China to merge aircraft engine producers to make top aircraft engines


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: According to a China Times’ report carried on mil.huanqiu.com, in order to pool all resources for the production of aircraft engines that must catch up with the products of world advanced aircraft engine producers such as CFM international by 2020, … Continue reading

China says small-batch production of J-20 stealth fighter to begin in 2016


The following is based on a translation of a report in Chinese media: The Global Times (Chinese edition) reports that a Chinese military expert has disclosed that China will be able to carry out a small-batch production trial of China’s new Chengdu J-20 prototype stealth fighters by 2016. Test flights of considerable duration have now … Continue reading

China reveals new AEW&C KJ-500


The following is based on a translation of a report in Chinese media: Chinese media people.com.cn reports on China’s new airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft, the KJ-500. The report says that though its platform is smaller than the KJ-2000, the KJ-500 as an all-weather integrated airborne early warning, command and control aircraft is … Continue reading

China ready to begin serial production of 4th-generation helicopters by 2020


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: At the opening of the Tianjin Helicopter Expo, reporters of China’s mil.huanqiu.com and Aviation News Weekly interviewed Hong Jiao, vice general manager of AVIC Helicopters and director of the AVIC Helicopter Design Research Institute on the development of Chinese helicopters. … Continue reading

Test flight of China’s new hypersonic flying vehicle


The following is based on translations of reports on Chinese news sites: Recently news about China’s test of a new type of high-speed flying vehicle is viral on Chinese Internet. What attracts web users’ keen attention is the A recent report by Chinese website mil.huanqiu.com told about a recent very difficult maiden test flight of … Continue reading

China and Russia to jointly develop new heavy helicopter


Chinese news site mil.huanqiu.com says that China is discussing with Russia the development of a new heavy helicopter. China has no experience in making such heavy helicopters, so wants Russia’s cooperation as China found the Russian Mi-26 heavy helicopter’s performance very satisfactory for the relief work for the earthquake disaster in Wenchuan. The report says … Continue reading

China to have stealth attack helicopter by 2020


The following is based on translations of reports in Chinese media: The China Daily says in its report that China’s major helicopter producer AVIC disclosed that China would have a stealth attack helicopter by 2020. The helicopter is regarded as China’s version of America’s Apache. It is able to attack first without being detected by … Continue reading

China’s new KJ-500 aircraft to replace KJ-2000 as major AEW&C


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: Hong Kong media mil.ifent.com reports that in the military parade on September 3, China displayed its new AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning & Control), the KJ-500, for the first time. The article in the Talking on Weapons & War section of … Continue reading

China has made successful test flights of new types of advanced aircraft engines


The following is based on a translation from a Chinese news site: Mil.huanqiu.com says in its recent report on China’s the development of aircraft engines that AVIC (Aviation Industry Corporation of China) Turbine Institute has developed a derivative series of core prototypes since the beginning of this century. Now, with abundant funds from the state, … Continue reading

China says its new JH-7 electronic fighter is able to shoot down stealth aircraft at medium range


The following is based on a translation of a report in Chinese media: In its report, mil.news.sina.com.cn says that the new electronic variant of the JH-7 fighter/bomber is able to shoot down stealth aircraft at medium range. The new JH-7 uses technology similar to the US EA-18G and is able to shoot down the US … Continue reading

China’s J-20 stealth fighter jet has new stealth coating


The following is based on a translation from a report in Chinese media: Chinese news site mil.news.sina.com.cn posted a photo of the new test flight of the new version of the J-20 no. 2013 stealth fighter jet. There are accompanying comments that the stealth fighter jet looks slimmer viewed from a rare new angle. The … Continue reading

China says its home-grown large aircraft are a new driving force for China’s manufacturing sector


Chinese government’s primetime TV news CCTV  yesterday gave first place to its report on China’s three new large aircraft. It said that China’s efforts in developing large aircraft have reached the harvesting stage. General assembly of China’s AG600, the world’s largest amphibious aircraft, began yesterday and construction of China’s C919 airliner will begin soon. China’s … Continue reading

China says it will produce over 300 of its new large military transport aircraft Y-20 within 10 years, surpassing the US in technology


The following is based on a translation of a report in Chinese media: Mil.news.sina.com.cn reports that China’s new prototype of the Y-20 large military transport aircraft has succeeded in its recent test flight. It is the fourth Y-20 prototype known so far. China’s first prototype of the Y-20 large transport aircraft successfully carried out its … Continue reading

China says its Caihong-4 drone is the world’s best, better than US Predator-A


The following is based on a translation from  report in Chinese media: China’s mil.huanqiu.com carries cnr.cn’s report on China’s Caihong drones, after cnr.cn broadcast an interview with Shi Wen, chief engineer of the Caihong series of drones. In the interview Shi said, “The Caihong-4 drone is a new unmanned aerial vehicle that has been developed … Continue reading

China wants long-range strategic bomber to strike adversaries farther away


China needs to develop a long-range strategic bomber to strike adversaries farther away from its coast in the event of conflict, state media reported Tuesday, quoting defence experts. Beijing has been steadily beefing up its military through years of double-digit increases in defence spending, rapidly expanding its naval power, commissioning its first aircraft carrier and … Continue reading

China says its Shendiao drone can stop American stealth aircraft from invading Chinese airspace


The following is based on a translation of a report in Chinese media: China has previously held details of its new “Shendiao” high-altitude, long-range, anti-stealth drone as top secret, but Hong Kong’s Ta Kung Pao reveals more details in its latest report. The report says that the Shendiao has a higher performance level and better … Continue reading

China says its high-altitude long-range anti-stealth “Shendiao” drone is better than US drone


The following is based on a translation from a report in Chinese media: According to mil.huanqiu.com, a pedigree of China’s military drones has been viral in Chinese military media. The most mystic in the pedigree is a high altitude, long-range, anti-stealth drone. Now it appears that China has developed such a drone, thanks to cooperation … Continue reading

China’s new J-16 fighter jets appear to have been commissioned into the PLA air force


The following is based on a translation from a report in Chinese media: Qianzhan.com published photos of China’s J-16 fighter jets, raising speculation that it has begun series production and has been commissioned in the PLA air force. Some photos show the fighter jet in PLA air force coating, which indicates it has been commissioned. … Continue reading

China’s homegrown aircraft engines now exceed performance of imported ones


China has always been dependent on imported aircraft engines, which China regards as a bottleneck in its development of advanced aircraft, especially its stealth fighters that require engines better than imported ones. As a result, China has allocated $16 billion special funding for aircraft engine development. Now, China Aviation News says in its report that … Continue reading

China preparing for drone warfare


China’s military plans to produce nearly 42,000 land-based and sea-based unmanned weapons and sensor platforms as part of its continuing, large-scale military buildup, the Pentagon’s annual report on the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) disclosed Friday. China currently operates several armed and unarmed drone aircraft and is developing long-range range unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for both … Continue reading

China says its J-11D fighter jet is superior to America’s third-generation fighters


The following is based on a translation from Chinese media: Mil.huanqiu.com says according to US National Interest bimonthly, China conducted the maiden flight of its J-11D fighter jet, an upgraded version J-11B. The J-11D incorporated the technologies of China’s J-16, which was delivered to the Chinese air force (PLAAF) in April 2014. It uses the … Continue reading

China using ground effect aircraft to strengthen its claim in the South China Sea


The following is based on a translation from Chinese media: China reported some time ago that it was developing large ground effect vehicles as a means of transport between China’s artificial islands in the South China Sea. In this way, China hopes to strengthen its claim on the South China Sea A ground effect vehicle … Continue reading

China’s military drone has new radar with resolution of 10 cm at 8000 metre height


The following is based on a translation from Chinese media: Mil.huanqiu.com carries news.cn’s report on cooperation between military and civilian enterprises in weapon development. The report reveals that the No. 2 Research Institute of China’s Aerospace Science & Industry Corp. (CASIC) has developed the SAR radar technology. This has a resolution rate of 0.1 metre … Continue reading

Russia may help China develop VTOL J-31 stealth fighter jet


The following is based on a translation from Chinese media: Russia’s sputniknews.cn website reported that China tried to develop vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) fighters in the 1960s and 1970s, but failed. Now China is again considering building such fighters. There are only two countries in the world that have the technology to build VTOL … Continue reading

Chinese military experts downplay capabilities of J-20 jet fighter “aircraft carrier killer”


The following is based on a translation from Chinese media: China’s official media mil.huanqiu.com has provided information about the J-20 from well-known Chinese military experts who are also Chinese military insiders. Regarding a Russian media report that China’s J-20 stealth fighter jet has obtained the capabilities as a “aircraft carrier killer” and will be commissioned … Continue reading

By making graphene affordable, China says it can now make the best aircraft and spacecraft in the world


China Aviation Daily says in its report that Shou-en Zhu, a Chinese PhD candidate at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, has designed and made a high-temperature oven to produce high-quality graphene, which will hopefully enable the mass production of graphene at low cost. A Global Times report last May made description of graphene as … Continue reading

Claiming to have equalled the west, China says its weapons design is now harder


The following is a translation from Chinese media: During the current annual National People’s Congress (NPC) and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) sessions, a China Aviation News reporter had a special interview with Wu Guanghui, Tang Changhong and Yang Wei. Respectively, they are the chief designers of the C919 large airliner, a large transport aircraft … Continue reading

China threatens restricted flight zone over entire South China Sea, giving them the right to shoot down unauthorised planes


A recent U.S. suggestion for Japanese patrols in the South China Sea has elicited a sharp rebuttal by the Chinese government and reignited Chinese media discussion of a South China Sea Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ). An ADIZ would require all air traffic to obtain China’s permission before flying over the South China Sea, or … Continue reading

Pakistan is sort-of happy with Chinese aircraft, bought under pressure from China


US Defence Weekly website says in its report “Pakistan Re-equips Squadron With AEW&C Planes” that China delivered in late February the last of the four ZDK-03 Karakorum Eagle AEW&C planes ordered by Pakistan. The head of Pakistan’s Air Force (PAF), Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafiq Butt, and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attended the ceremony on … Continue reading

China’s Xi Jinping has focus on new bombers to destroy American military bases


The following is a translation from Chinese media: On the eve of China’s Lunar New Year festival, Chinese President Xi Jinping visited troops in Xian, Shaanxi Province, Northwest China. What drew people’s keen interest was that he personally boarded a H-6 bomber to learn about the functions of its equipment. The H-6 is a quite … Continue reading

China says its drones superior to US in every aspect


The following is a translation from Chinese media, with commentary: China Youth Daily, the mouthpiece of China’s Communist Youth League, published an article by an expert from the National Defence University that provided detailed information about China’s unmanned aerial vehicles. I believe it is quite an authoritative source of information about Chinese drones. The following is … Continue reading

Chinese spies stole F-35 fighter design


U.S. National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden said Chinese spies stole a huge volume of data related to Lockheed’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Australian Associated Press reported, and military experts say Beijing likely used the information to help develop its latest generation of fighters. Snowden shared signals data documenting the Chinese theft with German magazine Der … Continue reading

China claims breakthrough by training 8 more carrier-based fighter jet pilots, taking total to 13


The following is translated from Chinese media: A photo of 4 grey J-15 fighter jets appearing on China’s aircraft carrier the Liaoning has gone viral on the Internet in China. A Global Times reporter has learnt from an authentic source that a second batch of J-15 pilots has succeeded in landing on the carrier. However, it … Continue reading

China says it is able to track and kill US stealth aircraft


In my article “Chinese Radar Detects, Locks on F-22, Causes US Withdrawal of F-22s from Japan” on April 2, 2014, I quoted an Italian media report that the major reason for the F-22’s withdrawal from Japan to Guam was that an F-22 was discovered and locked on by China’s radar. As the Italian media is … Continue reading

China’s aircraft carrier has fatal weakness – vulnerable if too far away from China


The following is translated from Chinese media: China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, is said to have obtained initial operational capability after its recent test of intensive taking off and landing of J-15 carrier-based aircraft. However, it has its fatal weakness: the lack of a fixed-wing airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft, as it … Continue reading

Hundreds of commercial flights to East China cancelled; military manoeuvres suspected


Hundreds of flights to and from eastern China were cancelled or delayed Monday and state media warned that more disruptions should be expected in the next few weeks. Around 200 flights were canceled at Shanghai‘s two airports — Pudong and Hongqiao — which are among the country’s busiest airline hubs. Another 120 flights were delayed … Continue reading

China denounces Japan’s protest over military jets close brush


China said on Thursday that Japan‘s accusations of Chinese fighter jets flying “abnormally close” to Japanese military aircraft over the East China Sea were aimed at deceiving the international community. Japan protested after Chinese warplanes flew “abnormally close” to Japanese military aircraft over the East China Sea on Wednesday. China’s Defence Ministry said Japan’s repeated … Continue reading

Armed Chinese fighter jets approach within metres of Japanese planes over East China Sea


Chinese fighter jets flew within a few dozen meters of Japanese military planes over the East China Sea, Japanese officials said on Sunday, prompting the defence minister to accuse Beijing of going “over the top” in its approach to disputed territory. Chinese SU-27 fighters came as close as 50 meters (170 feet) to a Japanese … Continue reading

Indonesia joins push against China; beefs up air force in South China Sea


Indonesia is beefing up its air presence along the South China Sea, a military officer has announced. According to IHS Jane’s, Lieutenant Colonel Andri Gandy, the commander of Ranai airbase on the Riau Islands, which borders the South China Sea, said Indonesia was upgrading the airbase so that it could accommodate Sukhoi Su-27 and Su-30 … Continue reading

Malaysia Airlines staff assaulted, held hostage for 10 hrs by angry relatives in China


Tensions between grieving Chinese families in Beijing and Malaysian Airlines staff boiled over this week when airline staff were held inside a hotel for 10 hours by angry family members and a security officer was allegedly assaulted. Malaysian Airlines released a statement about the two incidents which occurred late on Thursday and early yesterday as … Continue reading

China claims its aerospace fighter is able to reach US in one hour


Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent call for the PLA to speed up building an integrated space and air force has reportedly drawn international attention. Chinese media claims that foreign media are giving sensationalising reports on that, though which publications are saying this is not mentioned. They say there is no shortage of bold speculation. Chinese … Continue reading

China’s actions in hunt for plane are hurting more than helping


When a Chinese government vessel took the world by surprise this month with its announcement that it had detected underwater signals that might have come from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, China suddenly looked like the hero of the multinational search effort. Within days, however, the Chinese claims were discounted, and attention shifted to another … Continue reading

China ship detects “pulse” signal in plane search; fails to notify Australian search coordinators


Searchers looking for the data recorders from missing Malaysian Airlines flight 370 said Sunday that they were investigating underwater “acoustic events” in two distinct areas of the Indian Ocean – one picked up by an Australian vessel and two others recorded by a Chinese patrol ship. The Australian military vessel Ocean Shield, towing a sophisticated … Continue reading

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