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Chinese submarine in first-degree combat readiness in South China Sea


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: A report in people.com.cn says that a real war may break out between China and the U.S. in the South China Sea, as Chinese submarine no. 372 has recently received a first-degree combat readiness order on its way back from … Continue reading

Chinese navy silently obtains access to important ports around the world


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: Chinese news site mil.news.sina.com.cn reports that the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) navy has been making great efforts to obtain access to ports abroad so that it may become a true blue water navy. Its most important recent achievement is the … 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 surpasses U.S. in developing prompt global strike capabilities


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: Chinese military forum mil.huanqiu.com says that according China surpasses the U.S. in developing prompt global strike capabilities. The report says that China’s Kuaizhou/Fei Tian dual-use mobile launch system and the surveillance satellite constellation consisting of 138 satellites point to the … Continue reading

China’s new stealth material superior to that used on F-35


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: Chinese news site mil.huanqiu.com interviewed Professor Jiang Jianhua, a member of the research team in China’s Huazhong University of Science and Technology, that has developed the anti-stealth radar material for the J-20 aircraft. Prof. Jiang said that most previous stealth … Continue reading

China surpasses U.S. in anti-satellite weapons


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: Military forum mil.huanqiu.com gave a report that China tested the interception of an ICBM in outer space by a DN-3 (Dong Neng-3) missile. However, U.S. defence department officials regard the DN-3 missile mainly as an anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon. The report … Continue reading

China’s DF-21D missiles ‘can to kill an entire aircraft carrier battle group’


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: War.163.com says in its report that according to the 82nd issue of the The Observer magazine, a certain DF-21D brigade has recently conducted an unprecedented live ammunition drill of a volley of dozens DF-21D missiles. The DF-21D reportedly can to … Continue reading

China’s YJ-18 anti-ship cruise missile ‘a threat’ to US navy


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: China’s mil.huanqiu.com says that a report to US Congress assesses a Chinese submarine-launched missile known as the YJ-18 as being a threat to the US. It notes that the missile accelerates to supersonic speed just before hitting its target, making … 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

Vietnam says it will not take sides between China and U.S.


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: A report on Chinese news site mil.huanqiu.com cites Taiwan’s Central News Agency as saying that Vietnamese Defence Minister Phùng Quang Thanh said that Vietnam attached great importance to its cooperation relations with the U.S. and China, and will not take … 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

Rising India is vital to allied hopes to contain China


With Australia firmly in the geopolitical mix, no one is publicly talking about China and containment, but all strategies are going in that direction. A recent cover of India Today magazine has Prime Minister Narendra Modi dressed up as Superman, fist outstretched, flying around the planet and restoring his country to its rightful position as … 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 reveals new defence: diversion, induced explosion of precision weapons


The following is based on a translation of a report in Chinese media: The PLA Daily published a report on China’s active defence by diversion and induced explosion of enemy warheads and bombs before they hit their targets. The information was provided by Major General Qin Youquan, an expert on informationalised defence engineering of the … Continue reading

U.S. think tank says seven wings of U.S. air force can wipe out half attacking Chinese fighter jets on Taiwan Strait in a week


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: China’s mil.huanqiu.com has published a report about U.S. National Interest’s article on California think tank RAND’s new briefing paper on U.S. air war with China when China attacks Taiwan. It provides quite a detailed summary of the article and then … Continue reading

India, US, Japan kick off naval drills likely to annoy China


India, Japan and the United States will hold joint naval exercises each year, Indian government sources said, as the three countries kicked off the first such drills in the Bay of Bengal in eight years, a move likely to concern China. The last time New Delhi hosted multilateral drills in its waters in 2007 prompted … 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

US navy will challenge Chinese territorial claims in South China Sea


The US navy is preparing to send a surface ship inside the 12-nautical-mile territorial limit China claims for its man-made island chain, an action that could take place within days but awaits final approval from the Obama administration, according to military officials who spoke to Navy Times. Plans to send a warship through the contested space … Continue reading

China reveals CZ-11 anti-ASAT rocket


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site. According to a report on Chinese news site mil.huanqiu.com, China has developed and conducted a successful maiden flight of its CZ-11 anti-ASAT rocket with a diameter of 2 metres able to send a load of 350 kg to sun-synchronous orbit, … Continue reading

China told to behave in the South China Sea … or else


The most powerful navy officer on earth, US Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift, has fired a broadside at China and other regional nations who are flouting international law in the South China Sea. Speaking to a high-powered audience that included senior navy officers from more than a dozen countries at the Pacific 2015 expo … 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

China asks U.S. for respect and trust


China hopes the United States can scale back activities that run the risk of misunderstandings, and respect China’s core interests, the Defence Ministry on Thursday cited a senior Chinese naval commander as saying. Each country has blamed the other for dangerous moves over several recent incidents of aircraft and ships from China and the United … 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 is conducting air-sea patrols for Chinese oil rigs in waters disputed with Vietnam


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news website: Major Chinese military site mil.huanqiu.com has published photos of Chinese oil rigs to the southwest of China’s Hainan Island and the patrol amphibious aircraft and ship that protect the oil rigs. The waters to the southwest of China’s Hainan Island … Continue reading

China says its new PL-15 air-to-air missile has U.S. Air Force spooked


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: According to Chinese media mil.huanqiu.com’s report, the website of U.S. media Popular Science monthly said in its report that the PL-15 beyond visual range air-to-air missile has a range of 150 to 200 km further than any U.S. air-to-air missiles … 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 launches 20 satellites with one rocket – with a veiled threat that it can also carry 20 nuclear warheads


The following is based on a translation of a report from Chinese media: China’s top official media CCTV reported in its primetime news that China has successfully launched its new Changzheng VI rocket to send 20 satellites into their orbits. 18 of the 20 satellites had successfully separated from the rocket while the remaining 2 … Continue reading

China says its new Pterosaur II drone is advanced by world standards


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: A model of China’s new Yilong-II (Pterosaur II) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attracts people’s keen attention at Beijing Airshow but few of its functions are known. Mil.huanqiu.com says in its report on September 18 that in order to know more … Continue reading

Chinese admiral says South China Sea belongs to China – because it has ‘China’ in its name


Speaking at this year’s First Sea Lord/RUSI International Sea Power Conference in London, Chinese Vice Admiral Yuan Yubai, commander of the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN) North Sea Fleet, did not shy away from controversy. He emphatically stated that the South China Sea belongs to China. “The South China Sea, as the name indicates, is … Continue reading

China’s new weapons showcased in September 3 parade, which China says are capable of attacking Japan and Taiwan


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: China’s Huanqiu.com website carries a report on an article on the website of Britain’s Jane’s Defence Review published on September 9 on China’s new weapons systems titled “China showcases new weapon systems at 3 September parade” Jane’s describes almost all … Continue reading

China shows off powerful new turboshafts for China’s versions of Apache and Osprey helicopters


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: A report in mil.huanqiu.com says that at the upcoming Tianjin Helicopter Exposition, China will showcase its new Wozhou-16 turboshaft engine and the model of a 5000kw turboshaft it is developing. China’s WZ-10 armed helicopter is regarded as better than the … Continue reading

China says its long-range aircraft carrier killer ballistic missiles confound US spies


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: Mil.huanqiu.com says in its report on the DF-21D ballistic missile, which China showcased for the first time in its military parade on September 3, that US spies are disappointed that the DF-21D looks the same as the other missiles in … Continue reading

China showcases its DF-5B MIRV ICBMs in military parade


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: Mil.huanqiu.com says in its report that when the DF-5B missile appeared on the TV screen in China’s military parade on Thursday, the TV host said that it was an MIRV ICBM. MIRV stands for multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicle. In … 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

Taiwan warns officials not to attend Chinese WWII parade


Taiwan warned officials and veterans Friday not to attend a military parade organised by China to mark Japan’s defeat in the Second World War, as the former bitter rivals vie over the history of the conflict. Beijing claims Communist troops sealed victory against the Japanese in 1945 while Taiwan argues the nationalist Kuomintang (KMT) army … Continue reading

China’s newest powerful anti-ship missiles can sink Aegis destroyer


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: War.163.com says in its report that the land-based version of the YJ-18 is now using a new generation of Changjian-XX ground-to-surface and ground-to-ground cruise missile and an anti-ship missile, which is able to sink an Aegis destroyer. The report gives … Continue reading

China’s new long-range rocket artillery can hit moving targets at sea and repel invading navy


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: China’s major news site mil.huanqiu.com reports about the intensive training of a rocket artillery battalion in China’s Jinan Military Region. In the second year after its equipment was replaced by a new-type long-range rocket artillery a few years ago, it … Continue reading

Chinese troops head to North Korean border as tensions mount between North and South Korea


The People’s Liberation Army has sent troops to China’s border with North Korea as escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula have pushed North and South to the brink of possible war. The Hong Kong-based Oriental Daily reported Saturday that internet users have been uploading photos of what appear to be PLA armoured vehicles and tanks … Continue reading

China’s weapons and Internet giants join forces to compete with American GPS


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: According to a report on Chinese news site mil.huanqiu.com, China’s state-owned weapons giant the China North Industries Group Corporation (North Industries) and private Internet giant Alibaba Group have set up a joint venture to market and apply the services of … Continue reading

China to test fly CZ-V rocket in 2016, in preparation for lunar mission


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: Mil.huanqiu.com says in its report that China successfully conducted an ignition test of the second stage of its new heavy rocket the Changzheng-V (CZ-V), and has thus laid a sound foundation for the integrated drill and successful first flight 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 has been intensively developing homegrown VTOL fighter jet, but admits it lags behind America


The following is based on translations from reports on Chinese websites: Chinese website mil.huanqiu.com describes in its report the difficulties in developing a VTOL fighter jet but concludes that for China at present, development of a VTOL fighter jet within a short period time is not a simple task. Though China has started the project … 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 reduces noise levels of nuclear submarines


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: A report on Chinese news site 163.com says that China has mastered the technology of soft Coupling and other vibration reduction technology (raft anti-vibration technology) for its nuclear submarines. This involves the use of sound-proofing foam material and anechoic tiles … 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

Watch out North Korea, your nukes are next!


Having been thoroughly schooled by Iran during the P5+1 nuke negotiations on the necessity for flexibility, the Obama Administration is now even better prepared to take on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. As North Korea and more recently Iran proved, sanctions are feeble devices for getting rogue nations to eliminate their nuclear weapons programs. Possibly effective in bringing such nations … Continue reading

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