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[*] posted on 27-2-2020 at 09:02 AM


Y-20 tanker and AEW&C variants in the pipeline, senior PLAAF officer confirms

Andrew Tate, London - Jane's Defence Weekly

26 February 2020

An in-flight refuelling tanker variant of the Xian Aircraft Corporation (XAC) Y-20 Kunpeng strategic transport aircraft will appear in public “in the near future”, said the commander of a People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) aviation regiment in an interview with state-owned China Central Television (CCTV) broadcast on 24 February.

Variants of the Y-20 have been anticipated for some time. Satellite imagery from November 2018 of the XAC assembly facility at Xian-Yanliang airfield appeared to show a Y-20 fitted with underwing refuelling pods, and a low-resolution image that appeared in October 2019 suggested that flight testing of this variant was in progress.

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[*] posted on 17-3-2020 at 11:28 AM


All PLAAF aircraft to receive ‘low-observable’ coatings

Andreas Rupprecht, Mainz - Jane's Defence Weekly

15 March 2020

China's People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has issued new guidelines requiring both future and in-service aircraft to be painted with 'low-observable' coatings, colour schemes and markings.

The guidelines also mandate that the markings on PLAAF aircraft - including the national flag and service insignia - are gradually standardised, with the implementation of these regulations set to take place throughout 2020, according to a 13 March article by the PLA Daily newspaper.

Reporting on this issue the state-owned Global Times newspaper stated that the move is "aimed at giving Chinese warplanes a combat advantage as they will be less likely to be detected by both the naked eye and military radar".

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[*] posted on 18-4-2020 at 12:38 AM


New Chinese BVRAAM spotted on PLAAF JH-7A fighter bomber

Gabriel Dominguez, London and Andreas Rupprecht, Mainz - Jane's Defence Weekly

17 April 2020

The same beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) that was first spotted on a People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) J-16 fighter aircraft in November 2016 has now also been photographed being carried by a JH-7A fighter-bomber.

The latest image of the missile, which is only the second photograph to have emerged so far, was posted on Chinese online forums in mid-April. It is unclear when and where the image was taken but it shows that the missile, the official designation of which has yet to be made public, is significantly larger than any other AAM operated by the PLAAF, including the new PL-15 BVRAAM.

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[*] posted on 20-4-2020 at 06:44 PM


Quote: Originally posted by bug2  
All PLAAF aircraft to receive ‘low-observable’ coatings

Andreas Rupprecht, Mainz - Jane's Defence Weekly

15 March 2020

China's People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has issued new guidelines requiring both future and in-service aircraft to be painted with 'low-observable' coatings, colour schemes and markings.

The guidelines also mandate that the markings on PLAAF aircraft - including the national flag and service insignia - are gradually standardised, with the implementation of these regulations set to take place throughout 2020, according to a 13 March article by the PLA Daily newspaper.

Reporting on this issue the state-owned Global Times newspaper stated that the move is "aimed at giving Chinese warplanes a combat advantage as they will be less likely to be detected by both the naked eye and military radar".

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And here I was believing the Sino-Russian-philes and Gripen fanbois, that stealth was dead...





In a low speed post-merge manoeuvring fight, with a high off-boresight 4th generation missile and Helmet Mounted Display, the Super Hornet will be a very difficult opponent for any current Russian fighter, even the Su-27/30
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[*] posted on 21-4-2020 at 09:41 AM


Quote: Originally posted by ADMK2  
Quote: Originally posted by bug2  
All PLAAF aircraft to receive ‘low-observable’ coatings

Andreas Rupprecht, Mainz - Jane's Defence Weekly

15 March 2020

China's People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has issued new guidelines requiring both future and in-service aircraft to be painted with 'low-observable' coatings, colour schemes and markings.

The guidelines also mandate that the markings on PLAAF aircraft - including the national flag and service insignia - are gradually standardised, with the implementation of these regulations set to take place throughout 2020, according to a 13 March article by the PLA Daily newspaper.

Reporting on this issue the state-owned Global Times newspaper stated that the move is "aimed at giving Chinese warplanes a combat advantage as they will be less likely to be detected by both the naked eye and military radar".

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And here I was believing the Sino-Russian-philes and Gripen fanbois, that stealth was dead...


Nah, just that it hadn't been done right by the West, meaning the US, Just wait until it's done right by the innovative scientists of China and Russia.

They should have it down pat in a decade or so, maybe.




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[*] posted on 4-5-2020 at 01:52 PM


China’s long-range Xian H-20 stealth bomber could make its debut this year

- Beijing ‘carefully considering’ unveiling the plane at the Zhuhai Airshow in November at a time of heightened regional tension
- H-20 will give China the nuclear triad of submarines, ballistic missiles and bombers

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Published: 5:00am, 4 May, 2020


An artist’s impression of what the H-20 may look like. Photo: Weibo

China’s new generation strategic bomber is likely to be ready for delivery this year, but Beijing is said to be weighing the impact of its unveiling at a complex time in regional relations due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Military sources said the Xian H-20 supersonic stealth bomber – expected to double the country’s strike range – could make its first public appearance at this year’s Zhuhai Airshow in November, if the pandemic was sufficiently under control.

“The Zhuhai Airshow is expected to become a platform to promote China’s image and its success in pandemic control – telling the outside world that the contagion did not have any big impacts on Chinese defence industry enterprises,” a source said.

But the appearance of the bomber at this year’s air show could heighten tensions by directly threatening countries within its strike range, especially Australia, Japan and the Korean peninsula.

Thrilling aerobatics fill the skies to open air show in central China
“The Beijing leadership is still carefully considering whether its commission will affect regional balance, especially as regional tensions have been escalating over the Covid-19 pandemic,” another source said.

“Like intercontinental ballistic missiles, all strategic bombers can be used for delivering nuclear weapons … if China claimed it had pursued a national defence policy which is purely defensive in nature, why would it need such an offensive weapon?”

Tensions in the region have worsened in the past month with a war of words between Beijing and Washington over the pandemic, and both sides increasing naval patrols of the Taiwan Strait and South and East China seas.

The US defence department has estimated a cruising distance of more than 8,500km (5,300 miles) for the H-20, the last in China’s 20 series of new generation warplanes, which includes the J-20 stealth fighter jet, the Y-20 giant transporter and the Z-20 medium-lift utility helicopter.

The arrival of the H-20 would mark the completion of China’s “nuclear triad” of ground-based intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched missiles and air-launched weapons.

Chinese state television has said the H-20 could alter the strategic calculus between the US and China by doubling the strike range of its current H-6K, dubbed the country’s B-52.

The H-20 has reportedly been designed to strike targets beyond the second island ring – which includes US bases in Japan, Guam, the Philippines and other countries – from bases in mainland China. The third island chain extends to Hawaii and coastal Australia.

It will be equipped with nuclear and conventional missiles with a maximum take-off weight of at least 200 tonnes and a payload of up to 45 tonnes. The bomber is expected to fly at subsonic speeds and could potentially unleash four powerful hypersonic stealth cruise missiles.

However, like China’s first active stealth fighter jet, the J-20, engine development of the H-20 bomber has fallen behind schedule, according to sources.

For the J-20, engineers were developing high-thrust turbofan WS-15 engines, but the jet is understood to be using either Chinese WS-10B or Russian-built AL-31FM2/3 engines, which compromise its manoeuvrability and stealth capabilities at subsonic speeds.

Military enthusiasts have speculated the H-20 might use the NK-321 Russian engine but two independent military sources said it would be equipped with an upgraded WS-10 engine.

“The WS-10 is still a transitional engine for the H-20 because it is not powerful enough. The eligible replacement may take two to three years for development,” one of the sources said.

The second said the speed of the H-20 would be slower than its original design, with some of its original combat capability being reduced.

“That’s why the American air force doesn’t care about the H-20, because it is not strong and powerful enough to cause any challenge to their B-2 and B-21 bombers.”

If the US decided to deploy more F-35 supersonic fighter jets – it has already sold about 200 to Japan and South Korea – it could push China to bring forward the unveiling of the new bomber, the second source said.

“For example, if some US decision makers decided to deploy up to 500 F-35s to Japan, South Korea, and even Singapore, India and Taiwan – making almost all of China’s neighbours in the Indo-Pacific region use F-35s to contain China – that would push Beijing to launch the H-20 as soon as possible.”

The H-20 is believed to have been in development since the early 2000s. The project to develop a strategic bomber was first announced by the People’s Liberation Army in 2016.
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[*] posted on 5-6-2020 at 04:39 PM


China's J-20 Fighter Jet Has 'Beast Mode' for Arms Like F-35: Reports

(Source: Global Times; issued June 03, 2020)


Two J-20s, China's most advanced fighter jet. perform at the Chinese Air Force's open day event in Changchun, NE China's Jilin on Thursday. (VCG photo)

China's J-20 fighter jet has been spotted equipped with pylon adapters under its wings, indicating the stealth aircraft may also be able to enter a "beast mode" like the US' F-35 fighter jet if needed by giving up some stealth capability in exchange for larger weapons loads, reports said.

A J-20 prototype taking a test flight had two external pylon adapters, one under each side of its wings, and could carry a total of four extra missiles, Shanghai-based news website eastday.com reported on Monday, citing a recent photo widely circulated on Chinese social media.

Judging by a performance flight at Airshow China 2018, a single J-20 can carry at least four PL-15 missiles in its main weapon bay and two PL-10 short-range combat missiles in its side weapon bays, when not using external adapters.

Usually, stealth aircraft hide their weapons in bays to keep a low radar profile, making them difficult to be detected, and using external pylons to carry weapons will make them less stealthy but more powerful, a Chinese military expert who asked for anonymity told the Global Times on Wednesday.

The warplanes can choose different types of loadouts according to different mission requirements, the expert said.

This is similar to the US' F-35 fighter jet, which has a "stealth mode" that can only carry a small amount of internal ordnance and a "beast mode" that can carry a lot more internal and external ordnance, the eastday.com report said.

Stealth aircraft can use "stealth mode" to seize aerial superiority, and once the sky is clear and safe, they can ditch stealth and switch to "beast mode" by carrying more munitions via external adapters and launch extended attacks, the report said.

The photo indicates that the J-20 could enter a "beast mode" like the F-35 when engaged in low-risk and low-threat missions, eastday.com reported, noting that the J-20 could also carry external fuel tanks for extended range.

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[*] posted on 5-6-2020 at 04:41 PM


In beast mode, they squeal like a flock of bats, and crash into things............or so they say! :no:
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[*] posted on 2-7-2020 at 02:28 PM


China's New-Generation Fighter Jet Scheduled to Make Maiden Flight In 2021: Report

(Source: Global Times; published June 30, 2020)


A Chinese FC-31 stealth fighter making a test flight ahead of its first appearance at the 10th China Aviation Show in Zhuhai in November 2014. A much-modified naval version of this fighter is due to fly next year, according to “leaks” revealed by Chinese media. (Internet photo)

China's new-generation fighter jet is scheduled to make its maiden flight in 2021, an aviation industry report revealed on Monday. Analysts speculate that it will be China's new aircraft carrier-based fighter jet.

A team at China Aero-Polytechnology Establishment under the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has resumed work while fighting the COVID-19 epidemic with the aim of supporting the scheduled maiden flight of a new-generation fighter jet in 2021, according to a statement the Chinese Aeronautical Establishment released on its WeChat public account on Monday.

The statement was removed by its publisher as of Tuesday evening.

This team is responsible for the new fighter jet's basic technology project, and other institutes, including AVIC Shenyang Aircraft Design and Research Institute and the Chengdu-based No.29 Research Institute under the state-owned China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC), are also involved in its development, according to the statement.

The statement did not elaborate on the details of the new fighter jet, but the Shenyang institute is known for the development of the J-15, China's first type of aircraft carrier-based fighter jet, and the FC-31, China's second type of stealth aircraft rumored to be under deep modification to become a new aircraft carrier-based fighter jet.

Based on available information, it is possible that the new fighter jet introduced in the Chinese Aeronautical Establishment statement is indeed a new aircraft carrier-based fighter jet developed from the FC-31, Fu Qianshao, a Chinese air defense expert, told the Global Times on Tuesday.

Fu said that while the Chinese Air Force may eventually require a medium-sized stealth fighter jet to accompany the heavy J-20 stealth fighter jet, the Chinese Navy is in more urgent need of a stealth fighter jet on China's future aircraft carriers, as the US has already developed F-35B and F-35C stealth fighter jets for amphibious assault ships and aircraft carriers.

If this is the case, it will likely take another five years or so of testing following the maiden flight in 2021 to put the new fighter jet into active service, Fu said, noting that this time period could be shortened because the FC-31 has been tested as a technical demonstrator for many years.

According to a statement released by the Shenyang institute in December 2019, it has started developing a new type of fighter jet jointly with AVIC Manufacturing Technology Institute since 2018. This older report did not elaborate on the specifics of the new aircraft.

China is reportedly building its third and more advanced aircraft carrier at Shanghai's Jiangnan Shipyard, which is expected to be launched and commissioned in the 2020s. A more advanced fighter jet could greatly enhance the carrier's combat capability, analysts said.

There has also been speculation online by military enthusiasts claiming the new fighter jet could be a drone fighter jet or a space fighter jet.

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[*] posted on 2-7-2020 at 02:52 PM


Quote: Originally posted by bug2  
China's New-Generation Fighter Jet Scheduled to Make Maiden Flight In 2021: Report

(Source: Global Times; published June 30, 2020)


A Chinese FC-31 stealth fighter making a test flight ahead of its first appearance at the 10th China Aviation Show in Zhuhai in November 2014. A much-modified naval version of this fighter is due to fly next year, according to “leaks” revealed by Chinese media. (Internet photo)

…There has also been speculation online by military enthusiasts claiming the new fighter jet could be a drone fighter jet or a space fighter jet.… or even an inter-galactic cruiser :lol:


The mould lines look to me a little bit Airfix or Revell. ;)

… and those huge canted tails and all… I'd call it a little bit stealthy.
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[*] posted on 6-7-2020 at 10:06 PM


Does China’s J-20 Rival Other Stealth Fighters? (excerpt)

(Source: Center for Security and International Studies; updated March 12, 2020)

The Chengdu J-20 marks the first entry of a multirole stealth fighter into China’s armed forces. According to the Department of Defense (DOD), China views stealth technology as a core component in the transformation of its air force from “a predominantly territorial air force to one capable of conducting both offensive and defensive operations.” Designed for enhanced stealth and maneuverability, the J-20 has the potential to provide China with a variety of previously unavailable air combat options and enhance its capability to project power.

As an advanced multirole stealth fighter, it is speculated that the J-20 can fulfill both air-to-air and air-to-ground combat roles for the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) and the aviation branch of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (referred to as either Naval Aviation or the PLAN-AF). According to PLAAF Senior Colonel Shen Jinke, the J-20 will enhance the overall combat capability of China’s air force.

A 2016 report by the DOD states that the J-20 represents a critical step in China’s efforts to develop “advanced aircraft to improve its regional power projection capabilities and to strengthen its ability to strike regional airbases and facilities.” In 2014, the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission described the J-20 as “more advanced than any other fighter currently deployed by Asia Pacific countries.”

VIDEO: Chengdu J-20: https://youtu.be/k1NEg_8uMHk
The Chengdu J-20 marks the first entry of a multirole stealth fighter into China’s armed forces. Designed for enhanced stealth and maneuverability, the J-20 has the potential to provide China with a variety of previously unavailable air combat options and enhance its capability to project power.

The J-20 is believed to be equipped with subsystems and field signature reduction technology that collectively meet the internationally-accepted classification of a “fifth-generation” aircraft. This refers to military aircraft featuring the general requirements of stealth technology, supersonic cruising speed, and highly integrated avionics. The J-20 is the first Chinese aircraft to fit this description, and it may serve as a critical asset for both the air force and the navy. As these branches have different areas of responsibility, how the J-20 is ultimately utilized is likely to vary.

In broad terms, the PLAAF is China’s mainstay for air operations and is responsible for homeland air defense, while Naval Aviation is tasked with fleet air defense and defending the territorial waters and coastline of China.

It is worth noting, however, that China’s criteria for defining aircraft generations differs from accepted international standards. China defines aircraft generations based upon when an aircraft was integrated into the air force. Per China’s criteria, the J-20 is considered a fourth-generation aircraft.

Click here for the full story, on the CSIS website.

https://chinapower.csis.org/china-chengdu-j-20/

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