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  • More J-20 Stealth Fighters Built in China

    07/19/2016 6:51:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    AINonline ^ | July 19, 2016 | Mike Yeo and Chris Pocock
    China’s Chengdu Aircraft Company (CAC) has built more Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) J-20 stealthy jet fighters, with another new aircraft featured in flight on Chinese websites over the past week. This is the second known J-20 LRIP aircraft, after the first example serialed 2101 was shown in late December 2015. They follow two prototypes and six known development aircraft that featured a successive series of refinements. The latest aircraft is painted in shades of gray and carries toned down national insignia, but unlike all previous J-20s has no identifying serial numbers. Reports from China suggest that this latest aircraft...
  • PLA Air Force: J-20 fighter has not been deployed

    06/01/2016 1:29:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    People's Daily Online ^ | June 01, 2016
    The PLA Air Force refuted the rumor that the J-20 fighter has been deployed to troops on May 31. Since May 30, some media has been reporting that "J-20s are in service in the Southern Theatre Command" and that "J-20s and J-10s are being used in military drills together". According to the official Weibo account of the PLA Air Force, those reports are not true. So far, J-20s have not been used to equipped the air force. A TV station mistakenly used the image of a J-20 when reporting an air unit of the Southern Theater Command on May 29....
  • China appears ready to begin mass production of first stealth fighter jet, state media suggest

    12/31/2015 2:55:14 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Monday, 28 December, 2015 | Stephen Chen
    A photo that appears to show China’s J-20 stealth fighter, still coated in yellowish paint typically used before radar absoprbing materials are applied. Photo: Xinhua China “may” have started mass production of its first stealth fighter, the J-20, a state media report suggests. The clue came in slightly blurry photos that Xinhua published on Sunday. They show a plane parked on a runway at an unidentified military airfield, coated in a yellowish paint typically used before the application of radar absorption material. The jet was identical to ones believed to be J-20 prototypes seen in public in previous years. But...
  • China’s Expert Fighter Designer Knows Jets, Avoids America’s Mistakes

    07/30/2015 5:55:15 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    War is Boring ^ | July 29, 2015 | ROBERT BECKHUSEN
    There’s aircraft designers, and then there’s ace designers. There are thousands of engineers around the world producing planes, but ace designers only come along once every few decades. The United States had Kelly Johnson, the designer of the SR-71 Blackbird. Germany’s Willy Messerschmitt produced a line of famous fighter planes. The Soviet Union’s Mikhail Simonov created the muscular Su-27 fighter-bomber to compete with America’s F-15 Eagle. Each of these aces were highly skilled, but they also owed much of their success to circumstance. They came along when their respective governments invested millions — or billions — of dollars into transforming brainpower into cutting-edge combat...
  • NSA Details Chinese Cyber Theft of F-35, Military Secrets

    01/22/2015 6:20:36 PM PST · by Spktyr · 43 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 22 Jan 2015 | Bill Gertz
    Subheadline: Chinese hackers pillaged U.S. defense, contractor networks for critical data China obtained more than 50 terabytes of data from U.S. defense and government networks, notably the Joint Strike Fighter’s stealth radar and engine secrets, through cyber espionage, according to newly disclosed National Security Agency documents. A NSA briefing slide labeled “Top Secret” and headlined “Chinese Exfiltrate Sensitive Military Data,” states that the Chinese have stolen a massive amount of data from U.S. government and private contractors. The document was made public by the German magazine Der Spiegel in a two articles detailing how NSA in the mid-2000s was capable...
  • Chinese Espionage, Weapons Shift Asian Power Balance

    11/10/2014 10:09:13 AM PST · by raptor22 · 1 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 10, 2014 | Investor's Business Daily
    Military Superiority: China's new Shenyang J-31 stealth fighter could be the equal of our F-22s and F-35s, U.S. pilots say, and is just one of the weapons that may thwart America's "pivot" to the Pacific. The J-31, a fifth-generation stealth fighter, will make its official debut at the Zhuhai International Air Show Nov. 11-16 in southern China's Guangdong province. As one U.S. pilot with F-35 experience told USNI News of the J-31 and other new Chinese fighters: "I think they'll eventually be on par with our fifth-gen jets — as they should be, because industrial espionage is alive and well."...
  • China's Chengdu J-20 fighter to compete with Russia's T-50

    08/22/2014 11:26:36 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 22 Aug, 2014 | Jeremy Bender
    China is in the process of developing its own native fifth-generation fighter to compete with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and Russia's T-50. Although China has been secretive about the exact specifications of the aircraft, experts are warning that the plane could be a game-changer in East Asia's potentially fragile security environment. China's Chengdu J-20 is currently in its fourth round of prototypes. On July 26, the most recent version of the fighter flew for two hours before successfully landing. Information about the J-20 is limited, but an unnamed Asian government source told IHS Jane's that upwards of 20 J-20s...
  • J-20 may be redesigned as carrier-based stealth fighter

    07/31/2013 4:26:35 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2013-07-31
    J-20 may be redesigned as carrier-based stealth fighter Linglong concept art drawn by an internet user. (Internet photo) The Chengdu J-20, China's first stealth fighter, may be modified into a carrier-based fighter for the PLA Navy with the new name of Linglong, the nationalistic tabloid Global Times said on July 27. After the J-15 fighter completed landing and take-off exercises from the deck of the aircraft carrier Liaoning, the PLA Navy reportedly felt this third-generation fighter would be unable to compete with US stealth fighters such as the F-35 and that the J-20, still in development, may become the model...
  • China’s new stealth fighter’s missile launch rails prove Beijing can improve U.S. technology

    03/26/2013 2:31:34 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | March 26, 2013 | David Cenciotti
    ChinaÂ’s new stealth fighterÂ’s missile launch rails prove Beijing can improve U.S. technology In order to preserve their stealthiness and keep the RCS (Radar Cross Section) as low as possible, radar-evading planes rely on weapons bay: bombs and missiles to be fired are kept inside the bays until itÂ’s time to use them. For instance, the F-35 can carry one AIM-120D (AIM-120C8), on a trapeze : when needed, the BVR (Beyond Visual Range) missile is lowered into the airstream on the open bomb bay door, and ejected. F-22 Raptors use canted trapeze to put the AIM-9 Sidewinder seeked into the...
  • China's J-20 Stealth Fighter Is Already Doing A Whole Lot More Than Anyone Expected

    03/19/2012 4:54:24 PM PDT · by lentulusgracchus · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Business Insider ^ | Mar. 9, 2012, 12:03 PM | Eloise Lee and Robert Johnson
    TinyURL Link (cold): New pictures of the China's J-20 Mighty Dragon stealth fighter have surfaced and are making their way across military blogs. This newest round of photos show the J-20 in the skies somewhere over mainland China. [Link: Image Link. ] The prototype is said to be using the Saturn AL-31 turbofan engine developed by the Russians for their Su-27 air superiority fighter. ...... The J-20's development is also moving along much faster than anyone had expected. Back in 2009, Gen. He Weirong, deputy commander of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force said in a TV interview that...
  • Chinese ‘Mighty Dragon’ doomed to breathe Russian fire

    03/12/2012 12:03:13 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 11 March, 2012 | ­Ivan Fursov
    Chinese ‘Mighty Dragon’ doomed to breathe Russian fire While Beijing is proudly leaking more images of J-20 fifth-generation stealth fighter jet, China continues to buy Russian military jet engines and spare parts, which might indicate China is in a technological deadlock. ­China is making an attempt to catch up with world leaders and develop hi-tech vehicles in the absence of crucial military know-how and technology, like engines for ultrasonic cruise flights and active phased array antennas. “As of now, it is too early to say that China is capable of creating a fifth-generation jet from start to finish,” told RT...
  • China's J-20 Stealth Fighter Is Already Doing A Whole Lot More

    03/10/2012 6:49:38 PM PST · by U-238 · 54 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 3/9/2012 | Eloise Lee and Robert Johnson
    New pictures of the China's J-20 Mighty Dragon stealth fighter have surfaced and are making their way across military blogs. This newest round of photos show the J-20 in the skies somewhere over mainland China. The prototype is said to be using the Saturn AL-31 turbofan engine developed by the Russian's for their Su-27 air superiority fighter. Reuben Johnson at The Washington Times reports the Chinese may be as much as 10 years away from producing an original stealth engine to slip into the J-20. In the meantime, they'll have to take comfort in the fact that while the F-22...
  • Must Read: report about China fighter development strategies

    01/03/2012 4:57:58 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Flight Global ^ | January 3, 2012 | Greg Waldron
    Must Read: report about China fighter development strategies China's fighter upgrading tends to draw either the scorn of overseas commentators ('they still can't build engines') or fear ('by 2020 the J-20 will dominate the skies over the Himalayas'). A recent report by the Institute for National Strategic Studies - 'Buy, Build, or Steal: China's Quest for Advanced Military Aviation Technologies' - outlines the rise of China's defence aerospace sector from its obscure beginnings in the fifties to the appearance of the Chengdu J-20 in early 2011. The report asserts that while China's fighter capability is still roughly 15-20 years behind...
  • 'Not a pound for air-to-ground': Inside the J-20 weapons bay

    07/24/2011 6:24:44 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    Flight Global ^ | July 23, 2011 | Stephen Trimble
    'Not a pound for air-to-ground': Inside the J-20 weapons bay By Stephen Trimble on July 23, 2011 It appears the Chengdu J-20 may be an eight-shooter: six PL-12s in the main internal bay and one PL-9 in each of two side weapon bays. In non-stealthy mode, the J-20 may also carry more air to air or air-to-ground weapons on external hard points. It is hard to judge definitively from this photo of a scale model, but there doesn't appear to be room for air-to-surface missiles like the bulky YJ-12 or smart bombs inside the internal bays. Is this evidence to...
  • Respect Pak sovereignty, China tells US

    05/18/2011 9:12:02 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 40 replies
    The News, Pakistan ^ | Thursday, May 19, 2011 | Muhammad Saleh Zaafir
    Respect Pak sovereignty, China tells US Muhammad Saleh Zaafir Thursday, May 19, 2011 BEIJING: China has warned in unequivocal terms that any attack on Pakistan would be construed as an attack on China. Beijing has advised Washington to respect Pakistan’s sovereignty and solidarity and this was formally conveyed to the United States at last week’s China-US strategic dialogue and economic talks. The Chinese foreign minister, who represented his country in the talks, conveyed the Chinese feelings to the United States. Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao disclosed this during his two-hour-long formal talks with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani at the...
  • Black Hawk Down — China Up?

    05/11/2011 4:02:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May , 11, 2011 | Staff
    Secrets: Good news of bin Laden's death may be followed by bad news of Pakistan giving China a peek at our downed helicopter. Will we be threatened by our own technology? They are something out of the latest Batman flick, the modified Black Hawk helicopters that were used in the raid on Osama bin Laden's Pakistani compound. With a curious hublike housing around the unusually configured rear-rotor, among other things, it was clearly designed to be as quiet and stealthy as possible. When one of the copters clipped a wall in bin Laden's compound, it had to be destroyed, leaving...
  • Chinese Stealth Fighter Could Rival US's Best: Report

    05/10/2011 7:13:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    ABC News ^ | 05/10/2011 | Lee Ferran
    The next generation stealth fighter under development by the Chinese military could rival America's best fighters in speed, stealth and lethality, according to a new private report. Details on the Chinese J-20 fighter are scant as the project has been developed under extreme secrecy, but an analysis conducted by the conservative Washington D.C.-based defense policy think tank The Jamestown Foundation based on the little publicly available information concluded that the fighter "will be a high performance stealth aircraft, arguably capable of competing in most cardinal performance parameters... with the United States F-22A Raptor, and superior in most if not all...
  • An Initial Assessment of China's J-20 Stealth Fighter

    05/08/2011 9:05:28 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    The Jamestown Foundation ^ | May 6, 2011 | Carlo Kopp
    An Initial Assessment of China's J-20 Stealth Fighter Publication: China Brief Volume: 11 Issue: 8May 6, 2011 By: Carlo Kopp J-20 Radius The maiden test flight in January 2011 of China's J-20 stealth fighter prototype is an important strategic milestone in several different respects, and is part of an ongoing effort by China to develop advanced military technology [1]. The J-20 is the first combat aircraft developed by China that qualifies as "state of the art" by Western measures. It also shows that China has mastered "stealth shaping" technology—the essential prerequisite for developing stealth aircraft. Finally it shows that China...
  • Disarmament The Obama Way

    03/23/2011 3:54:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Investors Daily ^ | 3/23/11 | editor
    Defense: As Russia invests in new weapons and China increases military spending by double digits, the administration conducts a new review looking to cut our nuclear arsenal even beyond misguided treaty obligations. The F-15 Eagle that lay smoldering in the Libyan desert was downed not by hostile fire but by "mechanical failure." It's a perfect metaphor for the current administration's downgrading of national defense from a constitutional imperative to an optional budget item. The F-22 Raptor was designed to replace our aging F-15 fleet, which is older than the pilots who fly them and whose wings are almost literally falling...
  • New Details on China's J-20 Fighter Provide More Nuanced View of Threat

    03/04/2011 7:43:21 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Lexington Institute ^ | March 2, 2011
    New Details on China's J-20 Fighter Provide More Nuanced View of Threat (Source: Lexington Institute; issued March 2, 2011) (© Lexington Institute; reproduced by permission Aerospace experts scrutinizing images of the Chinese J-20 fighter that first began appearing on the internet in late December have developed a more nuanced view of the plane's features than what was available in early reports. Although the J-20 resembles the outline of the stealthy F-22 Raptor when viewed head-on in its forward aspect, the plane clearly lacks many of the features that make Raptor the most capable air-to-air combat system in history. On the...
  • Former PACOM Chief: How Will China Use Its New Weapons?

    02/10/2011 6:26:02 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | 2/10/2011 | Defense tech
    Former U.S. Pacific Command Chief Adm. Tim Keating (ret.) reiterated what we’ve been hearing from U.S. defense officials for a while now regarding China: The question isn’t what type of military technology is the Asian giant developing, it’s what will it do with all that firepower? “We kinda have a pretty good feel for what they’re fielding” in terms of weapons, said Keating during a talk on missile defense at the Heritage Foundation here in Washington. For example, the U.S. has known about weapons like the J-20 stealth jet for a while now, according tot the former admiral. “It wasn’t...
  • US Drones Trump China Theatrics

    02/09/2011 9:59:24 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | 2/7/2011 | David Axe
    Call it China’s ‘Christmas surprise.’ In a series of grainy photos given a pass by government Internet censors starting December 25, the People’s Liberation Army Air Force unveiled the country’s first stealth fighter prototype, the Chengdu J-20. For alarmists, the Pacific balance of power seemed to shift in an instant. Armed with hundreds of fast, elusive J-20s in coming years, the PLAAF could dominate the South China Sea, reaffirming China’s rise as a global power and elbowing aside less audacious, tech-savvy rivals. ‘(The) Asia-Pacific’s political landscape will be changed as China’s military capability can win over countries in this region,’...
  • J-20: China's ultimate aircraft carrier-killer?

    02/09/2011 9:30:32 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies
    Flight Global ^ | February 9, 2011 | Stephen Trimble
    J-20: China's ultimate aircraft carrier-killer? By Stephen Trimble on February 9, 2011 It's been nearly one month since first flight of the Chengdu J-20, but we still know so little about the aircraft. China's air force -- the PLAAF -- has remained surprisingly mum on an aircraft they were so willing to flaunt on a Chengu runway for nearly three weeks. We still don't know if the J-20 is officially intended as a one-off technology demonstrator or a developmental prototype, although many observers have assumed the latter. We also don't know what the J-20 is designed to do. Is it...
  • Should China-Pakistan Counter the Indian-Russian Fighter Tie-Up?

    02/08/2011 11:02:11 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Aviation Week ^ | 2/8/2011 | Robert Wall
    Should China-Pakistan Counter the Indian-Russian Fighter Tie-Up? Posted by Robert Wall at 2/8/2011 11:44 AM CST India's decision to effectively bar Chinese and Pakistani entities from the Aero India air show in Bengalaru once again puts into sharp focus the strategic gulf that exists in the region. Now, with India cementing relations with western powers -- through the MMRCA competition and other programs -- as well as with Russia -- in the guise of the fifth generation fighter effort and a future airlifter -- the question becomes whether the two countries left on the outside looking in -- Pakistan and...
  • .U.S. Doubts ’99 Jet Debris Gave China Stealth Edge

    02/03/2011 4:55:54 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 18 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 1/25/2011 | Elisabeth Bumiller
    Pentagon officials said Tuesday that they were unsure if some of the technology in China’s prototype stealth fighter jet had come from the wreckage of a first-generation American stealth fighter shot down over Serbia in 1999, but they expressed doubt that much could have been gleaned from the debris of a plane developed in the 1970s. Pentagon officials did say they believe that the Chinese picked up pieces of the plane, an F-117 Nighthawk, which had been strewn over a wide area of farmland some 30 miles west of Belgrade, in the NATO bombing campaign during the Kosovo war. “But...
  • There May Be More Stealth Designs Coming From China

    02/03/2011 4:00:32 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 2/3/2011 | David A. Fulghum
    China’s J-20 stealthy prototype “is at the heavy end of the fighter scale, leaving ample room for medium and light platforms” as follow-on stealth designs to issue from Beijing’s aerospace industry, says Douglas Barrie, senior fellow at The International Institute for Strategic Studies. These follow-on aircraft may also be the vehicles for developing more all-aspect low observability. He notes that the J-20 appears optimized for stealth in the forward sector which would provide an advantage for beyond-visual-range air-to-air engagement or engaging surface targets with standoff weapons. The Chinese aircraft sports two lateral divertless supersonic intakes that includes a fixed-configuration bump...
  • Where Did China Get Its Stealth Technology?

    01/29/2011 10:10:39 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 24 replies news ^ | 1/27/2011 | Sharon Weinberger
    China is reveling in the attention its new stealth aircraft is getting, even though it's not clear whether the J-20 is as technologically advanced as the country's leaders would like the world to believe. Chinese officials are adamant that the aircraft was developed by engineers at home using their own designs, but analysts and aerospace experts presume the J-20 owes at least some credit to others. Here are the leading theories on where China may have copied -- or perhaps even stolen -- designs for its new aircraft.
  • Pentagon Still Learning China Stealth Jet Details, Morrell Says

    01/27/2011 11:23:23 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies ^ | 1/27/2011 |
    The U.S. Defense Department is reserving judgment on the capabilities of China’s new J-20 fighter jet, spokesman Geoff Morrell said today. Public reports are only speculation when they assert that the Chinese fighter has cutting-edge “fifth-generation” stealth technologies -- such as advanced sensors, avionics and communications gear -- like those used in Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-22 and F-35 jets, he said. Photos of the Chinese aircraft have appeared on the Internet, and a test flight of the J-20 occurred Jan. 11, during Defense Secretary Robert Gates’s visit to Beijing. “We don’t know what the capabilities of the engine are, we...
  • J-20 Shows Need for JSF

    01/25/2011 10:35:51 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | 1/24/2011 | John Wagner
    Recently DefenseTech ran a piece about the Chinese J-20 “stealth” fighter that points out it may be less troublesome than the initial hype suggested. I put “stealth” in scare quotes for just that reason; we have no idea whether this is a legitimate stealth aircraft or just some fancy sheet metal and paint. We have no clue if they have managed to engineer the sensors and electronic systems needed to fly it or to allow it to go up against our frontline birds. But that really shouldn’t be giving us a warm fuzzy. If they had actually fielded an aircraft...
  • China denies stealing American stealth technology

    01/25/2011 10:11:47 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 45 replies · 1+ views
    PTI via Brahmand News ^ | PTI via Brahmand News
    China Tuesday denied that its stealth fighter J-20 was developed with stolen US technology, claiming that it was a “masterpiece” of its technological innovation, shortly after an Indian-American was jailed for 32 years by an American court for leaking military secrets to Beijing. Chinese defence officials and military analysts insisted that the country's J-20 stealth fighter jet, which was test flown this month, is a result of the country's own efforts, state-run Global Times reported. "It's not the first time foreign media has smeared newly unveiled Chinese military technologies. It's meaningless to respond to such a speculation," an unnamed official...
  • Inside Pentagon, Growing Alarm Over China’s Military Prowess

    01/24/2011 10:52:06 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 30 replies
    Forbes Magazine ^ | 1/24/2011 | Loren Thompson
    Chinese President Hu Jintao had an embarrassing moment in mid-January when his military flight-tested a new tactical aircraft during a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Several features of the plane looked remarkably similar to America’s top-of-the-line F-22 fighter, and yet somehow leaders of the People’s Liberation Army air force managed to not mention to Hu that the test was happening. So the Chinese leader ended up learning about it from Gates. The episode suggested that although Hu is formally in charge of the Chinese military, he doesn’t know what it is doing much of the time
  • The Legacy of Vega 31

    01/24/2011 9:08:03 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    In From the Cold ^ | 1/24/2011 | In From the Cold
    March 27, 1999: it was the fourth night of Operation Allied Force, the NATO bombing campaign against Serbia. The effort's initial phase had gone remarkably well; U.S. and allied aircraft had inflicted heavy damaged on Serb air defenses and other critical targets, without the loss of a single NATO aircraft. When the Serbs tried to fight back, they generally paid a high price; three of their MiG-29 Fulcrums had been shot down in the early hours of the conflict, and a number of surface-to-air missile (SAM) batterys had been knocked out of action as well. But the Serbs would soon...
  • China used downed U.S. fighter to develop first stealth jet

    01/24/2011 8:35:07 PM PST · by GVnana · 27 replies
    China was able to build its first stealth bomber using technology gleaned from a downed U.S. fighter, it has been claimed. Beijing unveiled its state-of-the-art jet – the Chengdu J-20 – earlier this month. Military officials say it is likely the Chinese were able to develop the stealth technology from parts of an American F-117 Nighthawk that was shot down over Serbia in 1999. Read more:
  • Crashed US stealth fighter reborn in China’s new J-20?

    01/24/2011 4:36:14 PM PST · by lbryce · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Digital Trends ^ | January 22, 2011 | Molly McHugh
    A US plane shot down during the Kosovo war could have gifted the Chinese the technology behind its military’s new stealth fighter. The F-117 stealth jet, called the Nighthawk, grounded by Serbian forces in 1999 during NATO’s bombing of the country. Until now, the US military has been the sole owner of a stealth fighter, the Nighthawk being the first. Given the title because of their elusive nature, stealth jets are difficult for radar to detect. The Nighthawk’s creation was a highly classified project, and after it was shot down, other nations clamored to get a piece of the...
  • Chinese Industrial Espionage in 2010: Aggressive, Creative... and Relentless

    01/24/2011 9:49:23 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican
    Reaganite Republican ^ | January 24, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    While the recently flaunted Chinese J-20 stealth fighter prototype caught the world offguard with a seeming quantum-leap in technological prowess, it's similarities to the Russian T-50 made it appear to have been produced with the Kremlin's help- and indeed it was. But now we hear that back in the Balkans in 1999, when a USAF F-117 Nighthawk was downed by a SAM missile over Serbia, Slobodan Milosevic allowed Chinese agents to fan-out into the countryside to purchase or otherwise obtain pieces of the top-secret stealth fighter from villagers -some as large as a small car- to be sent back to...
  • Stealth fighter sneaks up on Taiwan

    01/24/2011 12:07:43 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies
    The maiden flight of China's new stealth jet fighter humbled those officials and observers who initially dismissed the possibility that the country could come up with such a sophisticated weapon any time soon. It was strikingly demonstrated that neither the intelligence apparatus of the United States nor that of Taiwan had a clue about the speed of Chinese advances. Unnoticed by Beijing's adversaries, the J-20's engineers have mastered advanced stealth-shaping techniques, and even if mass production still lies a few years ahead, it is understood that the Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) in the foreseeable future will have...
  • U.S. DNI, DIA on the defensive over major China J-20 intelligence failure

    01/23/2011 10:25:45 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies
    East Asia Intel ^ | 1/19/2001 | East Asia Intel
    The U.S. Congress is considering an investigation into the U.S. intelligence agencies estimates of China's development of a new stealth jet, the J-20, that was flight tested for the first time last week. The director of the Office of Naval Intelligence, Vice Adm. David Dorsett told reporters that speed of the development had been underestimated. Dorsett said the emergence of the J-20 was not a surprise but that U.S. intelligence underestimated "the speed at which they are making progress." Several days later Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates confirmed that U.S. intelligence agencies underestimated China's progress in developing a new stealth...
  • Two aircraft that put pressure on the JSF

    01/21/2011 9:35:19 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies ^ | 1/3/2011 | Ben Sandilands
    The appearance of two all new attack and defend aircraft at the beginning and end of the year just over have both raised issues of substance for the Joint Strike Fighter JSF or F-35 program, and reasons for the US and its allies to carefully review their plans to maintain air superiority. The first bookend for a poor year for the JSF program was the first flight last January of the Russian PAK-FA The last bookend was the appearance on Chinese internet sites of photos of its J-20 prototype making ground taxi runs. These aircraft provide western defence organisations with...
  • J-20 And The Russian Connection

    01/21/2011 9:18:43 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 1/21/2011 | The Strategy Page
    American intelligence believes that the tech behind the new Chinese J-20 stealth aircraft came from Russia. So far, not a lot of protests from Russia. This might indicate that MiG sold some tech to the Chinese, and didn't issue a press release. Of the four stealth fighters than have been built and flown so far (U.S. F-22 and F-35, Russian T-50 and I.42), it was noted that the J-20 looks most like the I.42, a MiG project that was cancelled in 1997. The rear portion of the J-20 is particularly similar to the MiG I.42. MiG has been having financial...
  • Bring Back The F-22

    01/20/2011 8:12:16 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies
    Defense Professionals ^ | 1/20/2011 | Daniel Goure, Ph.D.
    Only two years after Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’ decision to end production of the F-22 Raptor at 187 aircraft, the program may be poised to rise like a phoenix from the ashes. When Gates made his decision, it was on the assumption that other countries -- notably Russia and China -- would not develop their own fifth-generation fighters for at least another decade or more. Yet, even as the Secretary met with his counterparts from the Chinese military, that institution announced the first test flight of the J-20, their entrant into the fifth-generation fighter competition. In addition, Russia has...
  • The Russians Provided China with Stealth Technology Employed in the J-20 Fighter

    01/18/2011 11:07:15 PM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 8 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | January 19, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    How's that reset button working-out, Barry? According to a senior US lawmaker, the Russians provided China with the stealth technology they're now rolling-out for all the world to see... great. Add this to their new anti carrier missiles, and it's just like Dick Cheney warned us about... they're plainly going after the pillars of US military superiority, namely stealth aircraft and a blue-water Navy. This is the same Kremlin that Obama is so anxious to do arms deals with... in the name of bringing us peace! Instead of viewing China as the enemy they clearly see themselves as -how...
  • Shore Up America's Air Superiority

    01/18/2011 10:15:40 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journaal ^ | 1/17/2011 | Gary Schmitt and Thomas Donnelly
    After the Chinese military tested its new stealthy fighter during U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates' visit to Beijing, most attention focused on whether or not President Hu Jintao had advance knowledge of the test. The fact that Mr. Hu appeared surprised when Mr. Gates brought it up led to speculation on the relative independence of the PLA and its potential role in next year's change in China's leadership. These are obviously important issues but they should not make us lose sight of the test itself and the central fact that the balance of air power in the region is leaning...
  • Chinese fighter jet rewrites power in region, says critic

    01/18/2011 10:08:02 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies
    The Border ^ | 1/15/2011 | Robert Oakes
    THE shock unveiling of a Chinese stealth fighter plane has changed the power balance in Asia and means Australia must rethink its regional strategy, an Australian analyst has said. Peter Goon, a vehement critic of the F-35 joint strike fighter that Australia has committed to buying from the United States, says the Chinese J-20 is far superior to the American fighter and we must immediately adapt to the new status quo. The Chinese tested the J-20 for the first time last week, on the day that the US Defence Secretary, Robert Gates, arrived in Beijing for defence-related talks. Although the...
  • Arms race is back on the radar

    01/18/2011 9:55:06 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    Newsobserver ^ | 1/19/2011 | Andrew Cockburn
    The world may be in turmoil, but in the defense business there are signs of a return to normalcy. After dreary decades in which the U.S. military had to live without a presentable threat with which to justify its spending on high-technology weapons, the Chinese stepped up to the plate. With ominous talk gaining currency in Washington of actual cuts in the U.S. defense budget, our Asian friends have suddenly offered a titillating peek from an airfield in Chengdu at their newest warplane, described as a radar-evading "stealth" fighter like our own F-22.
  • China tries to steal a march

    01/18/2011 9:49:03 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    Asia Online ^ | 1/14/2011 | Trefor Moss
    Former paramount leader Deng Xiaoping once advised his future successors to bide their time and hide their capabilities, but China's military leadership has this month done precisely the opposite, appearing in a big hurry to show the world exactly what they are capable of. It is as though China's first working stealth jet was just too exciting a development to be left sitting unsung in the hangar - especially with US Defense Secretary Robert Gates about to come calling. The story of the Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter, whose existence was revealed at the turn of the year, is perhaps more...
  • China got stealth tech from Russia: US lawmaker

    01/18/2011 9:43:08 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies
    The Straits Times ^ | 1/19/2011 | AFP via The Straits Times
    CHINA got the technology for its first stealth fighter jet from Russia, a senior US lawmaker said on Tuesday, one week after the airplane apparently made its maiden flight. 'My understanding is that they built it on information that they received from Russia, from a Russian plane, that they were able to copy,' House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon told reporters. Mr McKeon, a Republican, said he hoped to 'hear more' on the issue from Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who was on a visit to Beijing when Chinese state media published photographs of the J-20 fighter in the skies...
  • UK Defense Chief Says F-35 Vital To Counter China Stealth Threat

    01/18/2011 9:28:08 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies ^ | 1/17/2011 | Enda Curran nand Rachel Pannett
    U.K. Secretary for Defense Liam Fox emphasized Tuesday the importance of the next generation U.S. F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to counter China's development of its own stealth jet after Britain and Australia agreed to strengthen defense cooperation in Asia during talks in Sydney. "Clearly if we don't have the equipment others have we would put ourselves at a potential disadvantage that's why we are very committed to the Joint Strike Figther the F-35 because it does have the sort of fifth generation steath technology we are likely to need in the future," Fox told reporters in response to questions following...
  • China Stealth Jet 'Leak' Viewed as Intentional (J-20)

    01/17/2011 10:31:28 PM PST · by Red Steel · 3 replies
    wsj ^ | JANUARY 8, 2011 | JEREMY PAGE
    BEIJING—Fresh video and still images of China's supposed stealth fighter prototype have emerged online, fueling speculation among military officials and experts about why the secretive military would suddenly allow the curtain to be lifted on such a sensitive project. Despite China's tight Internet controls, Chinese bloggers have posted dozens of images of the J-20 online in the week leading up to a long-delayed visit by Robert Gates, the U.S. defense secretary, who arrives in Beijing Sunday on a mission to repair military ties. Several Chinese bloggers have also posted what appear to be firsthand accounts of the J-20 conducting high-speed...
  • J-20 Flies Off Into Uncertainty

    01/17/2011 9:01:44 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 1/14/2011 | The Strategy Page
    On January 11, the new Chinese J-20 stealth fighter made its first flight, two weeks after it was seen doing taxi tests at a factory airstrip in central China. There are two J-20 prototypes, one with Russian AL-31 engines, and one with Chinese WS-10As (a copy of the AL-31). Of the four stealth fighters than have been built and flown so far (U.S. F-22 and F-35, Russian T-50 and I.42), the J-20 looks most like the I.42, a MiG project that was cancelled in 1997. China is releasing very little information, and apparently accepted the fact that flight tests could...
  • Joint Strike Fighter latest puts our(Australia) defence planning under siege

    01/17/2011 8:52:21 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    Crikey ^ | 1/10/2011 | Ben Sandilands
    The latest signal that the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program is in even more trouble came from soon-to-resign US Defence secretary Robert Gates, in an interview given on his way to his current talks in Beijing. China, Gates said, has “the potential to put some of our capabilities at risk”. His comments were almost entirely directed at the sudden, unpredicted, early appearance of China’s J-20 answer to the JSF, less than a year after Russia flew its response, in the PAK-FA. The evasive language of the Gates interview puts Canberra on further notice that the centerpiece of Australian defence planning...