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  • 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...
  • Osama bin Laden dead: hi-tech secret may end up in China ('stealth' helo wreck)

    05/06/2011 8:13:52 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 37 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 05 May 2011 | Thomas Harding
    Osama bin Laden dead: hi-tech secret may end up in China There are growing fears that top-secret stealth technology taken from the helicopter that crashed during the raid on the home of Osama bin Laden could be smuggled into China and cause a diplomatic row. By Thomas Harding, Defence Correspondent 05 May 2011 It has become clear that US special forces used a previously unseen stealth helicopter for the mission in order to evade Pakistani radar or being heard on the final approach to the home of the al-Qaeda terrorist. The American troops used thermite grenades to destroy the helicopter’s...
  • Stealth Blackhawk Used In Bin Laden Raid?

    05/05/2011 6:56:09 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 62 replies
    Av Web ^ | May 4, 2011 | Glenn Pew
    Stealth Blackhawk Used In Bin Laden Raid? May 4, 2011 By Glenn Pew, Contributing Editor, Video Editor Images of what appears to be the tail-rotor of one the helicopters used in Sunday's raid on Osama bin Laden's compound at Abbottabad, Pakistan, are hitting the internet, and may be a glimpse at something special. The parts don't appear to come from the standard military catalogue. According to the Army Times, the aircraft "were a radar-evading variant of the special operations MH-60 Blackhawk." That aircraft has hard edges like those on the F-117 Nighthawk and incorporates similar low-observable technology.
  • Secret Bin Laden Raid Chopper A Modified MH-60? (New Stealth Blackhawk?)

    05/04/2011 8:54:09 PM PDT · by tophat9000 · 48 replies
    I’m still skeptical, but Army Times’ ace reporter on all things special ops, Sean Naylor, used his very good source base to produce this piece saying that the secret helicopter that crashed during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden was indeed a stealth version of the MH-60 Black Hawk. The helicopters that flew the Navy SEALs on the mission to kill Osama bin Laden were a radar-evading variant of the special operations MH-60 Black Hawk, according to a retired special operations aviator. The helicopter’s low-observable technology is similar to that of the F-117 Stealth Fighter the retired special operations...
  • Top Secret Stealth Helicopter Program Revealed in Osama Bin Laden Raid: Experts

    05/04/2011 5:10:31 PM PDT · by Jewbacca · 65 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News ^ | May 4, 2011 | Brian Ross
    Before an elite team of U.S. Navy SEALs executed a daring raid that took down Osama bin Laden, the commandos were able to silently sneak up on their elusive target thanks to what aviation analysts said were top secret, never-before-seen stealth-modified helicopters. In the course of the operation that cost the al Qaeda leader his life, one of the two Blackhawk helicopters that carried the SEALs into bin Laden's Pakistani compound grazed one of the compound's wall and was forced to make a hard landing. With the chopper inoperable, at the end of the mission the SEALs destroyed it with...
  • Super Hornet international version testing anticipated

    04/26/2011 11:26:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Flight International ^ | 26/04/11 | Zach Rosenberg
    Super Hornet international version testing anticipated By Zach Rosenberg Any decisions about flight testing further variations of the F/A-18E/F will take place in 2012, says Boeing. Wind tunnel testing of the upgraded Super Hornet, called the International Roadmap version, is anticipated later this year. Flight testing is contingent on customer interest; thus far no nations have purchased the new version, unveiled last year. "We have offered in some instances," says Chris Chadwick, president of Boeing Military Aircraft, "so for example, the enhanced performance engine is baseline in our offer in India, because that aligns with what they want this aircraft...
  • Sarah Brady claims Obama pushing ‘under the radar’ gun control

    04/20/2011 4:54:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 35 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 19 April, 2011 | David Codrea
    Anti-gun activist Sarah Brady claims President Barack Obama is committed to stealth gun control according to a report in The Washington Post. Recounting a March 30 meeting between Brady, her husband Jim and White House Press secretary Jay Carney, The Post reports: During the meeting, President Obama dropped in and, according to Sarah Brady, brought up the issue of gun control, “to fill us in that it was very much on his agenda,” she said. “I just want you to know that we are working on it,” Brady recalled the president telling them. “We have to go through a few...
  • Taiwan to build new 'stealth' warship

    04/19/2011 7:30:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Taiwan to build new 'stealth' warship TAIPEI - TAIWAN plans to build a new 'stealth' warship armed with guided-missiles next year in response to China's naval build-up, a top military officer and a lawmaker said on Monday. Construction of the prototype of the 500-tonne corvette is due to start in 2012 for completion in 2014, deputy defence minister Lin Yu-pao said in answer to a question by Kuomintang party legislator Lin Yu-fang at parliament. The warship, which the navy says is harder to detect on radar, is expected to emerge after China puts into service its first battle carrier group,...
  • Obama sending tax dollars overseas to refurbish Mosques and provide them with internet.

    04/16/2011 9:14:42 AM PDT · by freemike · 11 replies
    youtube ^ | 4/16/11 | freemike
    Here's the direct link. It's pretty amazing.
  • Russia floats out 3rd stealth corvette

    04/15/2011 7:09:29 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Ria Novosti ^ | 15/04/2011
    Russia floats out 3rd stealth corvette St. Petersburg's Severnaya Verf shipyard floated out a new corvette for the Russian Navy featuring stealth technology on Friday. The Boiky is the third Steregushchy class (Project 20380) corvette designed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau. The first Project 20380 corvette, the Steregushchy, was put into service with Russia's Baltic Fleet in October 2008, and the second ship in the series, the Soobrazitelny, is expected to join the Russian Navy in 2011. The Project 20380 corvette can be deployed to destroy enemy surface ships, submarines and aircraft, and to provide artillery support for...
  • USAF Photo of the Day: The B-2 Spirit Is a "Diplomatic Instrument" and a "Military Instrument"

    03/28/2011 4:58:19 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 4 replies ^ | March 24, 2005 | USAF SSgt. Bennie J. Davis III
    A USAF B-2 Spirit stealth bomber sits on the ramp at Andersen AFB in Guam "Tip of the Spear" USA. Via (medium, large) The Photographer Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III, United States Air Force   Food For Thought From the September 2007 article "The Plane That Would Bomb Iran" by Robert D. Kaplan   "The B-2 makes a statement. And that statement is, 'We mean business!'" He [U.S. Air Force Colonel Robert "Wheels" Wheeler] banged his fist on the table. Wheeler is the classic intense Air Force intellectual. He has degrees in both engineering and strategic studies and...
  • 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...
  • USAF Photo of the Day: Awesome!

    03/24/2011 11:49:14 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 36 replies
    U.S. Department of Defense ^ | May 2, 2005 | USAF TSgt. Cecilio Ricardo
    A USAF B-2 Spirit stealth bomber soars over the Pacific Ocean. Via (medium, large) The Photographer Tech. Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo, United States Air Force  
  • Crisis May Scuttle Japan Fighter

    03/16/2011 8:36:52 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | March 16, 2011 | David Axe
    Crisis May Scuttle Japan Fighter March 16, 2011By David Axe Will the earthquake and tsunami, and the resulting economic pain, scuttle plans for the Shinshin stealthy fighter? The full implications for Japan of Friday's devastating earthquake and tsunami, as well as the ongoing problems at the Fukushima nuclear plant, remain unclear. But an ambitious and likely pricey military programme could be one of the first political casualties as Tokyo weighs the cost of recovery. In the early 2000s the forerunner to the Japanese Defense Ministry began developing a new, stealthy fighter jet under the auspices of the Advanced Technologies Demonstrator...
  • China Stealth Technology , A Wake Up Call ( Vanity/Humor)

    03/06/2011 2:40:29 AM PST · by Candor7 · 18 replies
    Ebaums World ^ | 6th March 2011 | Candor Seven
    New Shape shifting design allows Chinese women to fly under the radar of the bamboo curtain. See video at link. (Another example of Chinese entrepreneurial success of capitalism.)
  • 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...
  • Seoul accelerates stealth fighter program

    03/02/2011 10:23:55 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Korea Herald ^ | 2011-03-02 | Song Sang-ho
    Seoul accelerates stealth fighter program 2011-03-02 19:18 BoeingÂ’s F-15SE, Lockheed MartinÂ’s F-35 likely candidates for FX-III project South Korea is accelerating moves to purchase a high-end fleet of stealth fighter jets to counter North KoreaÂ’s asymmetrical threats and keep pace with neighboring countries seeking to secure their own radar-evading combat aircraft. Under the FX-III acquisition project worth around 10 trillion won ($8.86 billion), the Seoul government is seeking to purchase some 60 next-generation fighters with an aim to have them delivered for operational deployment to begin in 2016. The government is expected to draw up an acquisition strategy in the...
  • India re-imagines the F-35?

    03/01/2011 7:16:36 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Flight Global ^ | March 1, 2011 | Stephen Trimble
    India re-imagines the F-35? By Stephen Trimble on March 1, 2011 As more details emerge of India's stealth fighter project -- advanced medium combat aircraft (AMCA) -- I have started to wonder something. Is the project of India's Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) based substantially on re-imagining the F-35C with two engines rather than one? The Indian forum Bharat Rakshak has posted new briefing slides by the ADA. Take a look at them below, and tell me what you think.
  • Japan's Roadmap To An Indigenous Fighter

    02/11/2011 10:47:09 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | Feb 11, 2011 | Bradley Perrett
    Japan's Roadmap To An Indigenous Fighter By Bradley Perrett Beijing Japanese industry is urging the government to keep the country’s planned F-X fighter in production until 2028, raising the stakes for the three Western companies competing for the program. Full-scale development of an indigenous follow-on fighter, meanwhile, should begin between 2015 and 2017, the industry’s Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies recommends. The industry thus envisages two parallel, long-term projects, one for the factories and one for the development teams, to sustain the country’s fighter industrial base after deliveries of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries F-2s end this year. There is a sign...
  • Repairing the F-35 Program

    02/10/2011 6:12:36 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 2/11/2011 | by David A. Fulghum
    “I think we have succumbed on the F-35 program to adding too many things too quickly,” says a veteran Pentagon program manager. Moreover, the Joint Strike Fighter’s problems have been compounded because the development effort was launched without a complete test plan. Paul Kaminski, speaking as a private citizen, picked out three aircraft programs – the F-16, the F-117 and the F-35, all products of Lockheed Martin – to show how some programs function smoothly, others become delayed and some are repaired along the way. He is CEO of Technovation, Inc., a former under sec. of defense for acquisition and...
  • 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...
  • Drone Will Call Aircraft Carriers Home

    02/08/2011 11:03:16 AM PST · by PreciousLiberty · 44 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | FEBRUARY 8, 2011 | NATHAN HODGE
    The U.S. Navy said it made a breakthrough in drone technology with the first flight of the X-47B, a bat-winged unmanned jet designed to take off and land from an aircraft carrier, one of the most complex and difficult feats in aviation.
  • Aero India: Missing the Super Duper Hornet

    02/08/2011 8:00:07 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Flight Global ^ | February 8, 2011 | Greg Waldron
    Aero India: Missing the Super Duper Hornet By Greg Waldron on February 8, 2011 I'd like to think I know a thing or two about fighter airplanes, especially popular ones such as Boeing's F-18 E/F Super Hornet, which I've probably seen a few thousand times in print and a dozen times in person.# Hence my dismay when reviewing the flight line this morning. The second F-18 on the line looked different: conformal fuel tanks, big pod underneath, IRST sensor under the nose, etc. All new stuff. Did I miss all this when I walked by yesterday?" I asked myself. "What...
  • USAF Photo of the Day: Best of the Best

    02/04/2011 8:58:26 AM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 27 replies ^ | March 3, 2006 | USAF TSgt. Ben Bloker
    U.S. Air Force (USAF) Lieutenant Colonel Dirk Smith (Commander, 94th Fighter Squadron) peels away from USAF Major Kevin Dolata (Assistant Director of Operations, 94th Fighter Squadron) during the delivery flight of the first F-22A Raptor stealth fighter jets to the 94th Fighter Squadron at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, on March 3, 2006. Via (medium, large) The Photographer Tech. Sgt. Ben Bloker, United States Air Force  
  • Boeing to unveil stealthier F/A-18 aircraft

    02/03/2011 3:56:33 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    DNA ^ | 2/2/2011 | Hemanth CS
    A mocked up version of Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet will be among the many metal birds to debut at the upcoming Aero India 2011 Boeing, which is one of the contenders for the $10 billion medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) contract, will unveil a stealthier version of the F/A-18 at the air show to be held at the Air Force Station Yelahanka between February 9 and 13. Boeing’s vice-president for defence, space and security, Vivek Lall, said that one of the two F/A-18s which will be performing at the bi-annual show will be configured with conformal fuel tanks, enhanced performance...
  • U.S. military says keeps up with China; Is it enough?

    02/01/2011 3:13:18 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/1/2011 | Phil Stewart/Reuters
    U.S. military commanders are expressing confidence that they can hold their own in the face of faster-than-expected advances by China's military, but looming cost cuts are adding to doubts about the future of American power in the Pacific. Fueled by its booming economy, China's military growth over the past decade has exceeded most U.S. forecasts. Its plans to develop aircraft carriers, anti-satellite missiles and other advanced systems have alarmed neighbors and Washington. Critics, including within the U.S. Congress, note with apprehension that rising Chinese defense spending coincides with Washington's plans to scale back its budgets. They accuse the Pentagon of...
  • S. Korea seeking early purchase of stealth jets: sources

    01/29/2011 7:10:38 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    S. Korea seeking early purchase of stealth jets: sources SEOUL, Jan. 30 (Yonhap) -- South Korea is moving to introduce the fifth generation of stealth fighter jets at an early date to replace its aging Air Force fighters and to secure capabilities to counter North Korea's increasing provocations, government sources said Sunday. The move comes after the parliament cut the defense ministry's request for some 15.7 billion won (US$14 million) to launch a new fighter jet procurement program this year, granting only 300 million won. "There is a growing consensus within the government that the next-generation fighter program must be...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • China stealth fighter 'copied parts from downed US jet'

    01/24/2011 8:01:43 AM PST · by Ancient Drive · 42 replies
    BBC News ^ | 24 January 2011 | BBC News
    The technology behind China's J-20 stealth fighter may have come from a US plane shot down during the Kosovo war, Balkan military sources say.
  • 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...
  • Made in the U.S. of A.

    01/23/2011 4:58:26 AM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 2 replies · 2+ views
    U.S. Department of Defense ^ | August 27, 2008 | USAF Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.
    One Raptor, one flare, high above the Gulf of Mexico, U.S. of A. Via (medium, large, huge) The Photographer Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr., United States Air Force  
  • Trading Away Secrets

    01/19/2011 5:07:09 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 19, 2011 | Staff
    Technology Transfer: During the visit of China's president, and as China's new stealth fighter takes to the sky, America's top jet engine manufacturer agrees to provide Beijing with state-of-the-art aircraft technology. The aircraft industry remains one of America's strongest manufacturing sectors, providing needed jobs and industrial sales. Already buffeted by the heavily subsidized European Airbus, it may also face stiffer competition one day from a Chinese behemoth buying what American technology it cannot steal. General Electric plans this week to sign a joint-venture agreement under which it will share its most sophisticated airplane electronics, including technology from Boeing's 787 Dreamliner,...
  • 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...
  • China's Stealth Fighter Flies, But Does It Work By Ripping Off U.S. Tech?

    01/17/2011 12:05:43 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies
    Fast Company ^ | 1/11/2011 | Kit Eaton
    China's now test-flying its new J-20 stealth fighter, coincidental with a visit to the nation by Defense Secretary Robert Gates. But exactly how does the Chinese aircraft stealth tech work? Unlike the U.S.'s vintage SR-71, world's first stealthy aircraft the F-117 and the hugely impressive B-2, all developed under the utmost secrecy, the J-20 is having a particularly open development process (even more unusual when you consider China's normal habitual secrecy).
  • Stealthy Chinese J-20 Vulnerable

    01/14/2011 7:15:04 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | Jan 14, 2011 | David A. Fulghum, Bill Sweetman, Bradley Perrett, Robert Wall
    Stealthy Chinese J-20 Vulnerable Jan 14, 2011 By David A. Fulghum, Bill Sweetman, Bradley Perrett, Robert Wall Washington, Washington, Beijing, London China’s newest combat aircraft prototype, the J-20, will require an intense development program if it is going to catch up with fast-moving anti-stealth advances. In fact, anti-stealth will bring into question all stealth designs: How much invulnerability will current low-observability techniques offer as air defense systems adopt larger and more powerful active, electronically scanned array (AESA) radars? From the early days of AESA development, a key goal was to build a radar that could detect very small objects—such as...
  • California Police Fight Crime With Electric Bikes

    01/12/2011 2:34:26 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 13 replies
    gear log ^ | 1-11-11 | gear log
    One of the side effects of not having a combustible engine is that electric vehicles are quiet. Very quiet. So quiet, in fact, that police in California will soon be using electric motorcycles to improve their stealth. The bikes, produced by Zero Motorcycle, are currently being employed by the Scotts Valley Police Department, reportedly the first California police force to utilize electric bikes.
  • Anti-Stealth Sensors to Tackle Chinese and Russian LO Designs (detection of J-20 and PakFa)

    01/12/2011 5:03:17 AM PST · by spetznaz · 9 replies
    Aviation Week ^ | 1/11/2011 | David A. Fulghum
    With first flight out of the way, the discussion about China’s new J-20 stealth prototype is switching to the aircraft’s mission (fighter or, more likely, long-range strike), sensors (strike missions would require a high-resolution long-range radar) and communications (which would demand high-speed datalinks and sophisticated integration). (snip) The Chengdu J-20 design has struck most analysts and observers as familiar and somewhat different that the Lockheed-Martin F-22 and F-35 as well as the Sukhoi T-50. “The J-20 is reminiscent of the Russian MiG 1.42 both in terms of planform, and also with regard to the rear fuselage configuration,” says Douglas Barrie,...
  • Test of Stealth Fighter Clouds Gates Visit to China

    01/12/2011 3:13:04 AM PST · by lbryce · 14 replies
    NYT ^ | January 11, 2011 | ELISABETH BUMILLER and MICHAEL WINES
    China’s military conducted a test flight of a new stealth fighter jet on Tuesday, overshadowing an important visit to Beijing by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates aimed at improving defense ties — and apparently catching China’s civilian leadership off guard. Staging the test flight of the long-secret J-20 while Mr. Gates was in Beijing amounted to an unusually bold show of force by China. But the demonstration also raised questions about the degree of civilian control of the Chinese military, as President Hu Jintao and other civilian leaders gave their American visitors the impression that they were unaware that the...
  • China stealth jet is no reason to boost U.S. defense spending

    01/11/2011 7:37:17 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 12, 2011 | Andrew Cockburn
    China stealth jet is no reason to boost U.S. defense spending The warplane could be decisively superior, some experts have said. But another arms race is unnecessary, especially over a plane whose capabilities are untested. By Andrew Cockburn January 12, 2011 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...
  • China Spurns Defense Secretary Gates

    01/11/2011 5:38:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 11, 2011 | Staff
    Defense: Dealing from a position of increasing strength against increasing U.S. weakness, China has rebuffed an overture to hold strategic nuclear talks. Why should they? As we disarm unilaterally, time is on their side. America doesn't have that big a stick anymore, and the Chinese know it. China and the United States are seemingly moving in different directions both economically and militarily. So when Defense Secretary Robert Gates went to Beijing on Monday speaking softly about the need for strategic talks, the Chinese told him in essence, "Thanks for coming." The world's oldest civilization is willing to wait patiently for...
  • China's New Fighter Jet Could Pose 'Terrifying' Challenge to U.S. Fleet

    01/07/2011 8:24:32 PM PST · by Allthatucantleavebehind · 33 replies ^ | Jana Winter
    While the Pentagon downplays China’s rollout this week of what appears to be a jet fighter designed using sophisticated stealth technology, military experts are warning that the aircraft – reportedly capable of besting America’s F-22 in speed and maneuverability – could pose the greatest threat yet to U.S. air superiority. Decorated Navy fighter pilot Matthew “Whiz” Buckley, a Top Gun graduate of the Navy Fighter Weapons School who flew 44 combat missions over Iraq, says, “It’s probably leaps and bounds above where we are, and that’s terrifying.” “As a former Navy fighter pilot, going up against something that’s stealthy, highly...
  • The Unveiling Of China's Raptor

    01/06/2011 5:03:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 5, 2011 | Staff
    Defense: While America has stopped production of its stealth fighter, China prepares to challenge U.S. air supremacy in the Western Pacific with its own. China is on another Long March, one it hopes will lead to military supremacy over the U.S. at least in the Western Pacific. It is deploying a carrier-killing mobile missile, the Dong Feng 21D, and is expected to launch its first aircraft carrier this year, the refurbished ex-Soviet carrier Varyag. China is also conducting preflight tests on a fifth-generation stealth fighter expected to challenge the best the U.S. has to offer. Photographs reportedly showing China's J-20...
  • China media report mystery stealth fighter photos

    01/05/2011 11:23:00 AM PST · by americanophile · 5 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | January 5, 2011 | CHRISTOPHER BODEEN
    BEIJING – Photos leaked online that appear to show a prototype of China's first stealth fighter jet were discussed in state media Wednesday — a move that supports claims the country's military aviation program is advancing faster than expected. Both the English and Chinese language editions of the Global Times ran front-page articles on the photos of what appears to be a future J-20 fighter, along with extensive reports on the buzz the pictures have generated overseas. Photos of the plane appeared on unofficial military news websites and hobbyist blogs last week and were still viewable Wednesday. The Global Times...
  • Chinese J-20 Stealth Fighter Spotted Testing (photos)

    01/05/2011 6:21:55 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 15 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | January 5, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    An unofficial Chinese site has pictures of a Chinese stealth fighter said to be as invisible to radar and/or infrared sensors as an American F-22 Raptor...  ...there are also opinions that it is just a dummy.  But other experts say that the pictures were in the neighborhood development center in western China taken in stages, which they consider one of the last steps before the first flight of the machine.... So far the only fully operational "invisible" fighter in the world has the U.S. Air Force, and the machine's F-22. Daily also noted that the images leaked just days...
  • Chengdu J-XX [J-20] Stealth Fighter Prototype: A Preliminary Assessment

    01/04/2011 11:44:27 AM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 18 replies
    Air Power Australia ^ | January 3, 2011 | Dr. Carlo Kopp and Peter Goon
    "Any notion that an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter or F/A-18E/F Super Hornet will be capable of competing against this Chengdu design in air combat, let alone penetrate airspace defended by this fighter, would be simply absurd. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet are both aerodynamically and kinematically quite inferior to the as presented J-XX/J-20 design, and even the shape based VLO capability in the J-XX/J-20, as presented, will effectively neutralise any sensor advantage either type might possess against earlier Russian and Chinese fighter designs." Photo via
  • Experts doubt 'stealth' capability of Chinese fighters

    01/04/2011 7:40:25 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    Focus Taiwan ^ | 2011/01/04 | Emmanuelle Tzeng & Bear Lee
    Experts doubt 'stealth' capability of Chinese fighters 2011/01/04 19:55:11 Taipei, Dec. 4 (CNA) Local military analysts expressed doubt Tuesday about the "stealth' capability of a Chinese stealth fighter that reportedly has been performing high-speed taxiing tests recently. Pictures of the prototype J-20 stealth fighter were posted on several websites after the U.S.-based Aviation Week reported that the aircraft had been carrying out taxiing tests at an airfield in Chengdu, western China, late last month. The debut of the J-20 was announced in November 2009 by General He Weirong, deputy commander of the People's Liberation Army Air Force, during an interview...
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    12/30/2010 5:34:07 PM PST · by La Lydia · 2 replies · 236+ views
    The West, Islam and Sharia ^ | December 30, 2010 | Douglas Murray
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  • China's J-20 Stealth Fighter In Taxi Tests

    12/30/2010 10:42:40 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies · 133+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | Dec 30, 2010 | Bill Sweetman
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    12/29/2010 9:37:47 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 43 replies · 43+ views
    China Defense Blog ^ | December 29, 2010
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