US defense dominance is slipping says analyst

1 Aug 2016

  • The West’s dominance in providing military hardware around the world is set to erode, according to analysts in the sector. It’s inevitable that China will sell more and more abroad, particularly to local markets, according to Berenson. Avascent’s white paper expects China to eclipse the U.S. as Pakistan’s largest arms provider by as early as this year.

Space Standoff: The next Cold War is already playing out right above our heads

July 30, 2016

  • Up until the 2007, only Russia and the U.S. had demonstrated the capacity to destroy enemy satellites via missile intercept, a feat neither party had demonstrated since the ’80s. Then suddenly in 2007, everything changed when China successfully blew up one of its own weather satellites. Much to the chagrin of Russia and the United States, this Chinese robo-claw has successfully performed at least one satellite capture procedure in orbit. The satellite is officially recognized by the Chinese government as part of a larger program involving “scientific experimentation satellites,” but the intrinsic dual nature of the grabber technology has only fueled paranoia among top military brass. And other maneuvers haven’t helped.

Chinese military resumes training flights after ‘short’ break to assess fatal crash

31 July, 2016

  • The Chinese military suspended carrier-based jet fighter pilot training for nearly two months after a fatal crash in late April, state media ­reported on Sunday. The reports also gave further details of the moments leading up to the J-15 jet crash that killed its PLA pilot during a simulated deck landing at an inland base. J-15s are the core jets for China’s aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, and other more advanced domestic carriers reportedly under construction.

China’s female fighter pilots show their mettle

August 1, 2016

  • China’s Air Force has been training female pilots for six decades. But women flying one of the world’s most lethal fighter jets are a fairly recent development – and they’re breaking barriers. Reporter Han Bin was given rare access to the four female fighter pilots, who are conquering the skies with their skill and determination. They are some of the toughest pilots in China. They are the Air Force’s first group of female fighter pilots. They belong to the “Airborne Honor Guards”—the August 1st Aerobatic Team. Flying one of the world’s most lethal warplanes sets them apart from others their age.

UN peacekeeping chief hails great professionalism of Chinese peacekeepers


  • UNITED NATIONS, July 27 (Xinhua) — Chinese peacekeepers are showing great professionalism, dedication and generosity to UN peacekeeping operations, said Herve Ladsous, UN under-secretary-general for peacekeeping operations, on Wednesday.

China’s New Seaplane Is as Big as a 737

Jul 25, 2016

  • China has started production on the world’s largest seaplane. Known in China as the Jiaolong, or Water Dragon, the AG-600 is built by Chinese aviation giant AVIC, who held ceremony to start up the aircraft assembly line on July 23. The AG-600 is much larger than its predecessor, the Harbin SH-5 flying boat, which was introduced in 1986. It has a wingspan of 121 feet and a maximum takeoff weight of 53.6 tons. According to Chinese state media, it’s as large as an Airbus 320 or Boeing 737. The plane uses four WJ-6 turboprop engines descended from a 1950s-era engine designed by the Soviet Union. It has a range of 3,100 miles and can stay in the air for up to 12 hours.

China’s Military Push In Africa Is Unlikely To End Anytime Soon


  • Over the past five years the Chinese military presence in Africa has undergone a profound change. Until 2012, the Chinese were happy to play a low-key support role in multinational peacekeeping operations on the continent, preferring to send military engineers and medical staff rather than deploy combat forces. Today, that is no longer the case. China is in fact the eighth-largest supplier of troops for U.N. peacekeeping operations in Africa and the largest among the five permanent Security Council members, according to the European Council on Foreign Relations.

China Focus: China targets better integrated military, civilian development


  • China is eyeing more efficient and coordinated integration of military and civilian development as a new document aims to make the two complementary. The document, jointly released on Thursday by the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, the State Council and the Central Military Commission, was approved in March at a meeting of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee.

PLAN Conducted Major Naval Drills Involving close to 100 Vessels & Units in South China Sea

20 July 2016

  • Our colleagues from Eastpendulum are reporting that the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) conducted large scale naval drills in the South China Sea. The naval exercise involved close to 100 vessels, submarine, aircraft from the PLAN air force and coastal defense (land based) units during 4 days (between July 7 and 11, 2016).

PLAN’s Wu to CNO Richardson: Beijing Won’t Stop South China Sea Island Building

July 18, 2016

  • The head of the People’s Liberation Army Navy told his U.S. counterpart that China has no intention of stopping its island building campaign in the South China Sea Spratly Islands, according to Chinese state-controlled media.

Beijing sends nuclear capable H-6K bomber over Scarborough Shoal in new South China Sea escalation

July 18, 2016

  • BEIJING has sent the US a message in the skies above the South China Sea: Anything you can do, we can do too. It’s just flown a nuclear-capable bomber over Scarborough Shoal. The United States has conducted several B-52 bomber ‘freedom of navigation’ flights over the contested waterway in recent months, along with flights by surveillance and patrol aircraft.

Air Force General: The US’ capability lead over Russia and China ‘is shrinking’

July 15, 2016

  • In a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Wednesday, General Herbert J. Carlisle, the Commander of Air Combat Command, expressed concern over the current progress in the modernization of the US Air Force. “The lead we have is shrinking as our near peer adversaries, and countries with which they proliferate, have developed, likely stolen, and fielded state-of-the-art systems.”

Four in a Row: China’s Stealth Fighter Fleet Grows Again

July 13, 2016

  • In July 2016, the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation rolled out two more low rate initial production (LRIP) J-20 stealth fighters. This brings to a total of four J-20 fighters built for service into the Chinese air force, as opposed to the original eight J-20 prototypes, which are still undergoing a rigorous flight testing regimen. At this rate of production, China may have 12 production J-20 ready to hand off to a PLAAF squadron for operational and flight familiarization, with an initial operating capability (IOC — meaning those fighters can conduct combat operations) in 2017-2018.

China’s Norinco develops new Type 96 MBT variant

12 July 2016

  • One of China’s biggest military manufacturers, China North Industries Corporation (Norinco), has developed a new variant of its Type 96 (ZTZ-96) main battle tank (MBT) in time to participate in the 30 July to 16 August International Army Games organised by the Russian Ministry of Defence. At least five T-96Bs arrived in Russia on 7 July to take part in the Masters of Automobile and Tank Hardware competition, according to Russian media reports. The ‘Tank Biathlon’ portion of this competition received wide coverage in Chinese state media last year when Norinco’s 50-tonne T-96A MBT was allowed to participate.

055 class hull and deck configuration

  • Over the last few months, a number of pictures from Jiangnan Changxing shipyard have surfaced, seemingly depicting a number of large hull modules which are consistent with what would be expected for a large surface combatant. Close inspection and rough eyeballing demonstrates these modules are different in configuration and also significantly larger than what would be expected for an 052D class destroyer. The appearance of these modules are consistent with previous rumours and projections of the 055 class’ expected “appearance”. Furthermore, Chinese language military forums appear to be highly confident these modules are for the first 055 class destroyer, and the combination of the aforementioned factors strongly suggest these modules may be for the 055 class everyone has been waiting for.

PLAN’s Fourth Type 052D Kunming-class Destroyer to be Commissioned Soon

05 July 2016

  • China’s fourth Type 052D guided-missile destroyer (NATO reporting name Luyang III class) with hull number 175 should be commissioned with the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) soon said Cao Weidong, a Chinese military expert, in an interview with China Center Television.

China develops SWS2 mobile air-defence system

06 July 2016

  • China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) has released details of its latest SWS2 self-propelled anti-aircraft gun/surface-to-air (SPAAG/SAM) system, which it is now offering for export. Mounted on the middle of the platform is a remote controlled turret, which is armed with a 35 mm revolver cannon and a pod of four SAMs. Turret traverse is 360° with gun elevation from -2° to 85° while SAM elevation is from -5° to 70°. It would appear that SAM reloads are not carried so the SWS2 will have to depend on resupply vehicles for missile replenishment.

Chinese air force puts new transport aircraft into service

Jul 6, 2016

  • China’s air force on Wednesday put into service a new, domestically-developed large transport aircraft, as part of the government’s ambitious modernization program. The Y-20 has a maximum takeoff weight of 200 tonnes and is ideal for carrying cargo and people over long distances in difficult weather conditions, the air force said in a short statement on its official microblog.

China plans South China Sea drills ahead of court ruling

Jul. 3, 2016

  • China will hold seven-day military drills around disputed islands starting Tuesday, the maritime safety administration announced Sunday, ahead of an arbitration court ruling on its sweeping claims to the South China Sea. China regularly holds military exercises in the South China Sea. The Maritime Safety Administration said the latest ones would be held from Tuesday to July 11. It gave coordinates that run from the east of China’s Hainan Island and encompass the Paracel Islands, and said entering the area was prohibited.

Current American, Russian and Chinese hypersonic weapon timelines see initial deployments from 2020-2025

July 02, 2016

  • The congressional U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission stated in its most recent annual report that the hypersonic glide vehicle program was “progressing rapidly” and that the new strike weapon could be deployed by 2020. A powered version also is in development and could be fielded by 2025. China has had seven successful tests of their Wu-14 / DF-ZF hypersonic glide vehicles.

Chinese Warships Now Training with Ships from U.S. Carrier Strike Group

June 28, 2016

  • Five ships from the People’s Liberation Army Navy are training with ships from a U.S. carrier strike group ahead of next month’s Rim of the Pacific 2016 exercises, a Navy official confirmed to USNI News on Monday. Last week the five ship PLAN flotilla linked up with ships from the strike group – centered on carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) — met near Guam and steamed toward Hawaii ahead of July’s international exercises.

Image shows new variant of China’s Type 093 attack submarine

23 June 2016

  • A new image emerged on 21 June providing confirmation of the latest variant of the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN’s) Type 093 nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN). Published on Chinese online forums, the picture shows that the new Shang-class submarine appears to have a new ‘bump’ shape after the sail that may be intended to help dissipate root vortices that emerge from the base of the sail, which can help reduce drag and noise.

China Is Getting Serious About Mach 10 “Hypersonic” Weapons

Jun 21, 2016

  • A new report says China is making progress in developing so-called hypersonic weapons that could evade current missile defenses, delivering a conventional or nuclear bomb at blistering speeds. The report, by the Washington-based think tank Jamestown Foundation, covers Chinese development of the DF-ZF hypersonic weapon. Hypersonic weapons are a new class of weapon system currently under development by the United States, Russia, and China. Supersonic speed is defined as Mach 1 to Mach 5—beyond that is the realm of hypersonic flight.

China’s New Y-20 Is the Largest Military Aircraft Currently in Production

Jun 20, 2016

  • The first Xian Y-20 military transport aircraft was delivered to the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) on June 15. Developed by Xian Aircraft Corporation, the Y-20 has an empty weight of 110 short tons, making it the largest military aircraft currently in production—larger than Russia’s Ilyushin Il-76. Boeing’s C-17 Globemaster III is bigger than the Y-20—the C-17’s empty weight is about 60,000 pounds more than the Y-20 and its payload capacity is 25,000 pounds more—but production stopped in 2015, making the Y-20 the biggest that is currently rolling out of factories.

China’s First Maritime NBC Rescue Team Conducts Military Training


  • A unique military drill has taken place at a port in the northeastern Chinese province of Liaoning. The PLA’s maritime nuclear, biological and chemical team has conducted a simulation of a port being attacked by chemical weapons. Team leader Li Kuanshui says the drill played-out different scenarios, including what the squad would have to cope with in the event of a nuclear attack.

How China’s navy rapidly modernized to rival the US’s

Jun. 18, 2016

  • A recent report from the US Congressional Research Service details how China’s navy, the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), has undergone a stunning modernization push that puts it near parity with the US. By perfecting deadly ballistic and cruise missiles, by buying and designing submarines, planes, and surface ships, by cracking down on corruption and improving internal organization and logistics, the PLAN presents US naval planners with plenty to think about going forward.

Core technology of Chinese AEW realized localization

June 15, 2016

  • Multiple models of Chinese airborne early warning aircraft (AEW) such as KJ-500, Kj-2000, and KJ-200 fly over Tian’anmen Square during China’s V-Day military parade on Sept. 3, 2015. It was the debut of the KJ-500, which had draw attention from all over the world.

China shadows U.S. warships amid rising tensions in Asia

June 15, 2016

  • U.S. commanders said Wednesday Chinese warships closely followed the powerful USS John C. Stennis carrier strike group from nearly the minute it entered the disputed South China Sea on a regular patrol in early March. “We did see PLAN ships quite routinely throughout the South China Sea. In fact, we were in constant visual contact with at least one PLAN ship at any one time, 24/7,” said Rear Adm. Marcus Hitchcock, commander of the Stennis strike group. “It’s always interesting to see our Chinese companion ‘in formation’ with the other ships. Their presence is always felt,” Brigden said. “We just try to treat it like another day, keep everybody focused on their jobs.”

More surface ships for the Chinese navy

14 June 2016

  • China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) commissioned its 26th Type 056 Jiangdao-class corvette on 8th June at the South Sea Fleet base at Sanya on Hainan Island. On the same day, the 25th Type 054A Jiangkai II frigate was launched at Shanghai’s Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard and nine days earlier the 24th of this class was launched at the Huangpu shipyard in Guangzhou.

The Dragon Muscles In: Growing Number Of Victories In Chinese Arms Exports

June 9, 2016

  • In line with its increasingly sophisticated domestic arsenal, China’s arms exports have become much more technically competitive in the last 10 years; the 2015 U.S. Defense Department’s Annual Report on the PLA even stated that China’s ground systems in particular are globally competitive or nearly globally competitive. With selling points of low cost and affordable service, lack of geopolitical strings and upgrade packages, China has become the world’s third largest arms exporter behind the US and Russia. With a series of recent contracting wins against Russian firms, it looks to expand its market share.

China’s 26th Type 056 Corvette (Jiangdao class) Qujing Commissioned in PLAN South Sea Fleet

09 June 2016

  • A commissioning, naming and flag-presenting ceremony of the new Qujing corvette (hull number 508) of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) was held solemnly at Yulin Naval Base located in the Yalong Bay (city of Sanya) on Hainan island. The event means that the vessel is officially commissioned to the PLAN. Qujing is the twenty-sixth Type 056 Corvette (Jiangdao class). Qujing, the third corvette of the class to be commissioned this year, joined the PLAN’s South Sea Fleet. It is the tenth corvette of the class to be assigned to the PLAN’s South Sea Fleet. According to a PLAN statement, Qujing’s main area of responsibility will the be the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. Five more Type 056 Corvettes are expected to be inducted in the PLAN in 2016.

China Strengthens Undersea Power with 10,000-foot-deep Underwater Lab

Jun 08, 2016

  • China is establishing its underwater sea lab along the South China Sea quite quickly to help extract mineral resources from the ocean as well as become a battle station if it comes to it. First presented in China’s five-year economic plan in March, the underwater sea platform, which appears to be a counterpart of a “space station,” is expected to be situated 3,000 meters or almost 10,000 feet below the surface, according to a presentation from the Science Ministry cited by Bloomberg.

Risky Chinese Fighter Pilots Are ‘Outliers,’ U.S. Says

June 4, 2016

  • China’s military is behaving in a more positive way and unsafe incidents involving its fighter pilots should be viewed as unusual, according to U.S. Pacific Command chief Harry Harris. Speaking in Singapore to reporters on the sidelines of the annual Shangri-La security dialogue, Admiral Harris said military cooperation with China was increasing, even as tensions over its actions in the disputed South China Sea were on the rise. “We have seen positive behavior in the last several months from China” he said. “You know every now and then you’ll see an incident in the air that we may judge to be unsafe, but those are really over the course of time rare.”

China’s Coast Guard Arms Up With a New Warship

June 1, 2016

  • Already, the Chinese Coast Guard operates two of the largest Coast Guard ships in the world, a pair of 12,000 ton cutters that are even larger than US Navy Ticonderoga cruisers. Now, the Chinese Coast Guard is getting a cutter built off of an actual warship hull. “46301”, undergoing fitting at its shipyard, is based off the prolific Type 054A frigate, a 4,000 ton warship of which the PLAN will have a total of 24 in service. Already painted in the white, red and blue color scheme, “46301” will have several differences from its PLAN sister ships; it does not come equipped with the 32-cell vertical launch system (VLS) for air defense missiles and anti-submarine torpedoes, or YJ-83 antiship missiles, and its sensors are likely to be civilian purposes. However, it is likely to retain the frigate’s 76mm PJ26 cannon, have heavy pressure water cannons and be fitted with 30mm autocannons and heavy machine guns to handle small boats. “46301” can also use its large size to fit in a larger contingent of armed personnel for boarding and inspection action, hold prisoners and contraband, and conduct global missions like antipiracy.

China’s Future Submarine Could Move At The Speed Of Sound

30 May, 2016

  • Researchers at China’s Harbin Institute of Technology have developed a new concept for submarine “supercavitation,” where an underwater vessel creates a pocket of air around itself in order to reduce the amount of friction created by water moving over the surface of the vehicle. Theoretically, the lack of drag caused by water paired with a powerful enough thrust system could result in supersonic speeds. Supercavitation actually stems from Soviet research back in the Cold War, where they developed a torpedo called Shakval which was able to reach speeds of up to 370kph. A submarine using the same or a very similar system could be able to hit 5800kph, and could reduce the amount of time for a trans-Atlantic journey to less than an hour, and for a trans-Pacific journey to about 100 minutes.

Chinese Special Force Conducts Live Fire Parachute Drill

May 28, 2016

  • A special force with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s 38th Group Army recently carried out a live-fire parachute drill in north China’s Yanshan Mountains, to test and improve its strike capabilities behind enemy lines. “Each paratrooper has to carry combat equipment weighing nearly 20 kilograms, which makes it rather difficult for the troop to maintain the normal poise, being in the risk of side and back rollovers. Therefore preparations have to be made very carefully,” said Li Binghua, trainer of the special force.

Chinese, Thai Marine Corps Start Joint Onshore Military Drill

May 28, 2016

  • Chinese participants in the “Blue Strike 2016” joint training between Chinese and Thai marine corps began to move toward a training site on Friday, marking the start of an onshore training stage. During the military drill, the Chinese naval vessel “Changbaishan” joined the Thai amphibious warship HTMS Angthong in carrying out humanitarian aid and trained in such subjects as vessel communication, ship-based helicopter landing and taking off as well as amphibious attacks. It was learned that onshore training stage of the joint military drill will end by June 7 and the two sides will have more joint training on the subjects like anti-terrorist in urban area, reconnaissance, explosive removal, first-aid in battlefield and tactical shooting and some comprehensive live ammunition training.

Chinese Navy logistics base in Djibouti will drive other investment, says adviser

30 May, 2016

  • The construction of a logistics base for the Chinese navy on the Horn of Africa is expected to prompt more Chinese investment in Djibouti, a government adviser said on Monday. “We see benefits behind it [the base construction] for Djibouti and its people. This will also bring us more investors and companies from China,” Samir Aden Cheikh, an adviser to the country’s minister of finance and industry, said on the sidelines of an event hosted by the Finance Centre for South-South Cooperation in Beijing.

30,000 Chinese soldiers have served in 16 African missions

May 29, 2016

  • Sunday marks the International Day of U.N. Peacekeepers. And this year’s theme is “Honouring Our Heroes”. China has taken part in operations since the 1990s. As the security situation worsens in war-torn areas around the globe, Beijing has offered to send even more peacekeepers.

Chinese peacekeepers shift guard in Lebanon

May 28, 2016

  • China’s 14th peacekeepers have ended their mission in Lebanon. Meanwhile, the 15th peacekeepers arrived at Lebanon on Thursday and will continue China’s mission there.

New satellite imagery shows Chinese drone on contested island

May 26, 2016

  • New satellite imagery obtained by Fox News shows that China, for the first time, has deployed a drone with stealth technology to a contested island in the South China Sea, in another sign of escalating tensions in the region. The newly obtained satellite images from ImageSat International (ISI) show a Chinese Harbin BZK-005 long range reconnaissance drone on Woody Island in the South China Sea. The drone can remain airborne for up to 40 hours.

China reportedly will send nuclear-armed submarines to patrol Pacific

May 26, 2016

  • The Chinese military reportedly is planning to send submarines armed with nuclear weapons to patrol the Pacific Ocean for the first time amid territorial disputes over islands in the region.

China plans base station for rescue operations in South China Sea

May 23, 2016

  • A Chinese government bureau is planning a base station for an advanced rescue ship in the disputed Spratly Islands, state media reported on Monday, as China continues its push to develop civilian and military infrastructure in the contentious region. The ship, which would carry drones and underwater robots, is set to be deployed in the second half of the year, said Chen Xingguang, political commissar of the ship, which is under the South China Sea Rescue Bureau of the Ministry of Transport, according to the official China Daily.

China’s New Carrier Gets A Ski Ramp

May 20, 2016

  • China’s first domestically built carrier, “Type 001A”, is making brisk progress in its Dalian drydock. Tracing its design to the Soviet Admiral Kuznetsov class of aircraft carriers, the Type 001A will displace around 60,000-70,000 tons, is powered by steam turbines, and will carry between 30 and 40 helicopters and J-15 fighter jets. Type 001A first began construction in late 2014, and is expected to be launched in 2017, with commissioning in 2019-2020 timeframe. Since the beginning of the year, many modules have been assembled, including the below-deck hangar bay, openings for aircraft elevators, and in new photos, the ship’s ski jump soon to be welded to the carrier’s front.

Chinese Intercept U.S. Military Spy Plane Over South China Sea

May 19 2016

  • Two Chinese military aircraft intercepted a U.S. military reconnaissance plane over the South China Sea Tuesday. Defense Department spokeswoman Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza said that the U.S. maritime patrol reconnaissance aircraft was flying in a “routine patrol” in international airspace on May 17 when “two tactical aircraft from the People’s Republic of China” intercepted the U.S. plane.

Precision strike role seen for superfast hypersonic glider


  • China’s hypersonic glider will probably be used to infiltrate enemies’ missile defenses and conduct precision strikes against inland targets, according to a defense industry magazine. The glider is widely known by foreign observers as the Wu-14 or DF-ZF. In the latest issue of Modern Ships, a cover story discusses the design, technological level, operational restrictions and development difficulties of the next-generation strike platform. The story is titled “China’s Wu-14 will not be a carrier killer, it has another important mission”. Zhang Chuanhua, the author, from the Research Institute of Modern National Defense and Security in Beijing, wrote, “Through meticulous analysis, we concluded that the Wu-14 is not suitable for anti-carrier operations, and its real function will be much more important than hitting an aircraft carrier.”

The U.S. Military’s Greatest Fear: Russia and China are Catching Up Fast

May 17, 2016

  • The United States has fallen behind potential adversaries in certain key technological areas such as integrated battle networks according to senior U.S. Navy officials. Indeed, as one U.S. Navy admiral told an audience at the Navy League’s Sea, Air and Space symposium that the term “near-peer” is a misnomer—in some cases the Russian and Chinese have the advantage over American forces. “Our near-peer competitors are no longer near peers,” said Rear Adm. Mike Darrah, Naval Air Systems Command’s program executive officer for unmanned systems and strike weapons. “In some cases, they have gone beyond us.”

New Naval Hegemon? What is Behind China’s ‘Undersea Great Wall’ Project


  • China is preparing to build a cutting-edge ‘undersea Great Wall,’ Professor Lyle J. Goldstein writes, describing how Beijing may deprive Washington of its naval superiority in the Asia Pacific region. Goldstein admits that the article “does not rely on the military rationale alone”: the Chinese article explained that such a system would provide “advanced warning of natural disasters, such as typhoons, earthquakes and tsunamis.”

Chinese Airpower Poses Serious Threat

May 17, 2016

  • China’s stealth fighter programs recieved high marks in the Pentagon’s latest annual report to the U.S. Congress on the country’s military and security progress, released last week. The J-20 has advanced, with a fifth and sixth prototype now in flight test. Meanwhile, the country’s other stealth warplane is being marketed for export, as the FC-31. The PLAAF “is rapidly closing the gap with western air forces across a broad spectrum of capabilities,” the report assesses. These include command-and-control, electronic warfare and datalinks. The J-10B, the latest version of the indigenous fighter that was unveiled in 2007, is expected to enter service shortly. Four J-11Bs (the Chinese-produced Su-27) have been deployed to one of the islands in the South China Sea that China has been expanding by land reclamation. An indigenous version of the Russian Kh-31P anti-radiation missile is being fielded on Chinese fighter-bombers.

China, Thailand set to hold joint military exercises

May 13, 2016

  • China and Thailand will hold joint exercises beginning this month, China’s Ministry of Defence said on Friday, in another sign of improving relations since the Thai military seized power in 2014. Thailand’s military has sought to counterbalance traditionally close ties with the United States by engaging more with China since the May 2014 coup that the United States and other Western countries objected to.

Report: China has reclaimed 3,200 acres in South China Sea

May. 13, 2016

  • China has reclaimed more than 3,200 acres of land in the southeastern South China Sea. But the country’s focus has shifted to developing and weaponizing those man-made islands so it will have greater control over the maritime region without resorting to armed conflict, according to a new Pentagon report. In its most detailed assessment to date of China’s island-building program, the Defense Department said three of the land features in the Spratly Islands now have nearly 10,000-foot runways and large ports in various stages of construction.

‘More PLA drills mean more military jet crashes’ as China ramps up combat readiness

13 May, 2016

  • The crash of a fighter jet in eastern China on Wednesday will almost certainly be followed by similar accidents as the ­People’s Liberation Army ramps up training to improve combat readiness, military analysts said.

China, US generals to work out mechanism for South China Sea

May. 13, 2016

  • Seeking to calm escalating tensions in the South China Sea, top generals from China and the U.S. spoke by phone and said they were ready to work out an effective mechanism to prevent confrontation and maintain stability in the region.

Chinese ballistic missiles dubbed ‘Guam Killer’ pose increasing threat to U.S. island, report says

May 11 2016

  • The report, first reported on by the Washington Free Beacon and published by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, focuses on the threat posed by the recent introduction of new Chinese ballistic and cruise missiles and China’s ongoing efforts to refine technology that would allow their weapons to accurately hit U.S. assets on Guam and other surrounding islands. Of particular concern, according to the report, is the DF-26 intermediate-range ballistic missile. With a supposed range of 2,500 miles, the missile has been dubbed the “Guam Killer” or “Guam Express,” because of its ability to hit the U.S. island after being launched from mainland China.

Moscow Slams US Concerns About Russian, Chinese Military Space Activities


  • Ulyanov noted that the United States itself has been blocking a 2008 proposal by Russia and China on preventing the deployment of weapons in outer space, which would “effectively solve the problem of anti-satellite weapons.” “The Russian-Chinese proposal has gained broad support on the international arena, but its practical implementation is categorically blocked by the United States,” he said.

The Real Chinese ‘Dragon’: Exposing the Power of China’s Deadly Air Force

May 9, 2016

  • The U.S. Air Force’s technological air power superiority over China is rapidly diminishing in light of rapid Chinese modernization of fighter jets, missiles, air-to-air weapons, cargo planes and stealth aircraft, according to analysts, Pentagon officials and a Congressional review released several years ago.

CHINA WATCH: The Pace of Chinese Naval Modernization is Getting Attention at the Pentagon


  • Ongoing U.S.-China tensions in the South China Sea regarding Chinese artificial island-building are leading many at the Pentagon to sharpen their focus upon the rapid pace of Chinese Naval modernization and expansion. While Chinese naval technology may still be substantially behind current U.S. platforms, the equation could change dramatically over the next several decades because the Chinese are reportedly working on a handful of high-tech next-generation ships, weapons and naval systems. China has plans to grow its navy to 351 ships by 2020 as the Chinese continue to develop their military’s ability to strike global targets, according to a recent Congressional report.

8th Int’l Annual Warrior Competition ends in Jordan

May 6, 2016

  • A total of 27 teams of Special Forces from 12 countries had participated in this year’s four-day competition, which was held at the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center (KASOTC). Chinese armed police from the Snow Leopard Commando Unit, a major anti-terrorism wing of the People’s Armed Police, got three first places and three second places in different competition items, and another Chinese squad got two second places.

Chinese envoy to visit Djibouti, site of nation’s first overseas base

09 May, 2016

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping is sending a special envoy to visit the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti, where China is establishing a naval logistics centre that is widely seen as the first overseas base for its increasingly powerful military. Yan Junqi, the deputy head of the National People’s Congress, would this week attend the inauguration of Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh followed by that of President Yoweri Museveni in nearby Uganda, Xinhua reported on Saturday.

China’s military deploys 1st discipline inspectors


  • The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is preparing to send discipline inspectors to its departments and local theater commands. The 10 teams are composed of staff from the discipline inspection commission of the Central Military Commission (CMC). They underwent training on Tuesday and Wednesday in Beijing.

China completes building mother ship for new submersible


  • The mother ship for a new deep-sea submersible was delivered to its owner, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), on Thursday in southern Chinese city of Guangzhou. The 94-meter “Tansuo-1” has a full-load displacement of 6,250 tonnes, said Yang Ning, head of the technical division of the CAS Institute for Deep-sea Science and Engineering. Tansuo-1 has an range of 10,000 nautical miles. It is equipped with 10 permanent research labs and two removable labs.

Music, video games new weapons for China’s military recruiters


  • Recruitment songs, video games and films are among the Chinese military’s new efforts to attract qualified young recruits, according to a plan about conscription published Thursday. The plan, issued by the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the departments of political work and defense mobilization under the Central Military Commission, said the campaign will be promoted until the end of September to target educated graduates and university students.

China to carry out more military drills in South China Sea

May 4, 2016

  • China’s military will carry out more military exercises in the South China Sea this month involving advanced warships and submarines, state news agency Xinhua said on Wednesday, terming the drills routine.

For Sale: The Next Generation of Chinese War Robots

April 28, 2016

  • Poly Technologies, a subsidiary of China Poly Group Corporation, is selling a high speed trimaran unmanned surface vessel (USV), the High Speed Intercept Boat, to Southeast Asian coast guards and navies. The unnamed boat is 13 meters long, 4 meters across and has a draft of 60 centimeters, its twin 850 hp engines propel it to a top speed of 80 knots at a range of 200 nautical miles, can set its own course and chase targets, and comes with an advanced electro-optical camera and high bandwidth datalinks. Program manager Zhu Yingzi mentioned that a HSIB prototype is already undergoing testing in the PLAN, performing missions that include base patrol. The HSIB has an armament option of two 7.62mm light machine guns, or one heavy 12.7mm machine gun turret (the HSIB) is big enough to also carry small guided missiles). The PLAN’s official interest in USV shows that future Chinese robot boats would likely include USV swarming enemy forces and working with other unmanned and manned platforms in the littoral environment (as shown in Chinese defense contractor materials), anti-submarine warfare, minehunting and reconnaissance missions. And China is quite happy to sell its future USVs to make friends and influence people in Asia.

To Thwart U.S. Lasers, China Wants Smokescreens

May 2, 2016

  • According to this article, China’s PLA is now working to thwart enemy lasers by creating smoke screens over its own combat forces. These would not only obstruct weaponized lasers, but also laser designators that guide other weapons, such as the Paveway family of laser-guided bombs. The PLA is experimenting with creating smoke in two ways: creating sulfur trioxide smoke through burning materials (spraying oil on a hot diesel engine is one way to do it) or creating an oily fog. The PLA Chemical Corps plans to use a new multiple canister launcher (pictured) to rapidly lay down protective smoke screens for nearby friendly forces.

Beijing’s ‘Fishing Militia’ Moonlight as Maritime Cops in South China Sea


  • The training of China’s “increasingly sophisticated fishing militia” for sailing the waters of the South China Sea is in full swing in the tiny port town of Baimajing on Hainan Island, according to Reuters. Local government officials said that the training includes exercises at sea and requests that fishermen obtain information related to foreign vessels.

Experts warn weapons gap is shrinking between US, Russia and China


  • Competitors like Russia and China are closing the advanced weapons gap with the United States, aiming to push the U.S. out of areas on their front doorstep. “Since the end of the Cold War, the U.S. military has never really had to fight an enemy that had its own arsenal of precision-guided weapons,” said Mark Gunzinger, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. Experts say Russia and China are improving their ballistic and cruise missile technologies and hoping to create what they call “anti-access area-denial bubbles” where they can threaten U.S. air and ground operations. ”You’ve seen some advanced air-to-air technologies that the Chinese and Russians are developing, not just in stealth technology, but in terms of the advanced aerodynamics, advanced air-to-air radars, advanced air-to-air weapons, advanced air-to-ground weapons,” said Chris Harmer, senior naval analyst at the Institute for the Study of War.

China Refits Older Warships for a Bigger Punch

April 29, 2016

  • The Chinese Navy (PLAN) has been expanding its power with a series of new, more capable surface warships like the 052D guided missile destroyers (DDG) and 054A frigates, while preparing its Type 055 cruiser for a launch at decade’s end. but equally notable is how it is also spending big bucks to update its older warships to make them relevant in A2/AD operations.

Pentagon Warns of Conflict Over Chinese Buildup on Disputed Island

April 29, 2016

  • China’s plans to build up a disputed island near the Philippines could lead to a regional conflict, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Congress on Thursday. Carter was asked about the strategic significance of China’s plan to add military facilities to a disputed island known as Scarborough Shoal located about 120 miles—within missile range—of Subic Bay, Philippines, where U.S. warships will be based.

China Successfully Tests Hypersonic Missile

April 27, 2016

  • China successfully flight tested its new high-speed maneuvering warhead last week, days after Russia carried out its own hypersonic glider test, according to Pentagon officials. The test of the developmental DF-ZF hypersonic glide vehicle was monitored after launch Friday atop a ballistic missile fired from the Wuzhai missile launch center in central China, said officials familiar with reports of the test. It was the seventh successful flight test of the revolutionary glider, which travels at speeds between 4,000 and 7,000 miles per hour.

Chinese Navy in South China Sea Draws U.S. Admiral’s Praise

April 26, 2016

  • Around 125 nautical miles from the Malaysian coast in the South China Sea, Hitchcock, the newly-minted commander of the carrier strike group led by the USS John C. Stennis, says his ships have been engaged on almost a “twenty four-seven basis” with a “completely professional” People’s Liberation Army Navy.

Beijing ‘To Reclaim Land’ On Another Reef In Disputed South China Sea, Could Build Runway: Chinese Naval Source


  • China will start land reclamation on another reef in disputed waters it claims are its territory in the South China Sea later this year, according to a Chinese naval source quoted by Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post. And in comments likely to add to already high tension in the contested region, the source also reportedly said China might build an airstrip on the reef once reclamation is complete. Beijing had previously said that it had stopped reclaiming land in the Spratlys last year. But the South China Morning Post Monday quoted a “source close to the PLA Navy” as saying China “will take action to carry out land reclamation at Huangyan Island within this year.” The island, known in English as Scarborough Shoal, lies some 143 miles off the coast of the Philippines.

China’s President, Xi Jinping, Gains a New Title: Commander in Chief

APRIL 21, 2016

  • A camouflage-clad President Xi Jinping appeared on Wednesday at the joint battle command center of China’s Central Military Commission, where he urged officers to build a command system that was “capable of winning wars,” according to state news reports. Mr. Xi, who is general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, is also chairman of the Central Military Commission, which runs the country’s armed forces. After his visit on Wednesday, a new title was unveiled in the state and party news media: commander in chief of the joint battle command center.

China Flight Tests New Multiple-Warhead Missile

April 19, 2016

  • China conducted another flight test of its newest and longest-range intercontinental ballistic missile last week amid growing tensions with the United States over the South China Sea. Pentagon officials told the Free Beacon the flight test of the new road-mobile DF-41 missile took place Tuesday with two multiple, independently targetable reentry vehicles, or MIRVs, that were monitored in flight by U.S. military satellites and other regional sensors.

China Lands First Military Plane on Disputed Reef: State Media

Apr 18, 2016

  • Beijing landed a military plane on a disputed South China Sea reef it has built up into an artificial island, state media said Monday, in the first official confirmation of such a flight. An air force plane landed on Fiery Cross reef in the Spratlys archipelago on Sunday to evacuate sick workers, the official People’s Liberation Army Daily said.

China launches upgraded drills for South China Sea fleets

Apr 17, 2016

  • China’s South China Sea fleets have conducted training drills with upgraded methods that resemble actual combat conditions to increase the fleets’ combat effectiveness, according to an article published by the PLA Daily on Sunday. Begun on April 7, the drills include new methods such as training within an electromagnetic environment. Previously, the fleets have also conducted all-weather drills, beyond visibility range training and low-altitude, high-speed exercises to hammer their pilots into shape, the article said.

Race for Latest Class of Nuclear Arms Threatens to Revive Cold War

APRIL 16, 2016

  • The United States, Russia and China are now aggressively pursuing a new generation of smaller, less destructive nuclear weapons. The buildups threaten to revive a Cold War-era arms race and unsettle the balance of destructive force among nations that has kept the nuclear peace for more than a half-century.

Defense official: China deploys 16 fighter jets to disputed South China Sea island

April 13, 2016

  • The Chinese have now deployed the largest number of fighter jets ever to Woody Island, one of the disputed South China Sea islands that they claim is their territory, a U.S. defense official said Wednesday. China moved 16 Shenyang J-11 advanced fighter aircraft to Woody Island on April 7, said the defense official, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the issue publicly. He said such a large deployment was “unprecedented,” though it’s not the first time China has sent fighter jets to Woody Island, the largest landmass in the Paracel Islands, which are situated in the hotly disputed South China Sea region.

How China Upstaged U.S. With a ‘Great Wall of Sand’

April 12, 2016

  • Under the noses of the U.S. Seventh Fleet, this Chinese vessel led a civilian armada that built almost 3,000 acres of land atop submerged reefs in the Spratly Islands, altering a strategic balance that has held since the great naval battles of World War II established U.S. primacy in the western Pacific. The seven Spratly outcrops on which it has built runways, docks, radar and other facilities give China the ability to project new military force in its contest with America for regional mastery. Possession, after all, is nine-tenths of the law. And China’s island-building may not have ended. The Pentagon fears that Chinese dredgers might be planning a fresh round of construction on Scarborough Shoal that it effectively seized from the Philippines in 2012, which would give the People’s Liberation Army a jumping-off point just 140 miles from Manila. It’s bracing, too, for China to declare an Air Defense Identification Zone over the entire South China Sea, which China could enforce from its artificial islands. China has pledged to ignore the tribunal’s findings.

China Grows Its External Military Might With Peacekeeping Operations


  • Recent changes in Chinese law, together with a large participation in peacekeeping operations could mean that China is honing its military for use abroad. Over 2,200 Chinese military and police took part in United Nations peacekeeping missions in 2015, becoming one of the largest sources of peacekeepers. According to Kashin, this could mean greater future power projection abroad.

Construction of Zhubi Lighthouse in South China Sea completed


  • China’s Ministry of Transport on Tuesday held a completion ceremony for the construction of a lighthouse on Zhubi Reef, marking the start of its operation. Construction of the Zhubi Lighthouse was initiated in October 2015. The 55-meter-high lighthouse, with a lantern of 4.5 meters in diameter on the top and rotating lights inside, is monitored through a Beidou remote control terminal.

Xi says China will defend its South China Sea sovereignty

Mar 31, 2016

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday that China is resolute in defending its sovereignty in the South China Sea, and believes the disputes should be settled peacefully by relevant claimants through direct talks, Xinhua said.

China’s Military Wants to Put Its Nukes on a Hair Trigger

March 31, 2016

  • China’s previous political leaders believed prudence demanded they wait and ride out a nuclear attack—should it come—before retaliating later at a time and place of their choosing. Their strategic patience was celebrated, at home and abroad, as a responsible expression of confidence that would discourage any enemy, including the United States, from attacking China with nuclear weapons in the first place.

China’s top new long-range missile ‘may be deployed this year’, putting US in striking distance

29 March, 2016

  • The DF-41, which was described by Washington as the world’s longest-range missile, has entered its final test phase, according to Canada-based Kanwa Asian Defence. With an operational range of up to 14,500km, the DF-41 would first be deployed to the advanced brigade of the People’s Liberation Army’s new Rocket Force based in Xinyang in Henan province, the report said.

How the world’s largest military stacks up to the US armed forces

Mar. 30, 2016

  • A recent report from the US Congressional Research Service outlines China’s 2.3 million-member armed forces and sheds light on misconceptions from Western military analysts. Simply put, the report challenges the idea that Westerners can understand China’s military and foreign-policy decisions without first understanding Chinese philosophy and culture of warfare.

Logistics: China Keeps Catching Up

March 27, 2016

  • In early 2016 the Chinese Navy put its first self-propelled floating dry dock (Huachuan No. 1) into service. Huachuan enables ships of up to 20,000 tons to obtain relatively simple repairs (usually to the hull) that require the use of a dry dock without travelling back to port. These floating dry docks were very popular during World War II in the Pacific and the U.S. Navy had over a dozen of them. These were mostly towed, not self-propelled. The U.S. Navy retired the last of these (which mostly handled nuclear sub repairs) in 2001.

New Kid on the Block: China Set to Globally Build Up its Arms Exports


  • China is the world’s largest arms exporter, after the US and Russia. At the same, Chinese arms producers are still in pursuit of their niche in the global market.

China Deploys YJ-62 Subsonic Anti-Ship Cruise Missile To South China Sea’s Woody Island


  • China has deployed a subsonic anti-ship cruise missile in South China Sea’s Woody Island amid heightened tensions in the disputed region, a report said earlier this week, citing recent imagery. Woody Island is a part of the Paracel Islands, and is largely controlled by China, but Taiwan and Vietnam have also laid claims on the islet. The deployed Chinese anti-ship cruise missile YJ-62 has the capability to target any vessel within nearly 249 miles of the Woody Island. The image of launching YJ-62 was posted last Sunday on Chinese microblogging website Weibo, and it is consistent with photos copied from one of the many monthly Chinese military magazines that appear on Chinese military issue web pages, IHS Jane’s 360, a British publishing company that keeps records on military equipment, reported. The YJ-62 launch picture showed a radar dome, indicating that it is on Woody Island, the report added.

What the Next Arms Race Will Look Like

March 21, 2016

  • The United States and China will likely incorporate the first operational long-range hypersonic missiles into their arsenals by 2025, with Russia lagging a few years behind.

‘Mysterious Behemoth’: Details of China’s Newest Battleship Revealed


  • China’s newest battleship, currently known as the Type 055 guided missile destroyer, has been shrouded in mystery, but the Shipborne Weapons magazine has recently offered details of what has been dubbed as Asia’s largest warship.

Marines: China Quietly Expands

March 17, 2016

  • In January 2016 China put three more Type 72A LSTs (landing ship, tank) into service and there appear to be more under construction. At least 18 Type 72As have been identified and it is unclear how many China will eventually have but they are obviously intent on having a lot of them.. The Type 72A is a 5,000 ton ship that can carry 500 tons of cargo, five medium tanks or eight troops. There is also space for 250 infantry. The crew of 104 operates the ship along with one twin 37mm anti-aircraft gun, twin diesel engines and all the machinery necessary to operate the equipment needed to get cargo on and off the ship (via dock, smaller landing craft or onto a beach). There is also a helicopter landing pad but no hanger. Top speed is 37 kilometers an hour although while cruising speed it is 25 kilometers an hour. Range on internal fuel, at cruising speed is 5,400 kilometers. Max endurance at sea is about two weeks.

China, Russia Planning Space Attacks on U.S. Satellites

March 16, 2016

  • China and Russia are preparing to attack and disrupt critical U.S. military and intelligence satellites in a future conflict with crippling space missile, maneuvering satellite, and laser attacks, senior Pentagon and intelligence officials told Congress on Tuesday. Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of the Air Force Space Command, said the threat to U.S. space systems has reached a new tipping point, and after years of post-Cold War stagnation foreign states are focused on curbing U.S. space systems.

General says Army at high risk in war against China, Russia

March 16, 2016

  • The Army’s top general says military forces on the ground face a high level of risk if the United States gets into a large-scale conflict against a power such as Russia or China.

Meet China’s new spy plane (with an Austrian body)

March 14, 2016

  • The CSA-003 is China’s newest Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) aircraft. Built by the China Electronic Technology Corporation’s Avionics division, the CSA-003 is a family of special mission aircraft that include maritime patrol and oil spill response. Built by CETCS off of an Austrian designed Diamond DA42 utility plane, the CSA-003 is a twin turboprop engined, 1.7 ton plane with heavy composite usage in its fuselage. The website states that the CSSA-003’s crew consists of 1-2 pilots and 1 sensor operator. The sensor payload, carried in a pod under the fuselage, consists of a modern, digital ELINT and signals processing suite that can detect, track and analyze enemy electronic activities, such as communications, weapons guidance and radars.

Naval Air: China Reveals More About Their New Carrier

March 15, 2016

  • In March 2016 China revealed more details about their new aircraft carrier, whose existence was only made official at the end of 2015. The new carrier will indeed be a new design but it will also be based on the first Chinese carrier, the Liaoning. This is a 65,000 ton, 305 meter (999 feet) long ship that is actually a modified version of the last Cold War Russian carrier design. China also confirmed that the new carrier would also have the ski jump deck like Liaoning. The navy revealed that the new carrier would be “more than 50,000 tons” and incorporate new design features that would enable it to carry more aircraft (mainly the J-15) in a larger hanger deck (just below the flight deck) as well as more fuel and aircraft weapons. The new carrier will be non-nuclear and apparently at least the same size as the Liaoning but incorporate design features that will make it more capable of surviving combat damage as well as operating more efficiently and effectively as a carrier. In addition to the Chinese built J-15 fighter the new carrier will also have some early-warning radar aircraft as well as some anti-submarine aircraft as well as some helicopters. China still won’t reveal how many carriers is plans to eventually build. Apparently they are going to wait and see how the design of the second carrier works, make necessary modifications and then build another two to five. Since carriers spend a lot of time in port getting upgrades and maintenance you need three or more in order to guarantee having at least two available at all times for operations.

China to start civilian flights from disputed South China Sea island

Mar 11, 2016

  • China will begin civilian flights to and from a disputed South China Sea island within a year, state media reported on Friday, as the government expands infrastructure on islands and reefs also claimed by other countries in the region.

China to create its own DARPA

Mar. 11, 2016

  • Heeding Chinese President Xi Jinping’s calls for his country to get serious about innovation to buoy its faltering economy, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is bringing military R&D back under its oversight and launching a new agency modeled after the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), ScienceInsider has learned.

China able to project ‘substantial offensive power’ from Spratlys in months: U.S.

Mar 11, 2016

  • China will be able to project “substantial offensive military power” from artificial islands it has built in the South China Sea’s disputed Spratly Islands within months, the director of U.S. national intelligence said.

South China Sea Buildup Brings Beijing Closer to Realizing Control

MARCH 8, 2016

  • When the aircraft carrier John C. Stennis and four other American warships sailed into the South China Sea last week for what were described as routine exercises, the message was clear: The United States is the dominant military power in the region and plans to keep it that way. But numerous Chinese naval ships were operating nearby, the United States Navy said, noticeably more than in past years. A Chinese officer told the state-run news media that the ships were there to “monitor, identify, follow and expel” foreign vessels and aircraft, depending on how close they came “to our islands.”

China hints more bases on way after Djibouti

March 8, 2016

  • China hinted on Tuesday that it was planning more global bases following the setting up of its logistics centre in Djibouti, what the Horn of African country’s government calls a military facility that will be China’s first overseas. China plans to use it to support is anti-piracy operations in the waters off the strife-torn nations of Somalia and Yemen. Beijing has been keen not to call it a military base, but state media increasingly uses this language to refer to it.

Document: DNI Clapper Assessment of Chinese Militarization, Reclamation in South China Sea

March 8, 2016

  • We judge that China has the capability to provide basic self-defense at its Spratly Islands outposts. PLAN surface combatants have pulled into the three largest outposts: Fiery Cross, Mischief, and Subi Reefs. Several Chinese civil aircraft landed on Fiery Cross Reef in early January 2016. Based on this, we judge that the airfield on Fiery Cross reef is operational and can accommodate all Chinese military aircraft. China has installed military radars, most likely air-surveillance/early warning radars, at Cuarteron and Fiery Cross Reefs and a beacon for aircraft direction at Fiery Cross.

China expanding land area of another South China Sea islet


  • China is carrying out a landfill project to increase the size of Qilianyu in the Paracel (Xisha) Islands and then build a bridge linking it to the PRC-occupied Woody (Yongxing) Island, a Hong Kong media reported Monday. The Qilianyu sub-group of the Paracels is composed of North Island, Middle Island, South Island, North Sand, Middle Sand, South Sand and Zhaoshu Island.

Stennis Strike Group Wraps Up Routine Operations in the South China Sea


  • Additionally, People’s Liberation Army (Navy) ships remained in the vicinity of Stennis during its time in the South China Sea. All bridge-to-bridge interactions between the Sailors of both navies were professional.

Second, larger aircraft carrier to get J-15 jets


  • China’s second aircraft carrier will be larger and will be equipped with J-15 fighter jets, a rear admiral and a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference said. The new aircraft carrier will be larger than aircraft carrier Liaoning, though it will still carry the J-15, China’s first-generation multipurpose carrier-borne fighter jet, Yin Zhuo – also a senior researcher with the People’s Liberation Army Navy Equipment Research Center – was quoted by news site as saying Sunday.

How China is transforming its military, especially in the air and at sea

Mar 5, 2016

  • “A lot of countries do military reforms, but they are rarely as tectonic as what we are seeing in China,” said Dean Cheng, a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington who specializes in military capabilities. “Any single one of these elements constitutes a bureaucratic overhaul of the first order.” While the land forces still account for about 73 percent of total troop strength, China is shifting resources to the navy and air force.

China to raise 2016 defense budget by 7-8 pct: spokesperson


  • Fu Ying, spokesperson for the National People’s Congress annual session, said military spending is budgeted to grow by around 7 to 8 percent in 2016. The exact figure will be released in a budget report to the session, Fu told a press conference. China’s defense budget rose by 10.1 percent last year. A growth rate within the range that Fu mentioned might be the lowest for years since 2010, when the figure stood at 7.5 percent.

US general: China’s airpower will overtake the US Air Force by 2030

Mar. 3, 2016

  • In a stark assessment, the US Air Force chief-of-staff warned that China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) will be poised to overtake the US Air Force by 2030. On March 2, General Mark Welsh told the House Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee that currently it is estimated that the US has a “couple thousand more aircraft” than China, The National Interest reports.

China plans aircraft carrier battlegroups to protect offshore interests

03 March, 2016

  • China is building aircraft carrier battlegroups and plans to deploy them not only in the disputed East and South China seas, but also to protect the country’s overseas ­interests. Rear Admiral Yin Zhuo, who served as a national political adviser and sits on the navy’s advisory board on cybersecurity, told the state-run Xinhua News Agency that building aircraft carriers served to “defend China’s sovereignty of the islands and reefs, maritime rights and overseas ­interests”.

The Next Arms Race for the US, China and Russia: Hypersonic Weapons

March 2, 2016

  • Hypersonic weapons are like missiles, but they’re capable of reaching speeds of 3,600 miles per hour or more. They promise to “revolutionize military affairs in the same fashion that stealth did a generation ago and the turbojet engine did a generation before,” argues a study released Tuesday by the Air Force Association’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. China and Russia are already investing in the technology, the report notes. Beijing has conducted at least five tests of its Wu-14 hypersonic strike vehicle in the last two years. That platform consists of launching a rocket to the upper atmosphere, then releasing a glider that reaches hypersonic speeds upon descent.

Two-thirds of African countries now using Chinese military equipment, report reveals

1 March 2016

  • China’s military equipment is now being used by more than two-thirds of African countries, a report into the military capabilities of powers around the world has revealed. According to the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies, in their new report the Military Balance, China has been making significant inroads into the African defence market, “reflecting the broader growth in Beijing’s influence and investment in the continent”. Using an analysis of the exports into 51 countries on the continent the IISS determined that 68 per cent of them currently use Chinese military equipment.

China’s Y-20 to be put into military use in 2016, experts say

February 29, 2016

  • According to Xu Yongling, a military expert, the test flight period for large aircraft is generally between three and five years. Since there have been no bottlenecks during development or manufacturing, the Y-20 will be put into use this year.

China navy launches first self-propelled floating dock

Feb 29, 2016

  • China’s navy has launched its first self-propelled floating dock, giving it the ability to repair warships far from the coast, the official People’s Liberation Army Daily said on Tuesday, Beijing’s latest move to modernize its navy. The newspaper said the dock, the Huachuan No. 1, would enable the navy to return damaged ships to fighting capability “in very rapid time” and was designed to be sent into combat zones.

China Arms Exports Double as Regional Tensions Mount

February 29, 2016

  • A research group says China’s arms exports have almost doubled in five years as the country has moved to become a major player in the global industry. Chinese exports of major arms grew by 88 percent between 2011 and 2015, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

China’s military is prepared ‘to defend sovereignty’ in South China Sea: military chief

28 February, 2016

  • China is capable of fighting to defend its sovereignty in the South China Sea, a Chinese military chief has said amid rising tensions in the region. In his first public remarks as commanding officer of the newly-established Southern Theatre Command of the People’s Liberation Army, General Wang Jiaocheng saidthe army would be highly vigilant towards any possible security threat in the disputed waters, People’s Daily reported yesterday. “The military will be capable of dealing with any security threat. No country will be allowed to use any excuse or action to threaten China’s sovereignty and safety,” Wang said.

China’s ‘Informationised Warfare’: Impact On The Region – Analysis

February 27, 2016

  • China’s People Liberation Army (PLA) has been undergoing profound transformation since at least the turn of the century. These changes have permeated every facet of the PLA – technological, organisational, and doctrinal. The ongoing reorganisation of the PLA – including the putative reorganisation of its military regions; the creation of joint commands; the strengthening of top-down leadership by the Central Military Commission (CMC); and the establishment of a national Rocket Force – underline the Chinese leadership’s commitment to establishing a modern military system with Chinese characteristics.

China to secure ‘de facto’ control of S. China Sea: US admiral

February 25, 2016

  • China is on its way to securing “de facto” control of the South China Sea, a top US admiral warned Thursday, amid growing unease over Beijing’s continued military build up in the contested waterway. By building air bases and hardened bunkers on tiny islands, some of which are reclaimed from the sea, and by installing sophisticated radar and missile defense systems, China has shown it is determined to achieve military primacy in the region, Admiral Harry Harris said.

The US is worried it can’t keep up with China and Russia’s submarine fleets

Feb. 25, 2016

  • The US is worried that it’s submarine fleet is falling behind China and Russia’s as both countries aggressively push to expand and modernize their navies. Admiral Harry Harris told the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday that US Pacific Command “suffers shortage of submarines today, my requirements are not being met.” Harris directly linked this threat to the rising submarine powers of Russia and China.

China says starts construction of Djibouti military base

Feb 25, 2016

  • China has begun construction of a logistics base in Djibouti, the Ministry of Defence said on Thursday, what the Horn of African country’s government calls a military facility that will be China’s first overseas. Last year, China said it was in talks to build what it describes as naval “support facilities” in the Horn of Africa nation, which has fewer than a million people but is striving to become an international shipping hub.

The US Navy’s real China challenge: An anti-access ‘swarm’ strike

February 25, 2016

  • The United States Navy seems under siege from all sides when it comes to its inability to project power in Asia — thanks largely to the People’s Republic of China’s investment in various anti-ship weapons platforms. Considering the challenge presented by China today, while not even factoring in the daunting nature of future threats that seem just over the horizon, US naval planners seem to have their work cut out for them.

China deploys fighter jets to disputed South China Sea Island: US officials

23 Feb 2016

  • China has sent fighter jets to a disputed island in the South China Sea, where it deployed surface-to-air missiles earlier this month, U.S. government sources told Reuters on Tuesday. One U.S. official, however, noted that China regularly sent jets to Woody Island, part of the Paracel archipelago controlled by Beijing. The deployment was first reported by Fox News.

China’s 25th Type 056 Corvette (Jiangdao class) Tongren Commissioned in PLAN South Sea Fleet

23 February 2016

  • A commissioning, naming and flag-presenting ceremony of the new Tongren corvette (hull number 507) of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) was held solemnly at the Shantou Naval Base located between Taiwan and Hong Kong in Southern China. The event means that the warship is officially commissioned to the PLAN. Tongren is the twenty-fifth Type 056 Corvette (Jiangdao class).

Report: U.S. aircraft carriers’ ‘unchallenged primacy may be coming to a close’

February 22 2016

  • A report published Monday by the Center for a New American Security, a D.C.-based think tank that focuses on national security, claims that the Navy’s carrier operations are at an inflection point. Faced with growing threats abroad, the United States can either “operate its carriers at ever-increasing ranges … or assume high levels of risk in both blood and treasure.” The report highlights China’s capabilities because of its “emphasis on long-range anti-ship missile procurement.” This, coupled with its growing tech base, qualifies China as the “pacing threat” to the U.S. military.

Satellite images show China may be building powerful radar on disputed islands

February 22 2016

  • Satellite images show China may be building a powerful new radar system on a disputed island in the South China Sea, which could have worrisome military uses in monitoring — and potentially trying to control — a strategically vital waterway, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). “If it is an HF radar, then it would enormously boost China’s capacity to monitor ships and aircraft in the South China Sea,” Poling wrote by email. “Cuarteron is the logical place for such an installation because it is the southernmost of China’s features in the Spratlys, meaning that it would be the best place if you wanted early warning radar to give notice of ships or planes coming up from the Strait of Malacca and other areas to the south such as Singapore.

China weapons exports surge over past five years: report

Feb 21, 2016

  • China has almost doubled its weapons exports in the past five years, a military think tank said on Monday, as the world’s third-largest weapons exporter pours capital into developing an advanced arms manufacturing industry. In 2011 to 2015, China’s arms imports fell 25 percent compared with the previous five year period, signaling a growing confidence in the country’s homegrown weaponry despite key areas of weakness, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said in a report on global arms transfers.

Paracels build-up a pointer to China’s broader South China Sea ambitions

Feb 21, 2016

  • From listening posts to jet fighter deployments and now surface-to-air missiles, China’s expanding facilities in the Paracel Islands are a signal of long-term plans to strengthen its military reach across the disputed South China Sea. Crucially, that would give Beijing the reach to try to enforce any effective air defence zone in the South China Sea, similar to the zone it created over the East China Sea in late 2013.

China military says US F-22 stealth fighters detected

February 18, 2016

  • The Chinese military has claimed it was able to detect US F-22 stealth fighter jets, a media report said. Several fighters from East China Sea Fleet patrolled around the Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the East China Sea after receiving orders that unidentified tracking occurred near the ADIZ on the morning of February 10, the People’s Daily on Thursday quoted the PLA Daily as saying in a report.

Africa is a new frontier for China’s arms-makers

February 19, 2016

  • Chinese weapons are an increasingly common sight in Africa. From the buyer’s point of view, they come with several advantages: They are relatively cheap and come with few of the strings attached to the purchase of Western gear. For African governments facing tight defense budgets and chronic security threats, Chinese equipment has great appeal, particularly as it often comes as part of a broader package of trade and investment. Now things are changing. “We’re seeing China develop its more indigenous equipment and we’re now starting to see that being exported towards Africa,” said Joseph Dempsey, a research analyst with IISS, at the release of the think tank’s annual Military Balance report. About two-thirds of African countries use Chinese arms, IISS estimates, and the share is rising. Ten African nations have started buying equipment from China within the last 10 years, including Ghana, Sierra Leone, Angola and Nigeria.

China raises the red banner in the South China Sea: HQ-9 SAM at Woody Island

February 18, 2016

  • China is raising up an early February storm in Asia by deploying long-range HQ-9 surface to air missiles (SAM) to Woody Island in the disputed Paracel Island chain. The Paracel Island chain, claimed by China, Taiwan and Vietnam, is a small archipelago located roughly equidistant between Hainan Island and north-central Vietnam. Woody Island itself is home to 1,000 people, has an airport capable of accommodating J-10 and J-11 fighters, and is capital of the Sansha Prefecture, which covers Chinese claims in South China Sea (including overlapping Filipino, Malaysian Taiwanese and Vietnamese claims).

Artillery: The Long Reach Of China

February 18, 2016

  • Taiwan believes that since 2009 China has maintained a force of at least 1,400 ballistic missiles aimed at them. That’s up from 200 in 2000, 800 in 2004 and 1,300 in 2008. Most of these are Dong Feng DF-11 and DF-15 models. The DF11 (also known as the M11) has a range of 300 kilometers and carries a one ton warhead. The DF15 (M9) has a range of 600 kilometers and carries a half ton warhead. From the Chinese coast, to targets in Taiwan, it’s about 200-300 kilometers across the Taiwan Straits.

China’s military closing tech gap with America

February 17, 2016

  • China’s military is closing the technology gap with the United States, although the experience of America’s pilots still gives them an “unbelievably huge” edge, said the chief of the US Pacific Air Forces.

China sends surface-to-air missiles to contested island in provocative move

February 16, 2016

  • The Chinese military has deployed an advanced surface-to-air missile system to one of its contested islands in the South China Sea according to civilian satellite imagery exclusively obtained by Fox News, more evidence that China is increasingly “militarizing” its islands in the South China Sea and ramping up tensions in the region.

Look Out, America: China Wants Its Own Vertical Takeoff Jets

February 16, 2016

  • In this Dragon Eye series, the issue of Beijing’s concept of “air-sea battle” has been addressed, in particular focusing on an array of new missiles (e.g. YJ-12) and land-based strike aircraft (e.g. J-16) that are already filling out China’s arsenal. This column will examine two additional aircraft that may join China’s air forces sometime after 2020, but that could impact the overall naval strategic balance. These platforms are the J-18, a prospective Vertical and/or Short Takeoff and Landing (V/STOL) aircraft, as well as a tilt-rotor transport, notionally identified as the “Blue Whale” [蓝鲸].

China Reshapes Military Spending for S. China Sea


  • China will likely announce another large rise in defence spending next month, as the ruling Communist Party seeks to assuage the military’s unhappiness at sweeping reforms and as worries over the South China Sea and Taiwan weigh on Beijing.

U.S. Concerned by Non-Navy Chinese Boats in South China Sea

February 15, 2016

  • China’s increased reliance on non-naval ships to assert its claims in the South China Sea is complicating U.S. efforts to avoid a clash in the disputed waters, according to 7th Fleet commander Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin. While the U.S. and Chinese navies are working more closely under an agreed code for unplanned encounters at sea, the deployment of coast guard and other non-naval vessels in the area is “a concern of mine,” Aucoin told reporters on Monday in Singapore. He plans to take the USS Blue Ridge, the command ship of the 7th Fleet, to China later in the summer.

Female SWAT Members Remain on Guard at Spring Festival

February 15, 2016

  • Female SWAT police officers in Urumqi, northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, remain ready to take part in anti-terror drills all year round, even during the recent Spring Festival holiday. On February 13, hearing the dawn alarm call and order from platoon leader Xue Xiaojiao, the ever-vigilant officers began one of many such early starts scheduled over the past week. They rose from their beds immediately and gathered on the playground outside, awaiting further command.

Satellite Images: China Manufactures Land at New Sites in the Paracel Islands

February 13, 2016

  • Satellite images show dredging and land filling by China at two new sites in the South China Sea, both in the Amphitrite group of the Paracel Islands, approximately 15 kilometers north-northwest of China’s military base at Woody (Yongxing) Island. Also newly visible is a helicopter base under construction at Duncan Island, another site in the Paracels, suggesting that Beijing may develop a network of bases in the South China Sea to support anti-submarine warfare helicopters, such as its recently deployed ASW Z-18F.

China Promoting Latest FT-series Precision-guided Bombs to International Market

Feb 10, 2016

  • Aerospace Long-March International Trade Co. Ltd. (ALIT), an intermediary subsidiary of the China Aerospace Science & Technology Corporation (CASC), is now promoting the complete Fei Teng (FT) series of precision-guided bombs (PGBs) to the international market, following the release of the improved FT-3A, FT-6A and FT-7 variants earlier this year. According to the report, the FT-3 precision-guided bombs (PGBs) and the CALT/CASC FT-1 were developed by the CASC China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT) and were first exhibited at the Zhuhai Airshow in China in Nov. 2006.

China commissions Type 082 II-class MCMV

11 February 2016

  • China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has commissioned a new Type 082 II Wozang-class mine countermeasures vessel (MCMV). The ship entered service with the North Sea Fleet on 25 January at the Dalian naval base, North East China. Named Rongcheng (pennant number 811), the vessel is the fourth of the class; the lead ship was commissioned in July 2005. The first two are thought to be operated by the East Sea Fleet, with the third being part of the South Sea Fleet. The Type 082 II displaces around 600 tonnes, has a length of 55 m, and a beam of 9.3 m. A hydraulic crane is installed aft to deploy a variety of towed or tethered bodies, including a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) which has some resemblance to the Italian Pluto system. Equipped with cameras for identifying mines, the vehicle has four thrusters for accurate manoeuvring and appears to have the capability to lay explosive charges to destroy mines on the sea bed.

China adds warheads to older DF-5s

February 10, 2016

  • China’s military has begun retrofitting single-warhead DF-5 intercontinental ballistic missiles with multiple, independently targetable re-entry vehicles, according to U.S. defense officials. The upgrading of the DF-5 missiles with multiple warheads, known as MIRVs, was detected by U.S. intelligence agencies within the past several months.

West’s advantage in military tech ‘eroding’: think-tank

February 9, 2016

  • Western superiority in military technology is “eroding”, notably at the hands of China and Russia, a leading think-tank said Tuesday in its annual report on the state of militaries around the world. The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London said in its Military Balance report that increasingly easy access to technology by non-state groups means the world faces “an increasingly complex balance of military power”. It also highlighted that Russia and China are pushing to modernise their militaries and are “increasingly active in the development and deployment of advanced military capabilities”.

US intelligence chief worried over China’s military build-up

February 10, 2016

  • Expressing concern over China’s military build-up, the head of US intelligence said Chinese construction activities at its outposts in the disputed South China Sea will continue to spark regional tension. “China’s leaders are pursuing an active foreign policy while dealing with much slower economic growth. Chinese leaders have also embarked on the ambitious military reforms in China’s history,” James Clapper, director of national intelligence said in his testimony before Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday.

Xi Jinping Lays Down the Law for China’s Top Military News Outlet

February 10, 2016

  • During a visit to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Daily last year on Christmas Day, Chinese President and Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping laid down the law for China’s top military news outlet. His official speech was not immediately made public, but thanks to an article published last month in the Party’s Hongqi Wengao (Red Flag Manuscript), we now have a window into Xi’s thinking on media affairs. Among his directives: “The PLA Daily must continue to take ‘Party’ as its surname.” He explains that taking “Party” as a surname means “a reaffirmation of the basic principle of ‘the political leadership running the press.’”

Atlantic Council Panel: China Likely Doesn’t Have the Ability to Invade Taiwan, Yet

February 10, 2016

  • When viewed from the Chinese mainland, a hundred miles of water is a long way away and remains a big obstacle if Beijing intends to take military action anytime soon against Taiwan following the island’s election of a new president and a legislature controlled by pro-independence parties, an international security expert said Tuesday. Roger Cliff, a fellow of the council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, said despite China’s 600 percent increase in real-term defense spending over the past 20 years “important weaknesses remain” in technology, logistics, training and organization.

Beijing plans S. China Sea buildup after US warship makes second pass near island: Gertz

February 8, 2016

  • PLA Sr. Col. Liang Fang of the National Defense University wrote in the Global Times that the Wilbur’s passage appeared aimed at gaining Vietnamese backing for US policies challenging China South China Sea control. Liang blamed the stepped up activity on US Pacific Command chief Adm. Harry Harris, who has taken a tougher line on Chinese encroachment than his predecessor. Liang urged the PLA to step up “military deployments” to both the Spratlys and Parcels “as soon as possible,” by dredging deep-water ports, and building airstrips.

China should have an operation squadron of J-20 stealth fighters by 2017

February 07, 2016

  • The first J-20 squadron expected to be fully delivered by year’s end, the China Flight Testing Evaluation regiment will being developing operating procedures, tactics and technical proficiency to bring the J-20 to combat readiness. At this pace, it is expected that in 2017-2018, the Chinese Air Force will have its first operational stealth fighter squadron. The J-20 currently relies on Russian AL-31 series turbofan engines (the powerful domestic WS-15 engine will enter service in 2019-2021), everything else on the J-20 is Chinese; its stealth coating, infrared sensor, powerful AESA radar, are all domestically made.

Surface Forces: Bigger Is Often Better For The Coast Guard

February 7, 2016

  • In 2014 China commissioned a new and exceptionally large (4,000 ton) patrol ship for its Coast Guard. That was just the beginning an even larger, 12,000 ton, patrol ship (CCG 3901) is nearing completion. While neither of these huge patrol vessels carriers much in the way of weapons both have surface and air search radars, a helicopter, boarding craft and space for several hundred people. These could be victims of some maritime disaster, or troops for some emergency in the South China Sea (like reinforcing the garrison of an artificial island). The 12,000 ton patrol ship apparently will have a 76mm gun, two smaller (30mm or so) autocannon and two heavy machine-guns.

China’s 1st Overseas Naval Logistics Support Outpost in Djibouti Will Help PLAN Fleet Operations

05 February 2016

  • China’s first overseas naval logistics support outpost-expected to be built in Djibouti-is needed to handle difficulties encountered by Chinese peacekeeping fleets, the Foreign Ministry told China Daily on Thursday. The ministry’s remarks came after senior Djibouti officials and Chinese experts said some media reports about the outpost had been unnecessarily hostile.

China Builds Power Projection Foundations With New Cargo Plane and Warship

February 4, 2016

  • The Y-20 is a 200 ton, 7,800km ranged four engined heavy transport with a 66ton payload. “788”, reportedly the fifth Y-20 prototype, flew in late 2015. Since then, reports suggest that the Y-20’s development has been completed and production will begin this year.

China Stays Ahead in Asian Stealth Race

February 3, 2016

  • “2101” is the first airframe in the inaugural production batch of J-20 fighters. With the first J-20 squadron expected to be fully delivered by year’s end, the China Flight Testing Evaluation regiment will being developing operating procedures, tactics and technical proficiency to bring the J-20 to combat readiness. At this pace, it is expected that in 2017-2018, the Chinese Air Force will have its first operational stealth fighter squadron. The J-20 fighter is the showcase of modern Chinese military technology. While it currently relies on Russian AL-31 series turbofan engines (the powerful domestic WS-15 engine will enter service in 2019-2021), everything else on the J-20 is Chinese; its stealth coating, infrared sensor, powerful AESA radar, are all domestically made.

New Details Emerge About China’s New Cutting-Edge Tank


  • Rumors of a new Chinese light tank first surfaced in 2011 and now new details have emerged, including adjustable armor and a 105-mm gun.

China’s ‘Sea Phantom’ Fleet Prowls the Open Waters

February 4, 2016

  • But closer examination shows these ships to be no mere fishing vessels. Even though some of them, for instance Zhanyu 819, 820 and 822, have what appear to be seine winches astern, the cluster of antennae on board was conspicuous. Moreover, instead of commercial livery, all ships pictured were painted in typical People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) gray. These were probably some of the rare few high-resolution pictures which detail the bulk of assets belonging to the PLAN South China Sea Fleet Unit 488, based in Maxie, Zhanjiang. This obscure flotilla has sister units serving with the other two PLAN fleets, also equipped with such intelligence trawlers (AGIs), dubbed the Type-792 class.

Heavy Rain Training: Chinese snipers show off firing skills

Jan 31, 2016

  • Chinese snipers receive hard training in heavy rain

Beijing Plans Aircraft Carrier Patrols in Disputed South China Sea


  • The Chinese Navy will likely deploy an aircraft carrier for permanent operations in the South China Sea, where China and other countries in the region are feuding over competing territorial claims, an expert said.

In a first, Chinese Navy frigates dock in Bangladesh

January 28, 2016

  • Three Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy vessels, comprising the guided-missile frigates Liuzhou and Sanya, and a comprehensive supply ship Qinghaihu, have for the first time docked in Bangladesh, sailing through the Bay of Bengal this week for a five-day visit.

China’s Fourth Type 071 LPD Amphibious Vessel Yimeng Shan to be Commissioned February 1st

27 January 2016

  • An article published on the website of the Chinese town of Linyi indicates that the fourth People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) Type 071 amphibious transport dock LPD Yimeng Shan (hull number 988) will be commissioned next Monday, February 1st 2016. Yimeng Shan was built by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding, a wholly owned subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC, the largest shipbuilding group in China) as was the case for the first three Type 071 vessels. Each Type 071 has the capacity to accomodate one marine battalion, including 500 to 800 troops. During a visit in the UK, it was announced that the ship can carry up to 65 amphibious armored vehicles. The well deck was designed to hold four Yuyi-class LCAC. In addition, Type 071 LPDs can also supposedly carry 6 Z-8 medium (10 tons class) helicopters.

China’s 24th Type 056 Corvette (Jiangdao class) Commissioned in PLAN South Sea Fleet

26 January 2016

  • A commissioning, naming and flag-presenting ceremony of the new “Jingmen” corvette (hull number 506) of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) was held solemnly at the Yulin Naval Base located on Hainan island in China. The event means that the warship is officially commissioned to the PLAN. Jingmen is the twenty-fourth Type 056 Corvette (Jiangdao class). According to a Chinese MOD statement, Type 056 Corvettes are new-generation light guided missile frigates independently developed by China. It has a length of 89 meters, a beam of 11 meters and a full-load displacement of 1,500 tons.

Chinese Navy fleet visits Indonesia

Jan 25, 2016

  • A Chinese navy’s fleet is in Jakarta, eyeing to enhance ties between the two navies. The Chinese navy’s Fleet 152 on Sunday arrived in Jakarta, starting a five–day visit. Eko Wahyono, Deputy Commander of the Main Naval Base III of Indonesia Navy, is at the welcome ceremony.

Stratcom: China Moving Rapidly to Deploy New Hypersonic Glider

January 22, 2016

  • China conducted six successful tests of a new high-speed hypersonic glide vehicle, the most recent in November, and also recently tested an anti-satellite missile, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command said Friday. Adm. Cecil D. Haney, the commander in charge of nuclear forces, said the tests are part of a worrying military buildup by China, which also includes China’s aggressive activities in the South China Sea.

China Has ‘Reached Consensus’ With Djibouti on Military Base

January 23, 2016

  • China and Djibouti have “reached consensus” on building logistical facilities in the African state for the use of China’s military, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. The news confirms reports that have been swirling since May 2015, when Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh said his country was in discussions with the Chinese over a possible military base. China’s Foreign Ministry confirmed the negotiations for the first time in November of last year.

China says South China Sea militarisation depends on threat

Jan 20, 2016

  • The amount of military facilities China builds on islands in the South China Sea depends on the level of threat it faces although China does not seek militarisation, the navy chief told his U.S. counterpart on Wednesday.

What’s Known About China’s Shadowy New ‘Combat’ Force

January 20, 2016

  • China’s military reforms, which have sped up since Xi Jinping came to power in 2012, are making steady progress and the latest change in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) was a big one. On December 31, 2015, the Central Military Commission formally overhauled the organizational structure of the PLA, establishing three new organizations: the Army Leading Organ, the Rocket Force, and the Strategic Support Force. The big takeaway: the Third Department of the PLA, the home of China’s cyber operations and commonly known as 3PLA, may be moving to a different command.

Intelligence: The Dragon Is A Lot More Aware And Faster To React

January 20, 2016

  • In China the 2015 military reforms were difficult for the mass media to report on because the more important changes had to do many administrative things, like who reports to who. It is much easier to report on stuff like the movement, disbanding or creation of units but the 2015 reforms had little of that. Most of the changes had to do with support units and headquarters. All these changes were important because they streamlined the chain of command (the number of people an order has to get through before it reaches the unit that must act). The need for these reforms arose because most of the changes in the military since the 1980s had to do with upgrading weapons and equipment. This was very much needed because in the 1980s most of Chinese troops were equipped with gear several decades behind what Western forces had. But now that the equipment upgrade has largely been accomplished, and new generations of gear are appearing. It was now time to upgrade command and control systems as well as how intelligence is collected, analyzed and distributed. That meant tinkering with the chain of command and related items.

By 2030, South China Sea will be ‘virtually a Chinese lake,’ study warns

January 20 2016

  • China will have so many aircraft carriers by 2030 that the South China Sea will be “virtually a Chinese lake,” a new U.S. study warns, arguing that the balance of power in the Asia-Pacific region was shifting away from the United States. The CSIS study was carried out after Congress required the Pentagon to commission an independent assessment of U.S. strategy in the Asia-Pacific region.

Live Fire: China holds sweeping military drills across the country

Jan 18, 2016

  • Thousands of soldiers from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) maneuvered across seven provinces with various types of combat equipment to conduct winter training.

Chinese marines’ desert operations point to long-range ambitions

Jan 14, 2016

  • Days after China passed a new law that for the first time permits its military to venture overseas on counter-terror operations, its marines began exercises in the western deserts of Xinjiang, more than 2,000 kilometers from the nearest ocean. The continuing drills are an indication, analysts say, that the marines, who have traditionally trained for amphibious assault missions, are being honed into an elite force capable of deploying on land far from mainland China.

China’s PLA Navy commissioned two new Tank Landing Ships

15 January 2016

  • The “Tianmushan” is a tank landing ship that was developed domestically. It’s about 120 meters long, and 16 meters wide, with a displacement of 5,008 tons. It can sail at a maximum speed of 20 nautical miles per hour. This new model has a good concealment abilities, and the design makes it easier for landing equipment to load and offload.

China nearly completes 2 more runways in S. China Sea: U.S. think tank

Jan 16 2016

  • China has nearly completed two more runways on artificial islands in a disputed area in the South China Sea, a U.S. think tank said Friday, adding that Beijing appears to be speeding up construction work to claim sovereignty in the area. The Center for Strategic and International Studies, a major think tank in Washington, revealed the finding after China conducted a first series of test flights earlier this month on a runway it already built in the Spratly Islands.

China is inviting private investors to build on islands in the disputed South China Sea

Jan. 15, 2016

  • China will invite private investment to build infrastructure on islands it controls in the disputed South China Sea and will this year start regular flights to one of them, state media said on Friday, moves likely to anger other claimants. Sansha’s deputy mayor, Feng Wenhai, said they will welcome private investment and “will initiate public-private-partnership program”, state news agency Xinhua said.

Prototypes pave the way for PLA Air Force boost


  • The fifth-generation J-20 jet fighter and the Y-20 heavy-lifting transport plane are about to enter the initial production stage, the observers said.

The 21st Chinese Navy Escort Fleet Held a Joint Naval Exercise with the Pakistani Navy

Jan 13, 2016

  • The 21st Chinese navy escort fleet held a joint naval exercise with the Pakistani navy near Karachi of Pakistan on Monday, as it concluded its five-day friendship visit in Pakistan. Under the commands from the Chinese navy’s frigate “Liuzhou”, the Chinese navy and the Pakistani navy finished the task of changing fleet formation at sea. They also finished other tasks, such as joint research and rescue, controlling suspicious ships, and cabin search after boarding on the vessel.

China makes more military reforms, sets up graft busting unit

Jan 11, 2016

  • China’s military has set up 15 new units – covering everything from logistics to equipment development, political work and fighting corruption – as part of an on-going drive to modernise the world’s largest armed forces, the Defense Ministry said. President Xi Jinping’s push to reform the military coincides with China becoming more assertive in its territorial disputes in the East and South China Seas. China’s navy is investing in submarines and aircraft carriers and its air force is developing stealth fighters.

Beijing Builds ‘Monster’ Ship for Patrolling the South China Sea

January 13, 2016

  • China has finished construction on a second 10,000-ton China Coast Guard (CCG) cutter destined for patrols in the South China Sea, Chinese state media reports. The ship, designated CCG 3901, “has been completed recently and is ready to start protecting China’s maritime rights,” The Global Times announced. A sister ship, the CCG2901, already deployed to the East China Sea in 2015. The CCG 3901, constructed at Shanghai’s Jiangnan Shipyard, has been dubbed the ‘monster’ by the media due to its unusual large size for a coast guard vessel. According to some sources, the vessel could have a displacement 12,000 to 15,000 metric tons once all systems have been installed aboard. In comparison, the China Coast Guard ship outsizes a the U.S. Navy’s Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser by about 50 percent, and is also bigger than an Arleigh-Burke-class guided missile destroyer (e.g., the USS Lassen), which displaces around 9,700 tons. In addition, it also outclasses Japan’s 6,500-ton Shikishima-class coast guard cutters.

China’s new Rocket Force may include nuke submarines, bombers

January 11, 2016

  • China’s newly-formed Rocket Force, a revamped unit of its strategic missile force may include nuclear submarines and bombers, making it the first independent unit in the world with integrated land, sea and air nuclear forces, the Chinese military said. After incorporating the navy’s strategic nuclear submarine and the air force’s strategic bomber, the PLA Rocket Force will be the first independent service with land, sea and air nuclear forces in the world that is much more integrated than those of the US, Russia, Britain and France, an article in the military’s official publication ‘China Military Online’ quoted an expert as saying.

China again lands planes on disputed island in South China Sea: Xinhua

Jan 6, 2016

  • China on Wednesday landed two test flights on an island it has built in the South China Sea, four days after it angered Vietnam with a landing on the same runway in the disputed territory, the Xinhua state news agency said. The two flights are likely to spark further condemnation from Vietnam, which launched a formal diplomatic protest over the weekend, and the Philippines, which said it was planning to do the same.

Air Defense: Military conducts drills in northwest China

Jan 5, 2016

  • An artillery regiment of the 21st Group Army under the People’s Liberation Army Lanzhou Military Area Command conducted an air defense drill in northwest China just after the New Year began.

China Tests New Rail-Mobile Missile Capable of Hitting all of US

January 05, 2016

  • On December 5, China conducted a launcher test of a new rail-mobile version of its newest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the DF-41 (CSS-X-20), IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly reports. A DF-41 also underwent a flight test on the previous day (December 4) the publication states based on information obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. The launch of the DF-41 likely took place at the Wuzhai missile test center in central China’s Shanxi Province.

China’s 2nd Aircraft Carrier Totally Different from Liaoning


  • Chinese officials, in confirming the construction of the new aircraft carrier, say its going to be based fully on Chinese needs and designs. The new aircraft carrier is going to be run on a conventional power plant, and will be designed to accomodate the domestically-developed J-15 fighter jets.

Vietnam protests after China lands plane on disputed Spratlys

Jan 2, 2016

  • Vietnam formally accused China of violating its sovereignty and a recent confidence-building pact on Saturday by landing a plane on an airstrip Beijing has built in a contested part of the South China Sea.

China’s Navy Takes Part in Joint Exercise Off Australian Coast

January 1, 2016

  • The Australian and Chinese navies have taken part in an exercise off the coast of Queensland as the two nations seek to cement security relations. The HMAS Darwin joined three Chinese ships, including the Luyang Class destroyer Jinan and a frigate, for the drill and the Chinese task group will now spend five days in the Queensland state capital, Brisbane, Australia’s defense department said in an e-mailed statement.

China Confirms Recent Anti-Satellite Test

December 31, 2015

  • A Chinese military official recently confirmed Beijing’s latest test of a satellite-killing missile that threatens U.S. space assets. The latest annual report of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission warned that China is pursuing an array of space warfare capabilities, called counterspace weapons. Chinese anti-satellite missiles “are designed to disable or destroy a satellite or spacecraft using one of several possible kill mechanisms, such as a kinetic kill vehicle,” the report said. Defense officials said the Pentagon, and in particular the Air Force, are very concerned about Chinese anti-satellite weapons, that with as few as two dozen strikes could cripple the critical satellites used for communications, navigation, targeting and other strategic military functions.

China building second aircraft carrier: defence ministry

December 30, 2015

  • China is building its second aircraft carrier, the defence ministry said Thursday, as Beijing expands its naval capabilities amid maritime disputes with neighbours in the East and South China Seas. “This aircraft carrier is being developed according to entirely domestic designs,” defence ministry spokesman Yang Yujun told a regular briefing, adding it was under construction in Dalian, a northeastern port.

China preps for space warfare

December 30, 2015

  • Following recent tests of anti-satellite missiles and near-space hypersonic vehicles, China’s military will soon create a new Space Force within the People’s Liberation Army, a sign Beijing is preparing for future space warfare. Military analysts say there has been no official announcement of the new space warfare unit; however, unofficial sources in China revealed the unit will be part of a new Strategic Support Forces service that will include nuclear missiles — currently under the Second Artillery Force — along with an electronic information forces, cyber warfare units and electronic and signals intelligence.

China gives itself right to mount anti-terror ops abroad

December 28, 2015

  • China has legalised overseas counter-terror operations by its military, details of a controversial new law showed, as it tries to tie violence linked to mainly Muslim Xinjiang into global concerns about extremism.

China appears ready to begin mass production of first stealth fighter jet, state media suggest

28 December, 2015

  • China “may” have started mass production of its first stealth fighter, the J-20, a state media report suggests. The jet was identical to ones believed to be J-20 prototypes seen in public in previous years. But the key difference was the number painted below the cockpit – “2101”. Earlier versions were numbered 2012 or 2017 or some variation of the final two digits.

More Chinese ships join naval force in South China Sea: Report

December 29, 2015

  • China has deployed three new ships to naval forces stationed in the South China Sea, suggesting an enhanced capability for maritime support, a media report said on Tuesday. The three ships – the transport and supply ship Luguhu, electronic reconnaissance ship Haiwangxing and pelagic survey ship Qianxuesen – began servicing the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy stationed in the Nansha Islands area in the South China Sea, according to Navy Today, the PLA Navy’s official magazine.

For supremacy at sea, China plays the long game

December 28, 2015

  • China’s slow-but-steady approach to building up maritime influence seems to be bearing fruit, much to the consternation of the U.S. and its allies.

China Could Be Winning The Military Numbers Game

December 25, 2015

  • #1 Low Investment High Output China steals and imitates its way to affordable, quality defense equipment- a move that allows Beijing to continuously expand its military infrastructure without spending nearly as much as other powers do on military R&D. #2 More Bang For Buck One unit of the Chinese military budget goes much farther than a unit of American defense spending: as a result, China gets more for its investments than the U.S. does, for the same amount of input. #3 China’s Ambitions vs. The U.S.’ Agendas he U.S. military has a universal presence and is deployed internationally, in both an observational capacity and on active duty. China, on the other hand, engages militarily only in the regional context and the bulk of its defense projects are limited to the South China Sea, the East China Sea and the general South Asian security circle.

Chinese Navy Conducts Aircraft Carrier Drill in Bohai Bay

Dec 25, 2015

  • Chinese navy aircraft carrier Liaoning conducted a drill with its shipborne fighter jets at north China’s Bohai Bay on Thursday. Under the control of adept pilots, the carrier-based J-15 fighter jets carried out such training as taking off, landing and touch-and-go landing, during the drill. Groups of pilots of the carrier-based J-15 fighter jets have undergone compulsory training programs on Chinese navy’s only aircraft carrier this year and they have been awarded with qualification certificates.

China says carrier operations improving as navy chief visits

Dec 24, 2015

  • China is getting better and better at operating fighter jets from its lone aircraft carrier, with confident pilots and an increasing number of flying operations, the military’s newspaper said on Friday as China’s navy chief visited the ship.

China Tests Electronic Warfare Variant of J-16 Fighter Jet


  • A new electronic warfare variant of the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation J-16 twin-seat strike fighter made its first flight on December 18, IHS Jane’s reported, citing Chinese sources.

Report: China Tests Rail-Based Missile Launching System

21 Dec 2015

  • Chinese developers this month tested a rail car-based launching system for a missile capable of hitting targets in the United States, a development that could make the system even more deadly, according to Potomac Foundation defense expert Philip Karber. “If that missile train hosts the DF-41 ICBM it means it will also have a MIRV potential,” Karber, whose organization recently identified one of the missile at a special launch site in Taiyuan, told The Washington Free Beacon. “The combination of high-speed mobility, launch cars disguised as civilian passenger trains, tunnel protection and secure reloading of missiles, coupled with multiple warheads, makes the system extremely hard to regulate or verify the number of systems.”

The Chinese Guam Attack Force

December 19, 2015

  • In late November Chinese media made much of a training exercise over the South China Sea featuring their H-6K bomber. This is the latest version of China’s largest and most capable long range bomber. In the November exercise eight H-6Ks were seen more than a thousand kilometers out to sea and accompanied by electronic warfare aircraft. Four of the H-6Ks flew close to Okinawa and were photographed by Japanese aircraft. This was apparently an effort to demonstrate the Chinese capability to hit targets far from the Chinese mainland, especially American bases in Okinawa and Guam. This was but the latest effort to publicize the H-6K. In March China media heavily covered senior officials visiting airbases where the H-6K was shown off with media allowed to take close up photos of the aircraft, including the cockpit. Apparently that publicity did not do the trick so the November flights were used for emphasis.

China’s 2,500 Mile-Range ‘Carrier-Killer’ Missile: A Nuclear Threat?

December 18, 2015

  • “In contrast with the DF-21D is the DF-26’s distinct characteristic of being nuclear and conventional all in one; that is, the one missile body can carry a nuclear warhead [singular or plural not indicated] for a nuclear strike against the enemy, or it can carry a conventional warhead [singular or plural not indicated] for a conventional firepower attack against the enemy. That “change the warhead, not the missile” feature provides a rapid switch between nuclear and conventional.” “But the DF-26 does not rely on a site for mobile launching. It can move fast, and it has no strict demands for where it is launched. So that is helpful to movement of missile forces all over and in concealment, and it is helpful to the rapid deployment, rapid launch, and rapid displacement of combat elements. That means a boost to the missile force’s survivability and to its attack ability. Against time-sensitive targets such as surface ships in particular, it [the DF-26] can attack at the last minute as soon as information on a ship’s movement is acquired, meaning the ship cannot get away.”

China carries out war games in South China Sea this week

Dec 17, 2015

  • China’s military carried out war games in the disputed South China Sea this week, with warships, submarines and fighter jets simulating cruise missile strikes on ships, the official People’s Liberation Army Daily said on Friday.

China’s Pivot to the Sea: The Modernizing PLA Navy

December 17, 2015

  • Since at least 2004, Chinese security thinking has undergone a steady shift toward emphasizing the maritime domain. As its economy has grown, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has become increasingly dependent on the world’s oceans to sustain its economy and people and to move its products to market. Indeed, to maintain and improve what it considers its “comprehensive national power” (zonghe guojia liliang), the PRC clearly needs access to the world’s seas.

U.S. Plans Modest $1.83B Taiwan Arms Deal; Little Offensive Power in Proposed Package

December 16, 2015

  • The State Department will present Congress a comparatively modest $1.83 billion arms foreign military sales deal to Taiwan today – the first arms package for the island nation in four years, USNI News has learned. Notably absent from the deal is any mention of assisting Taiwan’s new diesel-electric submarine program (SSK) to replace its two Dutch-built, 1980s vintage 2,600-ton Hai-lang-class SSKs and two World War II era U.S. Guppy-class boats used for training or any movement toward fulfilling Taiwan’s lingering next-generation fighter requirement.

Chinese Submarine Practiced Missile Attack on USS Reagan

December 15, 2015

  • A Chinese attack submarine conducted a simulated cruise missile attack on the aircraft carrier USS Reagan during a close encounter several weeks ago, according to American defense officials.

China deploys 3rd stealth cruise missile destroyer

15 Dec, 2015

  • The Chinese Navy has commissioned its third Type 052D Kunming-class destroyer, ‘Hefei’, armed with surface-to-surface missiles as its primary assault weapon. Beijing plans to build at least 10 warships of the Kunming class to enhance protection of the nation’s maritime interests. The People’s Liberation Army Navy delivered the third Type 052D (NATO designation Luyang III class) destroyer Hefei (hull number 174) to the South Sea Fleet on Saturday. The vessel’s home base is the naval complex in Sanya, on the island province of Hainan, China Daily reports.

How to Sink a U.S. Navy Carrier: China Turns to France For Ideas

December 13, 2015

  • So, the Chinese interviewer then asks bluntly: How is it that the French Navy was able to penetrate the formidable American ASW screen around the aircraft carrier USS Roosevelt, allegedly “sinking” the big deck and some of its escorts too? Prof. Chi offers many hypotheses with respect to this question, but focuses in particular on the small displacement of the French submarine. He observes that the Rubis-class submarine is the world’s smallest nuclear submarine (2,670 tons submerged) and that could make it more difficult to detect. According to this Chinese expert’s analysis, the Los Angeles-class submarines protecting the aircraft carrier have about three times the displacement—placing them at a disadvantage, especially in a circumstance where both crews have a similar level of training proficiency. This is not the first time that Chinese submarine experts have admired France’s small displacement nuclear submarines, which they seem to think could be particularly well suited for the shallow waters of the Western Pacific. It is argued in this Chinese analysis, moreover, that the French submarine’s comparatively slow maximum speed (25 knots) seems hardly to be a major deficiency.

China to build filling station on disputed South China Sea island

14 December 2015

  • Chinese oil major Sinopec is building a filling station on an island in the South China Sea, as China continues to expand its civilian infrastructure in the disputed waterway, entrenching its reach in the maritime heart of Southeast Asia. The filling station and accompanying storage tank on Woody Island in the Paracels will take a year to complete, the company, whose listed flagship is Sinopec Corp , said on its microblog on Monday.

Beijing holds new round of war drills in South China Sea

13 Dec, 2015

  • The Chinese Navy is flexing its military muscle in the South China Sea with its latest round of drills. Disagreements persist with Japan and others over a large portion of the region, with the US parading its military not helping to alleviate the tensions. “The People’s Liberation Army Navy in recent days organized a fleet to go to relevant waters in the South China Sea, by way of the Western Pacific, to carry out exercises,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement. “This action is a routine arrangement made in accordance with this year’s naval training plan.”

China’s New Generation of Turboprop Aircraft Certified


  • China’s new independently developed turboprop aircraft — Y12F received an airworthiness certificate from the authorities on Saturday, marking an official entry into the domestic aviation market. Li Xianzhe, chief designer of the plane, said the Y12F is on target for commercial success. “We have achieved approval for commercial use [of the plane], which is in a leading position among competing models. The plane also boasts the fastest speed. Both these facts suggest that our technology in light aircraft is no less developed than our competitors. The next key step is after-sales service.”

China Flight Tests Multi-Warhead Missile

December 11, 2015

  • China conducted a flight test of a new multi-warhead ballistic missile capable of reaching targets throughout the United States, Pentagon officials said. The test of the new DF-41 intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, took place Dec. 4.

Inside the Ring: Pentagon Confirms China Begins Missile Submarine Patrols

December 10, 2015

  • China has begun patrols with nuclear missile submarines for the first time, giving Beijing a new strategic nuclear strike capability, according to the U.S. Strategic Command and Defense Intelligence Agency. U.S. intelligence and strategic nuclear officials, however, remain uncertain whether China’s four Jin-class missile submarine patrols are being carried out with nuclear-tipped JL-2 missiles on board.

China: Army Leads On Mil-to-Mil Despite Sea, Air Tensions

December 08, 2015

  • US and Chinese ships and aircraft are increasingly facing off in the disputed waters of the Pacific. On land, however, the US Army and its PLA counterparts are actually building a stronger relationship. “While it’s very clear we have a competitive relationship also, especially in the air and maritime services, we have a cooperative relationship in the land domain,” Gen. Vincent Brooks told reporters this morning at a Defense Writers’ Group breakfast.

‘Underwater tornadoes’ found near China’s nuclear submarine base by Paracels that could sink U-boats in treacherous abyss

10 December, 2015

  • Chinese scientists have discovered a series of potential “deathtraps” near the Paracel Islands, called the Xisha Islands by China, in the South China Sea where a submarine could plunge into swirling waters and be crushed by the pressure at such a deadly depth. The archipelago of 130 islands, which are controlled by China but also claimed by Taiwan and Vietnam, are located close to China’s nuclear submarine base. Called Yulin Naval Base, it lies long the south coast of Hainan Island, a popular escape for Chinese tourists.

U.S. General ‘Concerned’ About Russia, China’s Development of Space Weapons

December 9, 2015

  • The head of U.S. Air Force Space Command said on Tuesday that he is concerned about Russia and China using anti-satellite weapons to create hazardous debris in space, following reports that both countries tested those types of weapons in the last two months. Gen. John Hyten, commander of the Air Force’s Space Command, told reporters after a Capitol Hill Club event that he is “concerned about any potential threat that would create debris in space,” particularly Russia and China’s construction of “kinetic energy anti-satellite weapons.”

The Chinese Military Report You Missed (But Need to Read, Now)

December 8, 2015

  • Truth be told, the entire report is not about Beijing’s mighty military, with the bulk of the report detailing U.S.-China trade relations as well as Beijing’s interactions around the world. However, Chapter 2 is where Chinese military geeks need to pay attention. Below are some of the highlights that I found of most interest: Point #1 – Chinese Nuclear Submarines Are Advancing Point #2 – Chinese Diesel Submarines Are About To Get Even More Dangerous Point #3 – Here Come Chinese 5th Generation Stealth Fighters Point #4 – The Chinese Navy (PLAN) Wants to Sail Further Out To Sea Point #5 – China Purchases the S-400 from Russia (And Might Build Its Own) Point #6 – Beijing Is Becoming Quite the Arms Dealer Point #7 – China Sees U.S. Satellites in Orbit as a Weakness It Could Attack

Naval Air: The Chinese Guam Attack Force

December 7, 2015

  • In late November Chinese media made much of a training exercise over the South China Sea featuring their H-6K bomber. This is the latest version of China’s largest and most capable long range bomber. In the November exercise eight H-6Ks were seen more than a thousand kilometers out to sea and accompanied by electronic warfare aircraft. Four of the H-6Ks flew close to Okinawa and were photographed by Japanese aircraft. This was apparently an effort to demonstrate the Chinese capability to hit targets far from the Chinese mainland, especially American bases in Okinawa and Guam. This was but the latest effort to publicize the H-6K. In March China media heavily covered senior officials visiting airbases where the H-6K was shown off with media allowed to take close up photos of the aircraft, including the cockpit. Apparently that publicity did not do the trick so the November flights were used for emphasis.

War Game: China holds military drill at Gulf of Aden

Dec 6, 2015

  • Chinese navy engages in military drill at Gulf of Aden.

New China airstrips a potential headache for neighbors, U.S.

December 6, 2015

  • China’s campaign of island building in the South China Sea might soon quadruple the number of airstrips available to the People’s Liberation Army in the highly contested and strategically vital region. That could be bad news for other regional contenders, especially the U.S., the Philippines and Vietnam. The island construction work that is creating vast amounts of new acreage by piling sand on top of coral reefs is now moving into the construction stage, with buildings, harbors and, most importantly, runways appearing in recent months.

Foreign Minister: China to Build Navy Base in Djibouti

December 4, 2015

  • China is to build its first naval base in Djibouti, the Djiboutian foreign minister said Friday, in the latest sign of China’s growing international security presence. Djibouti is seen as a key strategic location in the Horn of Africa, with United States, France and Japan already having facilities in the country.

The Hypersonic Arms Race Is Going Nuclear — Take Note


  • A new type of high-speed arms race is heating up between the U.S., Russia and China — and it’s threatening to go nuclear. Washington had always intended for the new “hypersonic boost-glide” weapons to remain purely conventional, but Russia and China seem to be pursuing nuclear variants. If the hypersonic arms race heads in a nuclear direction, Washington may be pressured to follow. Luckily, these new weapons systems are still in their fledgling state, so there’s still some time to establish international norms. Washington, Moscow and Beijing ought to call a timeout on hypersonic glide vehicle testing and start talking frankly about the risks of the hypersonic arms race going nuclear.

Chinese J-20 Stealth Fighter Nearing Test-flight Completion

December 3, 2015

  • Chinese J-20 Stealth Fighter has entered its test-flight completion stage following the launch of two prototypes in quick succession last month. The latest prototype, the eighth in the series, “proves” that the results of test flights are “satisfactory”. These tests which include aerodynamic performance, stealth performance and airborne equipment have met or are close to the index requirements, China Military Online, the official publication of the Chinese Defence Ministry reported today.

China, Bangladesh pledge to strengthen military ties


  • China and Bangladesh pledged to strengthen military ties during a meeting between Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan and Chief of Army Staff of the Bangladesh Army Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq. Chang, also a state councilor, called on the two militaries to implement the consensus reached by the leaders of two countries. Chang said the Chinese military is willing to work with Bangladesh’s army to strengthen strategic communication and enhance pragmatic cooperation to inject new impetus to bilateral relationships.

China Is Building The World’s Second Stealth Air Force

December 1, 2015

  • The eighth J-20 prototype “2017” made its maiden flight on November 24, 2015 at the Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC) factory in Chengdu, China. Complete with a red carpet launch ceremony, the event was well attended by AVIC dignitaries, J-20 program personnel and government officials. After several months of preliminary flight testing, “2017” is likely to be taken by the Chine Test Flight Establishment (CTFE) to remote northern China, where it can conduct more significant testing away from prying eyes.

Chinese bomber exercise affirms air-defence identification zone, penetrates Second Island Chain

01 December 2015

  • An unusually large People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) formation of eight bombers supported by three surveillance and electronic intelligence (ELINT) aircraft exercised over the East China Sea on 27 November before flying a long distance inside the Second Island Chain. A PLAAF spokesman was quoted in state media as having described the exercise as affirming China’s East China Sea Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ), declared in December 2013.

China’s AVIC to invest in advanced materials technologies

30 November 2015

  • The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has announced a plan to invest CNY10 billion (USD.1 5 billion) in developing capabilities related to advanced aerospace materials, particularly graphene. Attending a ceremony to announce the investment plan, AVIC president Lin Zuoming said the new company will oversee the establishment of clusters that would form a “complete industrial chain” of capability in graphene, and other advanced materials.

China to deploy power-generating wave farms in South China Sea

Dec. 1, 2015

  • China has established military radar on reclaimed land in the South China Sea and has plans to construct electricity-generating wave farms to supply power to its new facilities. Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion said a fully built power-generating unit is about half the size of a soccer field and has been tested near the city of Zhuhai in China’s southern Guangdong province. Another unit was deployed for a test run in early November in the South China Sea.

China Unveils Biggest Army Overhaul in Decades to Project Power

November 26, 2015

  • President Xi Jinping announced a major overhaul of China’s military to make the world’s largest army more combat ready and better equipped to project force beyond the country’s borders. Under the reorganization, all branches of the armed forces would come under a joint military command, Xi told a meeting of military officials in Beijing Thursday, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. Bloomberg in September reported details of the plan, which may also seek to consolidate the country’s seven military regions to as few as four.

China navy holds first joint anti-piracy drill with NATO

Nov 26, 2015

  • Chinese naval forces involved in anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden have held their first joint drill with NATO ships carrying out the same mission, China’s Defence Ministry said on Friday, as China seeks a greater global security role. The exercise happened on Wednesday, the ministry said in a statement, showing pictures of Chinese and NATO officers chatting on the bridge of a ship and simulating a commando raid.

China air force again holds drills in Western Pacific

Nov 27, 2015

  • China’s air force said on Friday it had flown bombers and other jets through a strait between Japanese islands on their way to drills in the Western Pacific, and had carried out a patrol in China’s air identification zone in the East China Sea. “This year the air force has four times carried out drills in the Western Pacific, raising the air force’s ability to fight over long distances far out at sea,” it said in a statement on its official microblog.

Chinese naval flotilla visits Mexico for friendly exchange

Nov 25, 2015

  • A flotilla of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy arrived in the Mexican port of Acapulco on November 24 for a 5-day visit to conduct cultural and sport exchanges and hold an exhibition of anti-terrorism equipment.

China Again Tests Nuclear Hypersonic Missile

November 25, 2015

  • China carried out a sixth flight test of its new high-speed nuclear attack vehicle on Monday designed to defeat U.S. missile defenses or carry out global strikes. The vehicle separated from its launcher near the edge of the atmosphere and then glided to an impact range several thousand miles away in western China, said officials familiar with details of the test.

China To Open First Military Base In Africa, Signs Deal With Djibouti, US General Says


  • China has signed a 10-year deal with the African nation Djibouti to build a military base there — China’s first military base on the continent, said U.S. Army Gen. David Rodriguez, who is a commander with U.S. Africa Command. China has long had an economic foothold in Africa, but the base would be an expansion of its military prowess beyond the Asia-Pacific region.

US Destroyer Teams with Chinese Ship for Exercise in East China Sea

Nov 23, 2015

  • Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) joined with People’s Liberation Army-Navy PLA(N) guided-missile frigate Xuzhou (FFG 530) to practice the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) and conduct a search-and-rescue (SAR) exercise, Nov. 20.

China, Thailand joint air force exercise highlights warming ties

Nov 24, 2015

  • Thailand’s military held an air show with China on Tuesday ahead of joint manoeuvres in a sign of warming ties, but Thailand said it was not distancing itself from the United States which downgraded their military relationship following a 2014 coup. Five Thai and Chinese military planes performed aerobatic demonstrations for assembled media, flying some 3,000 feet (900 metres) above ground at the Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, around 260 km (161 miles) northeast of Bangkok.

Chinese army launches largest-ever ship to support South China Sea military garrison

24 November 2015

  • China’s army launched its biggest waterborne military vessel on Monday, in a move that reflects the country’s increasingly aggressive claims on the South China Sea as well as its commitment to maintaining a permanent, forward-deployed force within striking distance of other contested islands in the region. GY820, an integrated support ship, measures 90 metres in length and is 14.6 metres wide, with a displacement of greater than 2,700 tonnes—more than any other vessel operated by the People’s Liberation Army Ground Force.

An Electromagnetic Arms Race Has Begun: China Is Making Railguns Too

November 23, 2015

  • The China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) has reported online that its 206 Institute, which researches electromagnetic launch technologies, has made breakthroughs in electromagnetically launch boosted missiles and railguns designed for close in weapons systems (CIWS). This follows the 206 Institute’s hosting of the Seventh Chinese Electromagnetic Technology Conference in Oct 2015, which also reported advances in material sciences to reduce railgun barrel wear (while railgun technology have been tested since 1918, power generation and the wearing out of the barrel are longstanding barriers to the deployment of militarily useful railguns). Phoenix Television reported on a number of other related railgun research advances. An early November 2015 news broadcast stated that Chinese researchers have made breakthroughs in electromagnetic aircraft launch systems (EMALS) and railguns, in areas from power storage to tougher barrel materials. EMALS catapults could be installed on Chinese aircraft carriers in the next decade, improving the performance of Chinese naval aircraft. The Phoenix TV broadcast also suggested that the PLAN hopes to test its own operational railgun in the next couple of years.

China says won’t cease building on South China Sea isles

Nov 22, 2015

  • China said on Sunday it will continue to build military and civilian facilities on its artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea and the United States was testing it by sending warships through the area. “Building and maintaining necessary military facilities, this is what is required for China’s national defense and for the protection of those islands and reefs,” Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin told a news conference in Kuala Lumpur. China planned to “expand and upgrade” the civilian facilities on the islands “to better serve commercial ships, fishermen, to help distressed vessels and provide more public services”, Liu said, adding that China rejects the notion that it is militarizing the South China Sea. He said China has mostly built civilian facilities.

China to Project Power From Disputed Islands, U.S. Panel Says

November 18, 2015

  • China’s expansion of islands it claims in the South China Sea underscores that its “military modernization is challenging decades of U.S.-led peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region,” a commission created by the U.S. Congress said in its annual report. The moves on the disputed islands are “all the more provocative because they are being outfitted with a range of military infrastructure from airstrips to artillery, which will enable China’s increasingly powerful navy and air force to project power deep into the South China Sea and beyond,” the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission said in the report released Wednesday.

Electromagnetic Pulse weapons could knock enterprises offline

Nov 17, 2015

  • Electromagnetic Pulse are back in the news as potential threats to the U.S. and other nations as the U.S. and China have announced significant progress in advancing the state of the art of these attacks. Nations, enterprises, and individual buildings and installations, which count on electric power and everything that it enables are at risk of being devastated by EMPs. China’s advancements are in improved large-scale EMP attacks using long-range missiles such as their new DF41 mobile ICBM launchers, which have longer range than their DF31s, according to a report from The Blaze.

Chinese Troops to Visit US Army Base for Medical Drills

Nov 17, 2015

  • The Pentagon picked the Army’s Joint Base Lewis-McChord as the site of a week-long exercise for both U.S. soldiers and troops from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, The News Tribune reports. It will be the first time ground-level Chinese soldiers visit an Army base in the continental U.S. for a military-to-military exercise, although they will not participate in combat training. “It’s a big deal,” said Timothy Heath, a China expert at the Rand Corp. “It’s a sign of an improving security relationship that needs more stability. This is a good sign. We need exercises like this to promote stability.”

UN says China peacekeepers make crucial contribution in Mali


  • In a recent interview with Xinhua, Koen Davidse, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General in MINUSMA, said “Chinese troops have set an example of professionalism and efficiency that we hope other countries will emulate.”

Top Chinese General Visits Djibouti Amid Base Speculation

November 10, 2015

  • BEIJING — A top Chinese military officer visited Djibouti at the weekend, official media reported, prompting a state-run newspaper Tuesday to downplay concerns Beijing is planning to establish a base in the strategically vital African entrepot.

Chinese, US navies hold first-ever joint exercise in the Atlantic

Ultra-thin, tunable, broadband microwave absorber may advance radar cloaking

November 10, 2015

  • To solve this problem, a team of researchers from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China has developed an ultra-thin, tunable broadband microwave absorber for ultra-high frequency applications. This ultra-thin absorbing surface, called an active frequency-selective surface absorber, consists of arrays of patterned conductors loaded with two common types of circuit elements known as resistors and varactors. The unit patterned cell absorbs microwaves and can also be actively controlled by stretching to expand the tunable bandwidth. In a paper published this week in the Journal of Applied Physics, the researchers presented this work.

China-Thailand joint military exercise shows longtime U.S. ally Bangkok hedging its bets

November 9, 2015

  • The joint action by Chinese and Thai forces, dubbed Falcon Strike, is the latest sign that Bangkok, a longtime U.S. anchor ally in the region, is prepared to hedge its bets between its traditional ally in Washington and the rising regional power in Beijing. “For years, indeed decades, this cooperation would have been not only politically unthinkable, but technically impossible, as the [Royal Thai Air Force] was almost wholly dependent on the U.S., while China’s [support] was significantly less advanced,” Benjamin Zawacki, an American analyst who is writing a book on the U.S.-Thai-China axis, said in an interview. “For the U.S., it spells another zero-sum loss to an engaged and strategic China.”

Cruise missiles are ‘useful’ sea defense


  • The People’s Liberation Army Navy has a series of cutting-edge anti-ship cruise missiles that can form a powerful defense line at sea, military experts say. “The deployment of the latest YJ-18, together with the YJ-12 and YJ-100, has enabled the Navy to deter any foreign navies from approaching its defense areas,” a strategy researcher in the PLA, who asked not to be named, said on Monday.
  • “Compared with anti-ship ballistic missiles, the YJ-18 and YJ-12 will prove to be more useful, because even though ballistic missiles have a longer range and larger destructive power, their launch preparations are more complicated and their use is more likely to escalate a conflict,” he explained.

Chinese peacekeeping force in Mali held live-fire exercise

China’s Scramjet Claim Puzzles U.S. Hypersonic Researchers

Nov 9, 2015

  • China’s success in flying a scramjet-powered hypersonic aircraft, trailing the U.S. by no more than a few years, reveals that its engineers have overcome severe cooling problems first mentioned five years ago. The successful test, announced in October, followed the January 2014 flight of a Chinese hypersonic glider.

China Expands Presence With Fighters on Woody Island

November 8, 2015

  • TAIWAN — China’s deployment of the more advanced J-11BH/BHS fighter aircraft to Woody Island, revealed in photographs released via online Chinese-language media websites in late October, underscores how seriously the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is taking its claims to the South China Sea.

China accounts for 30% of the world’s secretive military spending

November 04, 2015

  • China is responsible for 30% of the world’s secretive defense spending, reports Transparency International (TI), a Berlin-based anti-corruption NGO. Secretive spending, defined by TI as “military expenditure where no meaningful details are released either to the public or parliament,” is leading to corruption at home and mistrust in the Asia-Pacific region that could destabilize the area, the organization says.

Malaysian PM vows to strengthen defense cooperation with China


  • KUALA LUMPUR, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) — Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said here Tuesday that his country and China will promote defense and military cooperation in a bid to further enhance bilateral ties.

China vows to speed up military overhauls in bid to build up ‘modern army’

04 November, 2015

  • The ruling Communist Party will speed up overhauls of the military’s hardware and software, state media reported yesterday, adding it aimed to reach its reform target by 2020. The pledge was contained in a communiqué issued nearly a week after the party’s Central Committee met to decide on the 13th five-year plan.

Chinese jets training with missiles fly by disputed South China Sea waters near Vietnam in new response to US warships

02 November, 2015

  • China’s military released photos of navy planes training with missiles in the South China Sea, a move experts say is aimed at protesting the patrol of a US warship in waters Beijing claims to have sovereignty over.

PLA East Sea Fleet Pilots Train on Low-altitude Flight

South China Sea: Australian naval commanders on China visit ‘not distracted’ by tensions

31 Oct 2015

  • The commanders of two Australian frigates conducting live-fire exercises with the Chinese navy have said tensions over the South China Sea were not influencing the visit.

Australia to Join China in South Sea Naval Drills

October 29, 2015

  • Australia and China will go ahead with a joint naval exercise in the South China Sea next week, despite Beijing’s lingering anger at the United States for deploying a warship near a Chinese-built island in the contested waters. The Royal Australian Navy will send two frigates to the southern Chinese port of Zhanjiang, where they will take part in a live firing drill with Chinese ships on Monday.

Pakistan exports Chinese HJ-8 missile to 20 nations


  • With the help of Pakistan, China North Industries Corporation, better known as Norinco, has been able to export its HJ-8 anti-tank missiles to 20 countries around the world, Duowei News, a news outlet operated by overseas Chinese, reported on Oct. 21.

China, US stress good manners in avoiding aerial incidents

October 26, 2015

  • BEIJING (AP) — In the sometimes-testy rivalry between Washington and Beijing, good manners count. A recent amendment to a U.S.-China accord on safe encounters between their military pilots calls for keeping a secure distance, communicating clearly and keeping a lid on rude body language. “Military aircrew should refrain from the use of uncivil language or unfriendly physical gestures,” says the third amendment to the safety memorandum.

China Will Host Joint Naval Drills With Russia in 2016 – Russian Navy


  • MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Russian-Chinese “Joint Sea-2016” naval exercise will be hosted by China in the Far East, the Russian Navy chief of combat training said Saturday.
  • The latest Russian-Chinese “Joint Sea-2015 II” naval exercises took place in Russia’s Far Eastern Primorsky Territory in August. The active phase of the drills, which was the second naval exercise between China and Russia this year, involved 500 marines, 22 warships and support vessels, 15 air vessels, 40 units of equipment and 2 drones.

China’s Hypersonic Dongfeng 21D Ballistic Missile Is An Aircraft Carrier Killer

October 23 2015

  • Getting back to the Dongfeng 21D, military experts speculate that the missile has a range of 1,000 miles and can travel up to 10 times faster than the speed of sound, which means it’s nearly impossible to intercept. What makes the Dongfeng 21D so impressive is that it’s launched into orbit, and when it returns to the Earth’s atmosphere, it can then be navigated to hit a target at hypersonic speeds. Also, it is cheap to make, with the price of one aircraft carrier enough to manufacture about 1,200 missiles.

China now has more surface combat ships than Japan


  • By commissioning more advanced destroyers and frigates into active service, China now possesses more surface combat ships than Japan, reports the Hangzhou-based Qianjiang Evening News.

PLA’s carriers under construction to be deployed to Hainan


  • Once they are completed, China plans to deploy its first two domestically built aircraft carriers to the southern island province of Hainan in anticipation of potential conflict over the disputed South China Sea, the nationalistic tabloid Global Times writes.

China building first two domestic aircraft carriers

October 21, 2015

  • BEIJING–China is building its first two aircraft carriers that are designed to engage in more direct combat duty and could one day be deployed to the South China Sea, sources said.

Senior US Navy officers visit Chinese aircraft carrier

October 21, 2015

  • BEIJING (AP) — China hosted a visit this week to its sole aircraft carrier by senior U.S. Navy officers amid tensions over reported plans by Washington to challenge Beijing’s territorial claims in the South China Sea. The delegation of 27 commanders and captains boarded the Liaoning on Monday and held discussions on “exercise management, personnel training, medical protection and strategies in carrier development,” the Chinese navy said on its official microblog.

Chinese Arms Companies Are Picking Up the Pace in Africa and the Middle East

October 21, 2015

  • The state-owned Chinese company International Aero Development Corporation (IADC) recently launched an ambitious new expansion plan in Africa, according to Defense News. This includes an aviation training center, two regional marketing offices, two maintenance and support centers, and three spare-parts warehouses to promote sales and maintenance for Chinese-made aircraft. South Africa, Tanzania and the Republic of Congo are the main states where this expansion is taking place; warehouses in Zimbabwe and Kenya are also being planned. At the Aviation Expo China 2015 in Beijing last month, IADC’s General Manager Zhang Guangjian stated that this move is part of a larger plan to expand further throughout the continent.

China, Russia, Iran Closing Gap with Smaller, Older U.S. Military

October 20, 2015

  • U.S. adversaries including China, Russia, and Iran are developing military capabilities that will allow them to compete with shrinking and aging American forces in the coming years, according to a new report. The report, authored by the American Enterprise Institute and the Foreign Policy Initiative, warns that U.S. adversaries have been bolstering their militaries and purchasing cheaper weapon systems as the United States cuts its defense budget and delays acquisition of new equipment. Both China and Russia have increased their defense budgets by double digits in recent years, for example, while the United States could reduce its military spending by as much as $1 trillion in a decade under cuts known as sequestration. “After a procurement holiday in the 1990s and a hollow buildup during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, American military capabilities have declined independently and relatively to adversaries like China, Russia, and Iran,” the report said.

China-Mongolia anti-terror training

‘Joint-Action 2015’: Military drills conclude in northwestern China

2,200 US fighters needed to defeat PLA attack on Taiwan by 2017


  • By the year 2017, it will take the United States about 2,200 fighters, a full two-thirds of its Air Force, to defeat an aerial invasion launched by the PLA against Taiwan, according to a report by the Santa Monica-based think tank RAND Corporation.

Hisham: Malaysia, China to enhance defence ties

October 15, 2015

  • PETALING JAYA: Malaysia is pleased with defence exchanges with China as it could help check Asia-Pacific security threats, said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein (pic). He said both parties had pledged to strengthen and encourage further exchanges between the defence establishments.

China, Indonesia pledge to enhance military cooperation


  • BEIJING, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) — Vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission Fan Changlong met with Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu on Wednesday afternoon, pledging to strengthen military cooperation between the two countries.

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

October 13, 2015

  • The Global Times (Chinese edition) reports that a Chinese military expert has disclosed that China will be able to carry out a small-batch production trial of China’s new Chengdu J-20 prototype stealth fighters by 2016.

China reveals new AEW&C KJ-500

October 10, 2015

  • Chinese media reports on China’s new airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft, the KJ-500. The report says that though its platform is smaller than the KJ-2000, the KJ-500 as an all-weather integrated airborne early warning, command and control aircraft is more mature, advanced and complete in technologies and stronger and more powerful in combat capabilities than the KJ-2000.

China Challenges Army With Realistic Training Scenarios

October 10, 2015

  • TAIPEI — China has greatly increased the realism of its Army training, attempting to improve readiness and interoperability, and unearth operational weaknesses. These trends demonstrate the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) rising self-confidence in dealing with a variety of scenarios beyond its traditional focus of a conflict with Taiwan, analysts said.

China plane maker reveals stealth jet capabilities to lure buyers

Oct 9, 2015

  • China’s top aircraft manufacturer has revealed specifications of an advanced stealth fighter jet in a bid to lure foreign buyers, the official China Daily reported on Friday. In a rare disclosure, the state-owned Aviation Industry Corp of China (Avic) unveiled the capabilities of the J-31 aircraft at an aviation show, even though the jet is still being tested, the newspaper said.

Chinese Hypersonic Engine Wins Award, Reshapes Speed Race?

October 8, 2015

  • “The Chinese nation is no longer satisfied with living like a farmer who eyes nothing but his own piece of land and a family to raise. We are looking up into space now.”
  • Professor Wang’s award comes after an interesting rumor making the rounds about Chinese supersonic flight. On September 18, 2015, China Aviation News, a respected source on Chinese aerospace developments, posted an article on the successful test flight of a Mach 4+ reusable UAV testbed that used a variable cycle turbo-ramjet engine (the engine uses a turbofan/turbojet at lower speeds, but redirects air to the ramjet at speeds above Mach 2.0). In comparison, the SR-71 only flew at speeds of about Mach 3.2. However, China Aviation News quickly yanked the article in a matter of hours, suggesting that they may have inadvertently (or deliberately as a signal) posted restricted information.

China’s J-15 fighter jet holds test flight on the Liaoning aircraft carrier

Infantry Military Drill Carried out in N China

China Launches Powerful Long March 6 Rocket Capable Of Carrying 20 Warheads

October 06 2015

  • China has launched its first Long March 6 rocket into orbit with 20 small satellites, making it the third country to use a mulit-payload technology, South China Morning Post reported Monday. The successful launch was expected to put China in a better bargaining position with the United States as China prepares to test larger boosters in the next few months.

Military Strength: US, Russia, And China Most Powerful

October 5, 2015

  • No country on this planet comes even close to the United States in terms of military strength. In its latest report on globalization, Credit Suisse said Russia was the second most powerful country. However, there is a huge gap between America’s final military strength score of 0.94 and Russia’s 0.80. Third came China with a score of 0.79.

Is This the Most Underestimated Ship in China’s Navy?

October 06, 2015

  • The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN)’s Type-71 Yuzhao-class is an underestimated piece of kit. In service since 2007, the PLAN commissioned its fourth Yuzhao, the Yimengshan, earlier this year. The ship is supposed to complete sea trials by this December. Although the displacement of these ships vary slightly, they are each capable of transporting a fully complemented battalion of PLAN marines, 15-20 armored vehicles, and four Z-8 or Z-18 helicopters (the former being a copy of the French Aerospatiale SA 321 Super Frelon.) Each Yuzhao can hold up to four Yuyi landing craft (hovercraft), which in turn can carry a platoon of marines or armored vehicles. Each hovercraft can carry up to 60 tons, which would allow it to embark a Type 96 main battle tank.

China’s Z-11WB light helo takes first flight

04 October 2015

  • China’s Avicopter Z-11WB light helicopter made its first flight in Jingdezhen, home of the Changhe Aircraft Industries Group, on 28 September. The Z-11WB is the military version of the 2.2-tonne, six-passenger AC-311 light helicopter that first flew in November 2010.

60-ton airship to be added to China’s ‘Golden Eagle’ series


  • China is developing 60-ton airship as part of its “Jin Diao” or “Golden Eagle” series, reports the People’s Daily, the mouthpiece of the Communist Party of China.
  • The multi-purpose airship, developed by a special unit under the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China, is a power-driven aircraft kept buoyant by helium that can be flexibly equipped with high definition cameras and equipment for infrared imaging, gas detection, exploration and surveillance.

Satellite Images Suggest China Is Building 1st Indigenous Aircraft Carrier

Oct 1 2015

  • HONG KONG — New satellite images suggest China has begun work on its first indigenous aircraft carrier, according to a monitoring group. Photos released Thursday by IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly appear to show what they described as an “unidentified hull in an advanced state of construction” in the northeastern city of Dalian.

China’s Navy Makes First-Ever Tour of Europe’s Arctic States

October 02, 2015

  • A Chinese naval fleet is making the rounds of Nordic countries this week. A trio of People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) vessels – a missile destroyer, a missile frigate, and a replenishment ship – has visited Denmark, Finland, and Sweden in the past two weeks on goodwill visits. For each of those countries, it was the first time PLAN vessels had paid a port call. According to China’s Ministry of Defense, PLAN Fleet 152 is on a “round-the-globe voyage” after wrapping up a four-month anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden. Denmark, Finland, and Sweden were the third, fourth, and fifth stops (respectively) for the fleet, led by the guided-missile destroyer Jinan. The first two stops were Sudan and Egypt.

Senior Chinese Leaders Pay Tribute to Fallen Heroes

PLA has more tanks in service than any other nation: report


  • With more than 6,500 tanks of different types in service, the People’s Liberation Army boasts the most powerful armored force in the world, according to the Moscow-based website Independent Military Review. By early 2015, China had a total of 5,900 medium tanks, 640 main battle tanks, 750 light tanks and 200 reconnaissance tanks. In addition, China has 13,000 artillery pieces, 924 anti-tank missile systems, 3,966 recoilless rifles and 1,788 anti-tank guns, making the PLA one of the most powerful ground fighting forces in the world, the report said.

Chinese Navy Fourth Type 071 LPD Amphibious Vessel Started Sea Trials

28 September 2015

  • Chinese media recently released pictures showing the fourth People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) Type 071 amphibious transport dock LPD Yimeng Shan (hull number 978) on sea trials. Yimeng Shan was built Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding, a wholly owned subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC, the largest shipbuilding group in China) as was the case for the first three Type 071 vessels. It was launched in January this year.

Updated J-31 unveiled, expected to hit global market in 5 yrs


  • China has unveiled an updated version of the J-31 “Gyrfalcon” fighter jet, which is expected to be marketed internationally within the next five years, reports the Beijing-based Sina Military Network. An updated model of the J-31 — a single-seat, twin-engine, fifth-generation stealth multirole fighter developed by the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation — was recently on display at the 16th China Aviation Expo in Beijing from Sept. 16-19.

Satellite image shows China’s new experimental aircraft


  • The images show an extremely short aircraft with two wings in contrast to other unmanned aerial vehicles that China has developed. The aircraft looks more similar to the X-15 hypersonic rocket-powered aircraft developed by North American Aviation for the United States Air Force and NASA back in 1959 than Lockheed Martin’s SR-72, designed to replace the SR-71 Blackbird, currently the world’s fastest jet.

China says to improve terror intelligence cooperation with U.S.

Sep 26, 2015

  • China and the United States will improve cooperation on fighting militancy, including intelligence exchanges, and work together to bring peace to Afghanistan, China’s foreign ministry said after a leaders’ summit in Washington. China says it faces a serious threat from Islamist militants in its far western region of Xinjiang, where hundreds have died in violence in recent years.

Chinese Super Manoeuvrable Air-to-air Missile Closer to Deployment

September 26, 2015

  • China’s short-range air-to-air missile, the PL-10, which has been test fired 30 times, is close to deployment abroad fighter jets such as the J-20 and the J-11. The PL-10 is ‘nearly ready’ according to comments made by Liang Xiaogeng, chief designer of the Luoyang Electro-Optical Research Institute, which designed the missile. The missile has largely competed development and testing on various aerial platforms, the designer added.
  • This new missile is fitted with a multi-element imaging infrared seeker with anti-jamming capabilities, weighs 89 kg, has a length of 3 m, and a range of 20 km. It has been in development for seven years, a prototype was completed in 2013.

Leadership: China Creates A Sovereign Presence

September 25, 2015

  • Aerial and satellite photos indicate that Chinese military construction efforts on Woody Island (one of the disputed Paracel Islands) are largely complete. The garrison consists of a battalion of naval infantry (not quite marines but close) and a 2,300 meter long air strip. This is long enough to support warplanes and commercial transports as large as Boeing 737s (which China has a lot of). A school building was completed in 2013 for the 40 children of officials and their families stationed there. There is an artificial harbor that can handle ships of up to 5,000 ton displacement. This harbor is heavily used because there is no local water supply and much of the water still has to be brought in along with fuel for all the vehicle (land, sea and air) as well as the generators. While there is some recreational fishing going on, the two thousand people on the island require regular food deliveries from the mainland.

China completes runway on Fiery Cross Reef

24 September 2015

  • China has completed the runway on Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea and is moving closer to making it operational. Airbus Defence and Space imagery taken on 20 September shows helipads and bearings – of 050° at one end and 230° the other – painted on the 3,125 m-long runway on the newly created island.

Chinese scientists’ new ‘super-strong foam’ could form lightweight tank and troop armour

24 September, 2015

  • Chinese scientists have discovered a “super material” that is as light as a balloon yet as strong as metal, which could be developed by the mainland’s military into armour that protects troops and tanks without sacrificing mobility, a mainland study reports. The foam-like material was created when tiny tubes of graphene were formed into a cellular structure that had the same stability as a diamond, said the study led by researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Shanghai Institute of Ceramics.

U.S. Says Chinese Sub That Can Hit U.S. on Patrol Soon

September 23, 2015

  • A Chinese nuclear submarine designed to carry missiles that can hit the U.S. is likely to deploy before year’s end, the Pentagon said, adding to Obama administration concerns over China’s muscle-flexing in Asia. China’s navy is expected this year to conduct the first patrol of its Jin-class nuclear-powered submarine armed with JL-2 submarine-launched ballistic missiles, the Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency said in a statement. It declined to give its level of confidence on when the new boat will be deployed, or the status of the missile.

China, U.S. sign annexes on military crisis reporting, encounters in air


  • BEIJING, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) — China and the United States have signed annexes to two agreements regarding major military operations and naval and air force encounters. They signed the annexes respectively about “notification of military crisis” and “encounters in the air” to two “mutual trust mechanisms”, a reporting system on major military operations and a code of safe conduct on naval and air force encounters, on Sept. 18, a Defense Ministry spokesperson revealed on Thursday.

Chinese Air-To-Air Missile Hits Targets, Spooks USAF General

September 22, 2015

  • Beyond visual range air-to-air missiles (BVRAAM) are long-range missiles used by fighters to knock out enemy fighters, bombers, tankers, drones and other aircraft from ranges beyond 30km. On September 15, 2015, China successfully test fired its latest iteration, the PL-15, firing from a fighter to destroy a target drone. The PL-15 is developed by the 607 Institute. It is the replacement for China’s current BVRAAM, the radar guided, PL-12, which reportedly has a range of approximately 100km. Compared to the PL-12, the PL-15 has an improved active radar seeker and jam-resistant datalinks, along with a dual pulse rocket motor to extend its range.

PLA’s fourth Type 071 landing dock to be deployed to East China Sea


  • Yimengshan, the PLA Navy’s fourth Type 071 amphibious transport dock, will be assigned to the East Sea Fleet in December of this year according to the Beijing-based Sina Military Network on Sept. 21.

Artillery Troops Conduct Confrontation Drill in NW China

Sep 20, 2015

  • Artillery troops of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) conducted confrontation drill recently in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, northwest China, as part of the “Firepower-2015 Qingtongxia” live-fire military exercises.

PLA Infantry Brigades Conduct Live-fire Drill in NE China

Sep 20, 2015

  • Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) infantry brigades recently conducted a live-ammunition drill in northeast China.

Thorn in Pentagon’s Side: China’s New J-11D Jets Boast Advanced Features


  • “Are short-range American tactical fighters relevant in the Pacific theatre?” US defense expert Dave Majumdar asks, adding that F-22 Raptors and F-35 Joint Strike Fighters could be outperformed by the sheer numbers of Chinese jets.
  • The expert elaborated that the J-11D is purportedly using radar absorbent materials in order to “reduce the jet’s signature” and is equipped with an infrared search-and-track system (IRST) and revamped electronic warfare systems. In addition, the J-11D boasts China’s most advanced WS-10 jet engine.

China Reveals Air-to-Air Missile for Its Fifth-Generation Fighter Jet


  • Speaking on a Chinese television broadcast last month, Liang Xiaogeng was able to provide more concrete details. Weighing in at nearly 200 pounds, the 10-foot PL-10 features “world-class” capabilities. After being in development for the past seven years, the missile has a range of 12 miles.
  • According to Liang, the missile also includes “multi-element imaging infrared seeker with anti-jamming capabilities” and off-boresight attacks. So far, the PL-10 has already been successfully test-fired 30 times. This isn’t Liang’s first rodeo. He’s also worked on LEOC’s PL-9C, an infrared/helmet-sighted air-to-air missile, and served as chief designer for the medium-range PL-12.

China and Malaysia hold naval exercise in Strait of Malacca


  • A joint naval exercise has been launched by the China’s PLA Navy and the Royal Malaysian Navy in the Strait of Malacca for Sept. 17-22, according to the state-run China News Service. The PLA has deployed the Lanzhou, a Type 052C guided-missile destroyer; the Yueyang, a Type 054A frigate and the Peace Ark, a Type 920 hospital ship, as well as seven aircraft and 1,160 military personnel to take part in the exercise, the largest it has ever held with a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The exercise is also the first joint wargame between China and Malaysia, the report added.

Stealthier Stealth? Seventh Upgraded Chinese Stealth Fighter Prototype Aims to take Flight

September 16, 2015

  • Notably, this prototype shows how the program is advancing its design and capabilities through the stages of testing and development, a sharp contrast to how parallel US 5th generation jet fighter programs have pushed off most upgrades to the future, in order to try to keep initial costs down. The runway photos show several key differences compared to the older J-20s, as Chinese engineers work overtime to optimize the J-20’s performance for its projected 2017 debut. Most interesting are the J-20’s engines. Compared to its “2014” and “2015” predecessors, the J-20’s fuselage contains more of engine’s surface area inside the stealthy fuselage, which would provide greater rearwards stealth for the J-20 against enemy radar.

PLA may use electric reactive armor on tanks: Global Times


  • The People’s Liberation Army may eventually equip its main battle tanks with electric reactive armor to prevent damage from anti-tank weapons, reports China’s Global Times. Electric reactive armor is usually made of two electrical plates separated by an insulator to make a high-power capacitor. When a tank using the armor is hit by an incoming object such as a rocket or missile, it will discharge electricity from the capacitor to vaporize the object. The discharge is claimed to be powerful to turn the incoming object into plasma, said the report.

China Seeks Super Sailors

September 15, 2015

  • Since the 1990s China has been building a navy unlike any that China has ever had before. This is a high seas (or “blue water”) fleet. In the past China only possessed a coastal force but that is changing. That was pretty obvious when the Chinese Navy released a new recruiting video in early August. This one showed large new Chinese warships operating far from China. The crews were depicted a young, bright and dedicated. China needs to attract high-quality men (and some women) to make these ships work. That has proved difficult because China has no tradition of making a career in a navy that spends a lot of time far from home. So the navy is spending a lot of money and effort to create an image as a modern and exciting place for smart young Chinese to be. It is unclear how successful this campaign is but it is known that the Chinese military has always had a hard time attracting the smartest and most capable young Chinese.

Eighteenth century-style ‘copper-bottomed’ warships may be the future of China’s navy

15 September, 2015

  • A ground-breaking new innovation in steel production by Chinese scientists may help the country’s future warships and submarines move fast and last longer than their foreign counterparts. The new technology could also save hundreds of billions of yuan in damage and corrosion that stainless steel typically underwent when exposed to seawater, according to researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Metal Research in Shenyang, Liaoning province.

Satellite images suggest China ‘building third airstrip’ in South China Sea

September 15, 2015

  • Greg Poling, the director of CSIS’s Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, said that China had reclaimed a flat rectangle of land with a retaining wall about 3,000 meters (3,280 yards) in length on Mischief Reef. It’s similar to airstrips that China has been building on artificial islands at the Fiery Cross and Subi reefs in the contested Spratly Islands.

AVIC begins work on new attack helicopter


  • China has begun to develop a fourth-generation attack helicopter and expects to deliver it to the People’s Liberation Army around 2020, according to Aviation Industry Corp of China.

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

September 11, 2015

  • A report in says that at the upcoming Tianjin Helicopter Exposition, China will showcase its new Wozhou-16 turboshaft engine and the model of a 5000kw turboshaft it is developing. China’s WZ-10 armed helicopter is regarded as better than the U.S. AH-64 Apache, but lacked a powerful engine so that it could not operate fully to its designed capacities.

PLA upgrades ELINT capability with Y-9JB reconnaissance plane


  • The People’s Liberation Army’s new electronic intelligence (ELINT) gathering aircraft, the Y-9JB, is a major upgrade on its predecessors and reflects the emphasis China is placing on electronic reconnaissance capabilities, says the Beijing-based Sina Military Network. The Y-9JB, also known as the GX-8 — which literally means the “High New 8” — is the ELINT variant of the Shaanxi Y-9 mid-sized transport aircraft. It is said to possess significant advancements over China’s first-generation electronic reconnaissance planes, the Y-8DZ or GX-2 and the Y-8G or GX-3.

Special Operations: China Commended Its Competent Commandos

September 11, 2015

  • Throughout 2015 China has been, for the first time, publicizing and revealing details of their special operations (commando) forces. This has included confirming that some of these commandos have been sent to troublesome areas like Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan to protect Chinese diplomats. These commandos were noticed because suddenly the Chinese diplomats seemed to have much more efficient security details. Chinese commando detachments have also been sent along on warships assigned to the anti-piracy patrol off Somalia. Commandos are also believe to have been quietly and unobtrusively included with Chinese peacekeeping forces, especially those sent to really dangerous areas like South Sudan. Other unofficial commando assignments appear to have occurred in parts of Africa where Chinese economic interests require some extra protection. Apparently satisfied that this relatively new (especially for China) type of soldier was performing well the government decided to give the lads some deserved recognition.

China Plans ‘Celestial Military’ To Expand Space Warfare Capabilities

September 10, 2015

  • A new plan to upgrade China’s People’s Liberation Army includes details about setting up a “celestial military” to expand the country’s capabilities in space warfare, according to a Japanese newspaper. Sources say that, under the plan, the Chinese military’s strategic missile branch, the Second Artillery Corps, would combine with a “celestial military” to bolster its potential ability to conduct space warfare.

South China Sea: New Images Show Progress In Chinese Runway Construction

September 11 2015

  • New satellite images show China is making significant progress in constructing a runway on the Subi reef, in disputed territory in the South China Sea. The images show construction of a runway which, if completed, could provide China with another combat-capable air facility in the region.

China relaxes restrictions on weaponry research, production


  • BEIJING, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) — China has liberalized the market for research and production of weaponry by slashing restrictions on the types of arms that private firms are allowed to develop without licenses.

Joint anti-terrorism drill on China-Mongolia border

Small but Deadly: China Presents Z-19E Attack Helicopter


  • China unveiled an export version of its light Z-19 assault chopper several days before the start of the 2015 China International Helicopter Exposition. The helicopter can provide offensive air support and destroy the armored vehicles of any potential enemy with its “air-to-surface” armament including anti-tank missiles, a 23mm cannon and other weapons. It also has gun pods and can carry air-to-air missiles, and its tandem-seated cockpit is armored.

A closer look at China’s J-15 fighter jets

China’s New Bomber H-6k Represents Great Leap in Long Range Precision Strike

5 Chinese warships spotted off Alaska coast during President Obama’s visit

September 02, 2015

  • Five Chinese navy ships have been spotted in the Bering Sea, off the Alaska coast, coinciding with President Obama’s visit to the state, a senior defense official confirmed to Fox News. Navy Commander Bill Urban, a Pentagon spokesman, said Wednesday the sighting marked the first time ships from the People’s Liberation Army Navy were seen in the Bering Sea.

Essay: Inside the Design of China’s Yuan-class Submarine

August 31, 2015

  • China’s evolving submarine force is a topic worthy of sober examination and debate. However, for the discussion to be useful in informing both national policy-makers and citizenry alike, the content must be based on accurate data and sound analysis. Unfortunately, both are often found wanting when it comes to English-language reporting on the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). A recent USNI News essay, continues this trend. In the essay, Henry Holst, argues that the Type 039A/B Yuan-class submarine was “designed primarily as an anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM) platform capable of hiding submerged for long periods of time in difficult to access shallow littorals.”

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

August 29, 2015

  • says in its report that the land-based version of the YJ-18 is now using a new generation of Changjian-XX ground-to-surface and ground-to-ground cruise missile and an anti-ship missile, which is able to sink an Aegis destroyer.
  • The missile cruises at a subsonic speed of Mach 0.8 and at an altitude of 4.6 metres until it is 40 to 55 km away from its target. Then it separates from its rear part and accelerates to Mach 2.9 within the 40-km range of the missile defence of its target warship, leaving its target warship not enough time to respond. It has the anti-radiation capability to destroy 60% of the electronic system of its target warship even if it explodes 50 metres away from its target warship.

China Prepares to Build Jet Faster Than Legendary US Spy Plane?


  • On August 25, a report in the Chinese newspaper China Aviation News described a planned project to build China’s first domestically-made turbofan-ramjet combined cycle engine, designed for an unnamed aircraft. “The description of this engine suggests something resembling the Pratt & Whitney J58 variable cycle engine used by the SR-71 Blackbird, which is also often described as a turbofan-ramjet engine, due to its unique bleed from the compressor to the afterburner which allows for increased thrust at high speeds,” China Aviation News wrote.

China ready to launch military power from artificial islands in South China Sea

August 31, 2015

  • China has won the first round of its contest for control in the South China Sea by completing construction of an archipelago of artificial islands, say senior Australian sources. And there is little that will stop China from winning the next round, too, as an indecisive US Administration and allies including Australia struggle to follow through on earlier promises to challenge unlawful Chinese claims with “freedom of navigation” exercises, the sources say.

PLA’s DF-26 can reach targets in the Central Pacific: expert


  • The military parade to be held in Beijing on Sep. 3 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of China’s victory over Japan will be the first time for the People’s Liberation Army to demonstrate many of its advanced weapon systems including DF-16 short-range, solid propellant ballistic missile and DF-26 to the public. Kashin also said that some upgraded versions of China’s DF-21 anti-ship missile and DF-31 intercontinental ballistic missile may also be shown to the world during the event according to Kashin.

China’s PLA to debut in New Zealand-led Pacific military drill


  • WELLINGTON, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) — Troops from China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) are to join a New Zealand-led military exercise that carries out development and humanitarian work in Pacific island nations for the first time this year, a New Zealand defense official said Friday.

PLA Military Drill “Joint Action-2015 C” Enters Real Confrontation Phase

Aug 27, 2015

  • The military drill of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) coded “Joint Action-2015B” entered the real confrontation phase in south China’s Guangdong Province. The drill was initiated by the PLA Guangzhou Military Area Command and conducted mainly by the 42nd Group Army, joined by soldiers from the army, navy, air force and second artillery force.

Chinese Navy drills: missiles, subs & jets in action

Aug 28, 2015

  • The Chinese Navy carried out a live-ammunition confrontation drill in the East China Sea on Thursday, involving more than 100 warships and dozens of aircraft. The drill involved shore-based missiles, surface ships, aircraft and submarines.

China, Australia, U.S. to begin trilateral military exercise


  • BEIJING, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) — China, Australia and the United States will conduct a trilateral military exercise in Australia on Thursday.

China to hold drills with Malaysia in Malacca Strait

August 27, 2015

  • BEIJING (Reuters) – China will hold joint military drills next month with Malaysia in the strategic Strait of Malacca, and will also hold training exercises with Australia and the United States in Australia, China’s Defence Ministry said on Thursday.

China conducts air, sea drills in East China Sea

Aug 27, 2015

  • China conducted large-scale air and sea exercises in the East China Sea on Thursday, state news agency Xinhua said, the third time in the last two months it has carried out such live-fire maritime drills. The training involved more than 100 ships, dozens of aircraft, information warfare units as well the firing of close to 100 missiles, Xinhua said.

China Conducts Fifth Test of Hypersonic Glide Vehicle

August 21, 2015

  • The latest test of what the Pentagon calls the Wu-14 hypersonic glide vehicle was carried out from the Wuzhai missile test range in central China. The test was judged successful, according to defense officials familiar with details of the event. Additionally, officials said the glide vehicle, which travels along the edge of the earth’s atmosphere, demonstrated a new capability: evasive actions.

U.S. Subs Play a Dangerous Game of Hide-and-Seek With China

Aug 22, 2015

  • Don’t look now, but China has a new warship in its fleet. It’s tailor-made for hunting U.S. submarines — and just might give us a clue as to what defense contracts will be coming out of the Pentagon next.

China Commissioned the 19th Type 054A Frigate Handan (579) with PLAN North Sea Fleet

22 August 2015

  • According to the official journal of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) the Type 054A (NATO reporting name Jiangkai II class) Frigate Handan (hull number 579), was commissioned on August 19 with China’s North Sea Fleet. It is the 19th Type 054A Frigate to join the PLAN. The Frigate keel was laid in September 2013 and launched in July 2014 by Huangpu naval shipyard in Guangzhou, Southern China.

China steps up land reclamation in South China Sea, Pentagon says

August 21, 2015

  • China’s land reclamation projects in the South China Sea have grown dramatically over the past few months and Beijing is patrolling the waters around its territorial claims to assert its power, according to a report issued by the Pentagon Thursday. The Wall Street Journal, citing the newly released report, writes that China has reclaimed 2,900 acres of land mass across the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea as of June. The territorial claims are up 50 percent from May, according to the report.

China’s Home-made Drone’s Live-fire Missile Test Made Public

Aug 20, 2015

  • China on Thursday for the first time made public the video footage of one of its home-made drones Wing Loong’s live fire missile test. In the live-fire missile test conducted in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in late July, Wing Loong, a typical made-in-China military drone, fired eight kinds of weapons at intended targets.

Ten-day Live-fire Military Drill Concluded in E China

Aug 21, 2015

  • A ten-day live-fire military drill conducted by China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in the eastern city of Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, concluded on Thursday. Coded “Joint Action-2015B,” the drill was organized by the PLA Nanjing Military Area Command.

China Challenging All Foundations of US Military Power: Ex-US Official

August 20, 2015

  • Since the end of the World War II, U.S. military superiority has relied on three major foundations, Trey Obering, the former director of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), told an audience at the Hudson Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. These were superior strategic intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities (ISR); the ability to project power globally; and an overwhelming dominant technological advantage across a spectrum of conflict. But China, Obering said, was now challenging all three of these major foundations of American power.

Djibouti boots US from military base, gives it to China: report


  • China is about to take over a military base from the United States in the small East African nation of Djibouti, according to the website of China’s nationalistic tabloid the Global Times. Djibouti reportedly ordered the US to vacate the Obock military base so that it can be turned over the People’s Liberation Army. According to US-based magazine CounterPunch, the announcement was made in May, a day after US secretary of state John Kerry visited the country.

China developed active radar on par with F-22’s in 2009: report


  • Lin Youquan, chief scientist of the state-owned China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC), told the magazine that his team developed the country’s first X-band active phased array fire-control radar as early as six years ago. Their efforts in developing this revolutionary piece of technology earned the team National Science and Technology Progress Awards in 2009 and 2010, Lin said.

Chinese researchers hope metamaterials can lead to ‘invisible’ jet


  • Metamaterials are artificially structured materials designed to control and manipulate physical phenomena such as light, radar, electromagnetic waves, sound waves and seismic waves. Their properties are derived from both the inherent properties from their base materials as well as the way they are assembled, such as the design of their shape, geometry, size, orientation and arrangement. According to the report, the potential applications of metamaterials are extremely broad, and projects being considered by Chinese researchers include notebook-sized satellite antennae, flexible ceramics, defensive walls that can reduce the impact of earthquakes and tsunamis, smart shoes capable of sensing terrain, and of course, invisible planes.

China Tests New Long-Range Missile with Two Guided Warheads

August 18, 2015

  • China conducted a flight test this month of its newest long-range missile that U.S. intelligence agencies say lofted two independently-targeted simulated nuclear warheads, according to defense officials.

J-20 may become China’s future stealth bomber: Duowei


  • The Chengdu J-20, China’s first fifth-generation stealth fighter, may be developed into the nation’s first stealth bomber in the future, overseas Chinese outlet Duowei News reported on Aug. 14. After the completion of the test flight of the sixth J-20 prototype known as 2015, it is expected to take a further two to three years for the fighter to enter service. It is the job of the Chengdu Aircraft Design Institute to decide what kind of aircraft the J-20 should become in the future. Earlier predictions said the J-20 may be developed as a carrier-based stealth fighter, but Shenyang Aircraft Corporation’s J-31 seems more suitable for that role.

PLA’s first-rate artillery force boasts high accuracy


  • Many of those who have heard about the prowess of the People’s Liberation Army’s rocket artillery force are still amazed when they visit Major Wang Peicheng’s battalion and learn about its capabilities. “The power of each of my battalion’s rocket launchers is equal to that of a whole battalion equipped with traditional artillery guns,” said Wang, political supervisor at one of the long-range rocket artillery battalions under the PLA Ji’nan Military Command. “To be specific, each rocket can cover and destroy a vast area equivalent to several football fields, while each launcher can fire more than 10 rockets within several minutes.

China Commissioned the 2nd Type 052D Destroyer Changsha (173) with PLAN South Sea Fleet

16 August 2015

  • According to the official journal of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) the Type 052D (NATO reporting name Luyang III class) destroyer Yangsha (hull number 173), was just commissioned on August 12 with China’s South Sea Fleet. The vessel is now homeported at Yulin Naval Base located in the Yalong Bay (city of Sanya) on Hainan island. Changsha is the second Type 052D Destroyer to join the PLAN. It was launched just four months after head of the class Kunming (172) but was commissioned much later (Kunming was commissioned in March last year as we reported).

A Frightening Thought: China Erodes America’s Submarine Advantage

August 17, 2015

  • In January 2011, the cover of the Chinese naval magazine 现代舰船 [Modern Ships], which is published by giant state-owned shipbuilding conglomerate CSIC, carried a simple and elegant headline: “056来了” [The 056 has arrived]. In an impressive display of shipbuilding muscle, Beijing has proceeded in the 4.5 years that followed in building nearly 20 of this new type of light frigate or corvette.

PLA’s Joint Action-2015B Drill Kicks off in E China

Aug 14, 2015

  • China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) recently started the “Joint Action-2015B” drill in the east China city of Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province. The drill, part of the “Joint Action-2015” series, is organized by the PLA Nanjing Military Area Command, involving the personnel from the army, navy and the air force.

Chinese Troops Conduct Drill to Test Live-fire Operation Capability

Aug 14, 2015

  • Troops in the “Stride 2015 Zhurihe F” exercise of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) recently tested their live-fire fighting capability in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. After receiving the intelligence information from the detection squad, the army aviation guide of the red side ordered attacks on the simulated enemy, the blue side. Gunships bombarded the exposed ground targets hard. The tank squad, along with the detection and site-clearing squads, attacked the blue side’s defending power to open up a passageway for the follow-up troops.

PLA’s new DF-5B liquid-fuel ICBM ‘can hit any target on Earth’


  • The People’s Liberation Army’s current or in-development arsenal of long-range strategic intercontinental missiles (ICBMs) are led by the DF-31A, the DF-41 and the JL-2, all of which feature solid-fuel rockets. The DF-31A, with a range of 10,000 kilometers, can reach the west coast of the United States. The DF-41 has a longer operational range of 12,000-15,000 kilometers and can carry three or more warheads, though the missile is still in the testing phase. The JL-2, which has an estimated operation of up to 8,000 km, can only be fired from a submarine at sea.

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

August 13, 2015

  • In its report, says that the new electronic variant of the JH-7 fighter/bomber is able to shoot down stealth aircraft at medium range. The new JH-7 uses technology similar to the US EA-18G and is able to shoot down the US F-22 stealth fighter jet.

China on a quest to develop VTOL aircraft technology: Sina Military


  • China is working hard to develop a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft for strategic and economic purposes, reports the Beijing-based Sina Military Network. Citing the Kanwa Defense Review, a Canada-based Chinese-language military magazine, the report said China is believed to have been developing VTOL technology for more than a decade already but appears to be another 15-20 years away from a finished product.

China Builds Massive Missile Launching System Praised For Speed And Distance

August 11 2015

  • A military vehicle thought to be the largest ever built by China and capable of transporting and launching missiles was reportedly spotted Tuesday by a driver in the East Asian country. The missile system, known as the Transport Erector Launcher, is capable of quickly firing cruise, surface-to-air and ballistic missiles.

War in Space May Be Closer Than Ever

August 10, 2015

  • Testifying before Congress earlier this year, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper echoed the concerns held by many senior government officials about the growing threat to U.S. satellites, saying that China and Russia are both “developing capabilities to deny access in a conflict,” such as those that might erupt over China’s military activities in the South China Sea or Russia’s in Ukraine. China in particular, Clapper said, has demonstrated “the need to interfere with, damage and destroy” U.S. satellites, referring to a series of Chinese anti-satellite missile tests that began in 2007.

China’s first domestically built amphibious plane to debut in 2016

Aug 10, 2015

  • China’s first domestically developed amphibious aircraft, the AG600, is likely to make its debut in the first half of 2016.

3 Types of Homemade Artillery on Their First Open Show

Aug 10, 2015

  • Three types of homegrown artillery made their first open firing practice recently to demonstrate China’s most advanced level in the development of ground conventional weapons. The three types of artillery, developed by China North Industries Group Corporation, are large caliber rocket artillery, multiple rocket artillery and self-propelled howitzer. The three artillery all hit the designated targets in the demonstration.

Arms race goes hypersonic


  • In one test, a missile built by Boeing flew more than 230 miles in just four minutes. In another, a prototype designed by Lockheed Martin blasted off like a rocket and streaked back through the atmosphere at more than 20 times the speed of sound. China has reportedly tested its version over a lake in Inner Mongolia. And in February, Russia joined the fray when it tested a model that intelligence experts assert could be designed to carry a nuclear warhead. Such hypersonic weapons, intended to attack targets many times faster than the speed of sound — before a defender could even react — have become the newest hope for military commanders seeking to gain an edge over potential adversaries. While most details and the level of funding remains classified, some predict they could be perfected within the next five years.

Chinese military stage live-fire exercises

August 10, 2015

  • BEIJING (AP) — China’s military is staging live-firing exercises in the country’s west as part of a series of drills involving more than 140,000 troops, state media reported Tuesday. The “Joint Action-2015D” exercises in the Chengdu Military Region are the first of five such drills involving units from the army, navy, air force, missile corps and other branches of the armed forces, the Xinhua News Agency said.

Chinese Military Seeks Jungle Warfare Training From Brazil

August 10 2015

  • Chinese military officials have asked for assistance developing jungle warfare training capabilities from Brazil. Brazilian officials at the Centro de Instruçao de Guerra na Selva (CIGS), the nation’s jungle warfare training center, revealed this week that China had formally requested help training its troops in jungle warfare.
  • “They have now asked us to provide a number of trainers and our jungle warfare training expertise to assist them in developing their own program in China,” Marques de Araújo said, reported Defense News on Sunday.

China wants to build giant floating islands in the South China Sea

Aug. 10, 2015

  • VLSFs have a number of uses. The artificial islands can be used as fake islands for touristic purposes, or can also be constructed to function as piers, military bases, or even floating airports, Navy Recognition notes. But China’s proposed VLSFs would have a purpose-built design that would allow the platforms to function as floating military bases. According to Popular Science, their modular Lego block-like design allows for the islands to be easily constructed far away from port. Additionally, the modular nature of the VLSFs ensure that the structures are highly compartmentalized. This ensures that the islands would be harder to sink as a large number of different modules would need to be damaged before a VLSF would become unseaworthy.

Long-range early warning system in Heilongjiang revealed


  • Photos of China’s long-range phased array warning system with a similar appearance to the US PAVE PAWS have been revealed by the Guancha Syndicate, a political website based in Shanghai, on Aug. 7. The photos taken last May indicate that China has the capability to develop its own version of a long-range warning radar like the United States and Russia. Established at an unknown space monitoring station in Heilongjiang province in the country’s northeast, the long-range radar system is able to detect targets 5,500 kilometers away. It can be used to direct the People’s Liberation Army’s air defense missiles to intercept incoming ballistic missiles.

China ramps up joint military exercises


  • CHENGDU, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) — A joint military drill that started in late July entered a live fire stage on Monday in a plateau area in southwest China’s Sichuan Province. Coded “Joint Action-2015D,” the drill was organized by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Chengdu Military Area Command. It is the first of five similar drills that will involve a total of more than 140,000 soldiers from over 140 PLA regiments of various types.

Chinese navy targets college graduates for recruitment

Aug 6, 2015

  • China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is driving a campaign to attract highly educated young people in this year’s recruitment period, including promo videos and posters at university campuses.

China reduces noise levels of nuclear submarines

August 8, 2015

  • A report on Chinese news site says that China has mastered the technology of soft Coupling and other vibration reduction technology (raft anti-vibration technology) for its nuclear submarines. This involves the use of sound-proofing foam material and anechoic tiles to reduce the noise level of the 09-IIIB to 120-130 decibels. The use of 7-blade propellers in most Chinese submarines has further reduced the noise level.

China develops ability to intercept Inter-Continental Ballistic missiles

August 8, 2015

  • SHANGHAI (Web Desk) – China’s Science and Technology Daily magazine reports that China has now developed the capacity to intercept ICBMs. It has published a report of China’s advances in laser technology, spearheaded by China’s top laser scientist Cheng Yong’s, which have enabled the interception by Chinese military, China Daily Mail reported. The report says that Cheng Yong and his team have been making breakthroughs in strategic technology vital to the development of photoelectric equipment such as adjust-free laser, DLC film prepared by laser deposition and coherent combination of mutual injection, etc.
  • Cheng has tackled problems that even US experts find difficult, including making the world’s first adjustment-free solid laser. In 2000, Cheng found that China’s infrared window, the eye of China’s large weapon for interception, was not hard enough to resist injury or chemically stable enough to resist erosion, and it became “blind” under hypersonic speed. To remedy this, he spent four years developing DLC film prepared by laser deposition. The film was used in China’s new ICBM defence missile to increase its speed by 30%. In 2011, the missile successfully passed a test to intercept an ICBM in mid-course.

Fifth Generation Super Weapons to Significantly Increase China’s Air Power


  • Since 2008, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has worked to design and manufacture fifth generation jet plain design concepts, both for its own use and to sell on a global scale. The Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group (J-20) and the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (J-31) are subsidiaries of the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). These two companies have been working on the designs of the super jets.

Beijing South China Sea Military Expansion: World’s Largest Aircraft Carrier Dock Helps China Expand Naval Ambitions

August 03 2015

  • China has reportedly built the world’s largest aircraft carrier dock at its naval base in the South China Sea. The 700 meter-long dock is able to accommodate ships on both sides, allowing it to service two aircraft carriers or other large ships at the same time. “The onshore support facilities include docking ports for the aircraft carriers, airports, training facilities and so on,” said Yang Yujun, a spokesperson for China’s Defense Ministry, during a press conference Friday. China’s state-run media has reported that the dock was built in 2014 and that “the base incorporates a pier that can dock large ships on both sides.” Aircraft carrier docks used by the United States and Japan are between 400 and 430 meters long.

Pictures circulate of new Chinese helicopter assault ship

August 3, 2015

  • A 3D model of a proposed Chinese assaultship attributed to a PLAN website. Source: SuppliedSource:Supplied
  • The images show an aircraft-carrier like design with the ability to concurrently land-on and fly-off between four to six helicopters. The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) model is shown carrying Russian Ka-29 helicopters, a type China has not yet acquired. It is also shown to include a large welldeck — an enclosed platform which can hold several landing craft to move heavy vehicles and troops from the ship to the shore. The design reportedly displaces 36,000 tonnes. Australia’s new Canberra-class Landing Helicopter Docks (LHDs) weigh in at 27,000 tonnes and Japan’s new Izumo-class “Helicopter Destroyers” 25,000 tonnes.

Russia Yu-71, US Prompt Global Strike and China’s Wu-14 Hypersonic missile programs

August 01, 2015

  • China has conducted four flight tests of a 7,000 mile-per-hour maneuvering strike vehicle, and Russia is developing high-speed weapons and reportedly tested a hypersonic weapon in February.

China’s Growing Maritime Power May Look Like Mini US Navy by 2020


  • Recently, Rear Admiral Michael McDevitt, now a senior fellow at the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA), in a recent paper delivered at a two-day CNA conference on Chinese maritime power, suggested that by 2020 China’s navy will increasingly look like a smaller version of the US Navy and will be “the second most capable ‘far seas’ navy in the world,” reports The Diplomat.
  • In five years, the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) capabilities will surpass most other navies – China would have as many aircraft carriers as Britain and India, more nuclear attack submarines than either Britain or France, and as many AEGIS-like destroyers as all the other non-US navies combined.

China’s Super Weapons: Beware the J-20 and J-31 Stealth Fighters

August 1, 2015

  • Since 2008 the PRC has worked to design and manufacture fifth generation concepts, both for its own use and to sell on a global scale. Two companies in China have worked on designs: the Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group (J-20) and the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (J-31). Both are subsidiaries of the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). It is likely that the J-20 and J-31 will complement one another when integrated into the PLAAF’s arsenal. The J-20 is closer to becoming operational, with an inaugural test flight in 2011; it is expected to reach initial operating capability (IOC) by 2018. Because both jets are still in prototype stage, their exact capabilities are not certain. However, it is speculated that the J-20 will provide a long-range strike system capable of reaching anywhere in the Western Pacific region, and incorporate a stealth design; the first of its kind in the PRC. In a conflict, the J-20 would likely be deployed in air-to-air combat with the mission of limiting the enemy’s radar coverage and strike range. The J-31 could be a potent complement to the J-20, similar to the planned U.S. partnership of the F-22 and F-35. While the J-20 is expected to possess superior dogfighting abilities, the J-31 will be “the perfect fighter for the PLA to carry out anti-access area-denial (A2AD) strategies in the Western Pacific”. The J-20 is slightly faster, with a maximum speed of Mach 2.5 compared to Mach 2 for the J-31. Both sport a combat radius of approximately 2000km (1242 miles).

South China Sea: Satellite Imagery Shows Intensive Chinese Building

July 31, 2015

  • Satellite imagery of Subi Reef in the Spratly Islands taken July 18, 2015 shows intensive preparation of terrain for a likely airstrip. A straight segment of reef that China has filled in with sand can easily accommodate a runway more than three kilometers long. At a width of approximately 250 meters, this straight segment also could accommodate a runway accompanied by a parallel taxiway like that recently constructed by China at Fiery Cross Reef; the total width of the Fiery Cross runway plus taxiway is approximately 125 meters, with a runway width of 54 meters. (For comparison, the primary runway at the B-52-hosting Andersen Air Force Base on Guam is 3,414 meters long and 61 meters wide.)

Second Artillery Corps can be used against enemy aircraft carrier: Yin Zhuo


  • During the exercise, the abilities of China’s Type 052C, Type 052D guided-missile destroyers and Type 054A guided missile frigates to defeat enemy aircraft, missile and electronic reconnaissance were tested under the coordination of the navy’s air force and the Second Artillery Corps. Yin Zhou said that the Chinese warships successfully disabled the radar systems of the enemy early warning aircraft with the assistance of the electronic warfare units in Guangzhou Military Region. At the same time, the exercise allowed the Second Artillery Corps to test its own anti-ship ballistic missile such as the DF-21 as well. Known as the carrier killer, the DF-21D was developed Changfeng Mechanics and Electronics Technology Academy particularily to sink large warship. Yin Zhuo said those missiles are extremely hard to intercept after they are launched. The Second Artillery Corps has the right to deploy those missiles when China’s homeland and islands were attacked, he said.

China to build 40,000-ton amphibious assault ship: Kanwa


  • To compete against the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s Izumo-class helicopter destroyers, China is planning to build a new class of amphibious assault ship with a displacement of 40,000 tons, according to Kanwa Defense Review, a Canada-based Chinese-language military magazine. China displayed the model of its 40,000-ton super large amphibious assault ship, known as M1, during the Sixth International Offshore Engineering Technology & Equipment Exhibition held in Beijing in April. Unlike the 28,000-ton Izumo-class, designed with five helicopter landing spots on its flight deck, the M1 has six. While the Izumo can carry a total number of 14 aircraft, how many the M1 can carry remains a mystery.

China may use microwave weapon against maritime rivals


  • China is likely to deploy its newly designed WB-1 microwave directed energy weapon against Philippine and Vietnamese vessels in the contested South China Sea, according to the state run Reference News on July 27. The WB-1 was originally developed as millimeter-wave beam-projecting non-lethal anti-riot system by the China Poly Group Corporation based in Beijing. With an effective range of 80 meters, it can project the millimeter-wave beam to heat water molecules below the skin causing intense pain, the UK-based IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly reported in November 2014. The weapon’s attack range can be increased to one kilometer when its transmitting power is increased.

Beware China’s ‘Basing’ Strategy: Former US Navy Chief

July 29, 2015

  • China is developing a widening network of strategic ‘bases’ that further heightens the challenge it poses to the United States, a former U.S. naval chief told a conference Tuesday. Beijing has already sought to secure access and rights in strategic countries to boost its influence and support its naval forces as it deploys them further out for patrols in the Indian Ocean or anti-piracy operations in the Horn of Africa. These include ports in Oman, Pakistan and Djibouti.

Stride 2015: China’s Best Troops Take On A Grueling Combat Simulation

July 29, 2015

  • Stride 2015 is this year’s annual exercise where Chinese mechanized brigades are rotated to the Zhurihe Training Base in Inner Mongolia, to be pitted in grueling simulated combat against Zhurihe’s resident “Blue Force”. The Blue Force, the 195th Mechanized Infantry Brigade, is supposed to simulate the tactics and operations of NATO ground forces like the U.S. Army; the exercise moderators supply them with the location of visiting forces, judicious airstrikes, and the occasional nuclear strike. It’s a tough slog. In Stride 2014, only one visiting brigade was able to defeat the Blue Force, at the cost of 50% casualties.
  • To simulate real-time combat without actually blowing up tanks, each infantry man and vehicle at Zhurihe is equipped with a location transponder, laser transmitters, and laser receiver, similar to the U.S. Army’s MILES training kit. Laser transmitters are mounted on gun and cannon barrels to be “fired” at enemy units and personnel; a successful hit will be registered by said unit’s laser receiver. Transponders allow for the exercise referees to radio in the location of Red Forces to the Blue Force, simulating the usage of enemy drones and spy satellites.

China converting old frigates into coastguard cutters

27 July 2015

  • Work appears to be underway to modify a number of Type 053H2G ‘Jiangwei I’-class frigates for transfer from the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) to the China Coast Guard.
  • According to IHS Jane’s Fighting Ships , four ships of the ‘Jiangwei I’ class were built and commissioned between 1991 and 1994. With a length of 112 m and beam of 12 m, the ships displace around 2,300 tonnes in naval guise, with 2 shafts driven by two diesel engines.

China building runway on Subi reef

Jul 28, 2015

  • China has finished dredging sand and coral on a reef in the South China Sea, and is now laying concrete for a 3km runway. High-resolution photos taken by satellite mapping firm Digital Globe on July 18 showed only two dredgers on Subi reef, part of the Spratly archipelago in the southern half of the South China Sea. But there were 54 large supply ships at Subi, up from 38 on June 5. There were also more concrete transport trucks on the island that China has created so far on the reef: 34, up from 20.

China sent more than 100 ships and a dozen planes for live-ammunition drills in the South China Sea

Jul. 28, 2015

  • China said it conducted air and sea drills in the South China Sea on Tuesday as it stakes an increasingly assertive claim to virtually the whole sea despite rival claims by neighbors. The live-ammunition drills involved more than 100 ships, dozens of aircraft, information warfare units as well as the nuclear force, the state-backed China Military Online said in a report posted on the defense ministry’s website.
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Defence cooperation: Pakistan to buy eight submarines from China

July 24, 2015

  • ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and China on Thursday agreed to a multi-billion dollar deal that would see Beijing provide eight submarines to the Pakistan Navy, in an agreement that analysts are calling the largest-ever defence deal China has agreed to with any country.

China commissions second Type 052D DDG, pushes ahead with frigate, corvette launches

21 July 2015

  • People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) watchers report that the second of the Type 052D ‘Luyang III’ class destroyers, Yangsha (pennant number 173), was commissioned in mid-July and joined China’s South Sea Fleet.

China Beefing Up Its Anti-Submarine Warfare Capabilities


  • China is plugging the gap in its anti-submarine warfare in order to protect “the first island chain” where many of its naval and mainland targets are located, Stratfor reports.
  • Until recently China has been relying on Type 037 submarine chasers which are largely ineffective against modern deep diving nuclear submarines and has not got enough anti-submarine helicopters, using mostly “lightweight Z-9Cs” and “somewhat more capable Ka-28 types.” But since the beginning of the 21st century China has focused on its anti-submarine capabilities, ramping the production of anti-submarine corvettes, equipping its multi-role surface vessels with depth sonars, anti-submarine torpedoes and increasing the number of helicopters.

PLA does live-fire excercise in response to US surveillance mission


  • After Admiral Scott Swift, commander of the US Pacific Fleet, joined a seven hour surveillance flight over the South China Sea, China’s PLA Navy launched a large live-fire exercise in the disputed region with dozens of its most advanced warships, China’s nationalist tabloid, the Global Times reports. The Global Times said that the exercise was done in order for China to demonstrate its determination to defend its maritime territory. In addition to Singapore’s Changi Naval Base, the Philippines has become a new staging area for the US to deploy its warships and aircraft to the South China Sea after Benigno S. Aquino III became the president there. At the request of Aquino, the Philippines opened up eight of its military bases to station US troops, aircraft, and warships.

China Pushes Forward Hypersonic Missile Tests

July 20, 2015

  • WASHINGTON—China has conducted four hypersonic weapons tests in just 18 months, a sign of its continued efforts to make advanced weapons.
  • China confirmed conducting test flights of the new hypersonic missile delivery vehicles, most recently on June 9, but Beijing insisted that the testing of these vehicles, capable of delivering nuclear warheads with record breaking speed, is “purely scientific and not targeted at any country.”

Dalian shipyard to build China’s first domestic aircraft carrier


  • China’s first domestically produced aircraft carrier will be built by Dalian Shipyard, Chinese media reported, adding that there are several reasons for it to become the building base for aircraft carriers.

China develops nonlethal, microwave energy-based weapon for crowd-management

Jul 18, 2015

  • BEIJING: China has developed a nonlethal, microwave-directed energy weapon that causes a unbearable burning sensation to its targets and can be used in crowd control, anti-pirate and anti-terrorism operations. The WB-1 MMW Denial System can cause unbearable pain without injury by projecting millimeter-wave beams onto a human body to excite the water molecules under the skin.

China begins to assemble world’s largest sea plane; meant to be deployed in South China Sea

18 Jul, 2015

  • BEIJING: China has started assembling the world’s largest amphibious aircraft which it plans to deploy in the disputed South China Sea besides aggressively marketing it abroad. China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co which is developing the aircraft has received 17 domestic orders for what will be the world’s largest sea plane, state-run China Daily reported today.
  • Powered by four turboprop engines, it will be the world’s largest amphibious aircraft, surpassing Japan’s ShinMaywa US-2 and Russia’s Beriev Be-200, Huang Lingcai, the chief designer of the plane said. The Chinese plane will have a maximum takeoff weight of 53.5 tons and an operational range of about 4,500 kilometers.

Z-18F anti-submarine helicopter ready to serve on Liaoning


  • China is ready to put the Z-18F anti-submarine medium helicopter aboard the Liaoning, the PLA NAvy’s first aircraft carrier, according to the state-run Global Times on July 13. Designed based on the French Aerospatiale SA 321 Super Frelon, the Z-18, which was created by Changhe Aircraft Industries Corporation (CAIC), is a medium transport helicopter. It is a single-rotor helicopter powered by three improved WZ-6 turboshaft engines and has a maximum takeoff weight of 13.8 tons. CAIC produced two types of Z-18 helicopters for the PLA’s naval forces. One is the Z-18J which is used to carry out early warning operations while the other, the Z-18F, is to be used for anti-submarine warfare. Global Times said the “F” is short for “Fanqian” which means anti-sumbarine in Chinese.

China to Protect Maritime Territories and Resources


  • The Chinese government intends to invest heavily in its surveillance systems to protect its sovereign interests. The network of radar stations, underwater observation, tsunami warning and satellite operations systems will be online by 2020. Beijing has tasked the State Oceanic Administration and Disaster Prevention and Reduction Departments to enhance control over its polar, coastal exclusive economic zone and protect precious natural resources.

China Commissions First MLP-Like Logistics Ship, Headed For South Sea Fleet

July 14, 2015

  • Chinese state television reported that the ship, named the Donghaidao (868), has been assigned to the PLAN’s South Sea Fleet. The ship is similar in layout to the U.S. Military Sealift Command Mobile Landing Platform (MLP), although the Donghaidao is significantly smaller. The Chinese media listed the ship as measuring 576 feet long with a beam of 106 feet, compared to a 785-foot length and 164-foot beam for the MLP. PLAN’s version of the ship has a fully loaded displacement of 20,000 tons, compared to 78,000 tons for the American ship.

Updated Chinese Exoskeletons Could One Day Go Into Combat

July 17, 2015

  • The 202 Institute of China Ordnance Industry Group first displayed its exoskeleton at the November 2014 Zhuhai Airshow; showing off its flexibility. At a June 2015 presentation, the 202 Institute’s updated exoskeleton showed upgrades, including a larger battery pack on the back, strengthened legs and more powerful, hip mounted hydraulic/pneumatic pumps to power leg movement. The exoskeleton can allow the user to carry over 100 pounds, with enough charge to walk 20 kilometers at a speed of 4.5 km per hour (Lockheed Martin’s HULC also has similar speed and endurance figures). Other photos showed that the exoskeleton had enough flexibility to allow lateral ground movement; i.e. crawling in the mud while under enemy fire.

PLA’s Type 075-class amphibious landing helicopter assault ship revealed


  • Photos of a model of China’s new Type 075-class amphibious landing helicopter assault ship have recently been revealed on a Chinese military website, reports Hong Kong-based Phoenix Television on July 12. With a displacement of 40,000 tons, the Type 075-class amphibious landing helicopter assault ship has four take-off and landing spots dedicated to helicopters. Below the hanger of the vessel, there is a huge well deck designed to carry an unknown number of domestic air-cushioned landing craft. It looks very similar to the 25,000 ton amphibious landing helicopter assault ship displayed at the International Defence Exhibition held at Abu Dhabi in 2012.

PLA spends US$1.3bn on foreign weapon systems in 2014


  • A report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute published recently indicated that China’s People’s Liberation Army spent a total amount of US$1.36 billion last year to import weapon systems from various foreign nations, reports the Sina Military Network.

This semisubmersible cargo ship strengthens Beijing’s hand in the South China Sea

Jul. 10, 2015

  • China has added a semisubmersible ship to its naval fleet to strengthen the country’s presence in the disputed South China Sea, state television reported on Friday. The ship, which bears the number 868, can be used to transport small vessels and as a temporary dock to repair damaged naval ships, according to the official microblog of China Central Television (CCTV).

New ultrafast helicopters might be ready by 2025


  • China should produce prototypes of its two ultrafast helicopters within the next decade, the country’s chief helicopter designer said. “The development of advanced, new-concept helicopters has been included in national aviation industry plans and related experiments such as the wind tunnel tests are underway,” said Wu Ximing, chief helicopter designer at Aviation Industry Corp of China.
  • The Blue Whale’s edge will be its ultrafast speed – 700 kilometers per hour, which is twice the top speed of most current helicopters.

Chinese Team Tops in International Commando Competition

Jul 11, 2015

  • The airborne Leishen Commando of China’s air force won first place recently at “Altyn Yki-2015”, an international military competition held in Kazakhstan.

Liaoning carrier’s first battle group to be formed next year


  • China’s first aircraft carrier battle group is expected to be formed next year to make up for the shortcoming of the limited combat radius of the country’s existing fleets, according to China’s official news agency Xinhua. Citing the Military-Industrial Courier, a Russia-based weekly, the report said China’s first carrier, the Liaoning, embarked on its first blue-water passage in early 2014 escorted by 12 vessels of different classes. The carrier, refitted in Dalian from a Soviet-era hulk purchased from Ukraine in 1998, was commissioned in 2012.

China navy holds first missile combat resupply drill

Jul 2, 2015

  • China’s navy held its first drill simulating the resupply of missiles in a combat environment in the Yellow Sea, the Defence Ministry said on Thursday, the latest sign of the country’s growing military prowess. The live-fire exercises, involving ships, aircraft and land-based forces, featured the firing of missiles, torpedoes and shells, some of which were new models, the ministry said in a statement on its website. They were fired to intercept surface, underwater and airborne targets, and the drill “for the first time organized a maritime missile combat resupply exercise”, it added, without giving details.

China’s military-grade airbase on a man-made island is almost operational

Jul. 2, 2015

  • China has almost finished building a 3,000-metre-long airstrip on one of its artificial islands in the disputed Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea, according to a report from Reuters. The airstrip, located on Fiery Cross reef which makes up part of the Spratly islands archipelago, will be long enough to accommodate most Chinese military aircraft and may be operational within months based on a satellite photograph published by the Asia Maritime Transparency initiative (AMTI) last month.

Pentagon Releases National Military Strategy

July 2, 2015

  • ASHINGTON — The Pentagon has released a new National Military Strategy, the first update to that document since 2011 — one that warns the threat of major war with another nation is “growing.”
  • The strategy specifically calls out Iran, Russia and North Korea as aggressive threats to global peace. It also mentions China, but notably starts that paragraph by saying the Obama administration wants to “support China’s rise and encourage it to become a partner for greater international security,” continuing to thread the line between China the economic ally and China the regional competitor.

PLA to put five Type 094 ballistic missile subs into service


  • After a visit by a Chinese Type 039A Yuan-class diesel-electric submarine to the port of Karachi in Pakistan on May 22, the Times of India has said that the People’s Liberation Army Navy will eventually put five Type 094 Jin-class ballistic missile submarines equipped with JL-2 submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) into service.

China holds army drills to enhance air defence ability


  • LANZHOU – The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) began a series of air-ground combat drills in Gansu Province, northwest China, on Wednesday. According to the PLA, seven live ammunition drills, dubbed “Gunpower 2015 Shandan” will be held in the Hexi Corridor, a green area between two large deserts, before middle September.
  • The “blue” force will, for the first time, use a system formed by fighters, including China-made J-10 and J-11, helicopters, jammers and ground radars, according to Maj. Gen. Fang Beiqun. The “red” force will be equipped with electronic air-defence power to confront the rival’s air strike, Fang said, adding that the simulated combat environment and conditions would be created by using drones to simulate cruise missiles, air-to-ground guided missiles and penetration aircraft.

Just How Strong Will China’s Military Be in 2025?

July 2, 2015

  • The People’s Liberation Army and its constituent branches have undergone extraordinary change over the last fifteen years. Doctrine, equipment, training, and strategic orientation have all evolved to the point that the PLA, the PLAN, and the PLAAF have become nearly unrecognizable from the vantage of the 1990s, when they used antiquated equipment, concentrated on making money rather than preparing to fight, and still looked for threats from the north rather than from the east.
  • The PLA has developed an incredibly complex “system of anti-access systems” that relies on air, sea, and land assets in order to deny U.S. forces control of China’s littoral. This system of systems only functions properly if the organizations responsible for it can work together. As of yet, there’s not much indication that the land forces of the PLA, the Second Artillery, the PLAAF, and the PLAN have engaged in the work necessary to make them function as a coherent whole. The Chinese military in the Sino-Vietnam war did not do well on this score; land forces could rarely rely on air or naval support, with predictable results. The stakes are even higher now, and there seems to be some indication that Chinese military leaders understand that the different components of the PLA need goading in order to support a shared vision of warfare.

Asia Beware: China Unveils New Island Storming Warships

June 30, 2015

  • According to new photos, Huangpu Wenchong shipyards recently unveiled the Chinese equivalent of America’s Mobile-Landing Platforms. According to Jeffrey Lin and Peter Singer, authors of the excellent Eastern Arsenal blog, the new MLP, named the H1183, “is a 50,000 ton displacement cargo ship with a giant staging platform installed at its waterline, which can accommodate a wide variety of hovercraft, helicopters, fast craft and armored fighting vehicles.” They also note that the H1183 has a deck area of around 4,000 square meters, and “its 33 meter by 120 meter submergible platform is large enough to carry up to three Type 726 hovercraft, which can transport one main battle tank from sea to land.”

Surface Forces: Bigger Than Burke And Badass

June 28, 2015

  • Internet photos (of ship mockups for training) and chatter indicate that China is preparing to start construction of a new (Type 055) 12,000 ton cruiser class ship with 128 VLS tubes and much else besides. China claims this ship would be the equivalent of a U.S. Burke class warship. The Type 055 would be the largest surface combat ship China has ever built. Earlier the new Chinese Type 052 destroyers were described as similar to the Burkes but in reality the Type 052s were “Burke Lite” while the Type 055 is much closer to the Burkes in capabilities and, at least on paper, surpasses.

China says some South China Sea land reclamation projects completed

June 30, 2015

  • BEIJING (Reuters) – China has completed some of its land reclamation on the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, raising the stakes in Beijing’s territorial dispute with its Asian neighbors. China stepped up its creation of artificial islands last year, alarming several countries in Asia and drawing criticism from Washington. The United States, which has called for a halt in China’s island building, said earlier this month that it was concerned about Beijing’s plans for more construction work, including for military defense.

China fields new maritime patrol and anti-submarine Y-8/Y-9 variant

28 June 2015

  • The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has introduced into service a new maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) variant of the Shaanxi Aircraft Corporation (SAC) Y-8/Y-9 medium transport aircraft, national media reported in late June. An unspecified number of the four-engined Y-8GX6 (Y-8Q) turboprops have now been inducted into the North Sea Fleet, which is responsible for the maritime domain that stretches from the North Korean border to Lianyungang (Jiangsu Province), some three-and-a-half years after the type was first revealed in late 2011.

New missiles to be introduced to Chinese submarines


  • The PLA Navy currently uses Type 093 Shang-class nuclear-powered attack submarines and Type 039A Yuan-class and Type 039 Song-class diesel-electric submarines. These vessels are all currently equipped with YJ-82 cruise missiles. The YJ-82 is set to be replaced by the SS-N-13, however, which has an operational range of 222 kilometers, according to the website. China is currently carrying out tests on its Type 096 Tang-class ballistic missile submarine. JL-3 submarine-launched ballistic missiles are also being tested and will likely replace the JL-2 missile. Equipped with a multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle, the JL-2 can carry between three and four warheads. It is estimated to have an attack range of 7,400 kilometers. When launched from the waters east of Hawaii, the entire United States is in range of the JL-2 missile.

Arms race between US, China and Russia to develop hypersonic missiles and fighter aircraft

June 27, 2015

  • Meanwhile, both China and Russia are developing hypersonic weapons programmes of their own. China’s vehicle has been labelled the Wu-14 by the US. The Wu-14 has had four test flights to date, with the latest earlier this month. The last test took place amid ongoing territorial tensions between the US and China in the South China Sea.

China’s WS-64 touted as first precision anti-ship rocket launcher


  • The WS-64, which has been on display at recent military exhibitions around the world, is the latest addition to the Weishi or “Guardian” multiple rocket launcher systems developed by Sichuan Aerospace Industry Corporation, a subsidiary of the state-owned China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp, the country’s main aerospace contractor. The defining feature of the WS-64 is its ability to effectively strike different types of targets at high precision thanks to its composite inertial/GPS + broadband passive radar homing guidance technology. The WS-35 and WS-3, for example, can already hit stationary targets with a high degree of accuracy, but the WS-64’s guidance system allows it to take down moving targets like warships.

Y-20 transport aircraft conducts high-altitude test in Yunnan


  • China is ready to test its Y-20 military transport aircraft over the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau, according to photos uploaded to a Chinese military website, the Sina Military Network based in Beijing reported on June 23. The internet photos showed a Y-20 with serial number 783 at Lijiang airport.

China aims to challenge U.S. air dominance: Pentagon

Jun 22, 2015

  • China is mounting a serious effort to challenge U.S. military superiority in air and space, forcing the Pentagon to seek new technologies and systems to stay ahead of its rapidly developing rival, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said on Monday. The Pentagon’s chief operating officer, speaking to a group of military and civilian aerospace experts, said China was “quickly closing the technological gaps,” developing radar-evading aircraft, advanced reconnaissance planes, sophisticated missiles and top-notch electronic warfare equipment.

China Builds the World’s Fastest Tank Gun, Then Tries to Hide It

June 19, 2015

  • The new 125mm cannon tech demonstrator received a public and high profile send off, complete with a large complement of PLA personnel, speeches from top CNU officials and interested onlookers. The shell cartridge on the left side of the table is over 1 meter in length.

Live-Fire: Chinese navy kicks off drills in South China Sea

South China Sea: Satellite Images Show Pace of China’s Subi Reef Reclamation

June 19, 2015

  • Satellite imagery from June 5, 2015 shows China has expanded its land fill of Subi Reef by 74 percent in less than two months, adding an average of eight acres of surface per day on that reef alone. Mischief Reef, larger than Subi, is now more than half filled in, according to a June 9, 2015 NASA image.

China Sea Strategy Boosts Military Use of Civilian Ships

June 25, 2015

  • China is ordering newly-built civilian ships to comply with military specifications. Analysts say the move could help bolster China’s efforts to assert its territorial claims in the disputed East and South China seas and add to ongoing efforts by the Chinese military to extend its naval reach.

China, US sign agreement to boost army cooperation


  • The signing of the long-expected China-US army dialogue mechanism and the country’s upcoming agreement on the air-to-air annex to the code of conduct on military encounters represent a leap forward in the relationship between the countries, analysts have said.

China plans to build coast guard base near Senkaku Islands: sources

Jun 13, 2015

  • Shanghai – The China Coast Guard, which has been sending vessels into waters around the Senkaku Islands more frequently since 2012, plans to build a large base in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, to enhance monitoring of the chain, sources close to the matter said Saturday. By building the base in Wenzhou, which is close to the Japan-administered islets, the coast guard is apparently hoping to bolster support for surveillance vessels so China can strengthen its claim to them.

Chinese army mulls use of drones to assert claims over Senkakus

12 June 2015

  • The Chinese army is weighing the full use of unmanned aircraft to regularly monitor the East China Sea, a move that may add fuel to heightened tension in the area where Japanese-controlled islands claimed by China lie, a Chinese document on the country’s use of drones showed Friday.

China Confirms Hypersonic Missile Test

June 13, 2015

  • China’s defense ministry on Friday confirmed a fourth test of a new hypersonic strike vehicle was carried out last week. “The scheduled scientific research and experiments in our territory [are] normal, and those tests are not targeted at any country and specific goals,” said the ministry in response to a report of the test published Thursday by the Washington Free Beacon.
  • The advanced strategic strike weapon travels at speed of up to 10 times the speed of sound, or more than 7,600 miles per hour.

China Conducts Fourth Test of Wu-14 Strike Vehicle

June 11, 2015

  • The test of the Wu-14 hypersonic strike vehicle was carried out Sunday, launched atop a ballistic missile fired from a test facility in western China. It was the fourth successful test of the Wu-14 in the past 18 months and the frequency of tests is being viewed by U.S. intelligence analysts as an indicator of the high priority placed on developing the weapon by the Chinese.
  • Unlike earlier tests, the latest test demonstrated what one official called “extreme maneuvers” that appeared to analysts designed for penetrating through missile defense systems.

PLA’s 5th ‘Super Nanny’ Type 903A replenishment ship launched


  • China has continued to add to its fleet of Type 903A replenishment ships, with a fifth vessel recently photographed being launched at a Shanghai shipyard operated by the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Co, reports the Shanghai-based Guancha Syndicate. The new Type 903A, nicknamed the “Super Nanny,” is China’s newest integrated supply ship. It has a length of 178.5 meters, width of 24.8 m and a displacement of more than 23,000 tonnes.

China Unlikely to Halt Island Construction in Disputed Sea

June 9, 2015

  • “Beijing will continue to develop contested territories in the South China Sea,” says the internal report by the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC). “Unlike fishing boats or patrol vessels, infrastructure investments, such as land reclamation and the construction of runways and lighthouses, signal a more permanent presence.” The report’s conclusion that China will continue island-building and militarization in the sea contrasts with the message sent last week by Defense Secretary Ash Carter.

China conducts first military mobility test on bullet train for rushing troops to Xinjiang

9 Jun, 2015

  • BEIJING: China has successfully conducted the first-ever military mobility test by rushing troops and weapons on its bullet train to the restive Muslim-majority Xinjiang province, aimed at evaluating its performance in quick movement of soldiers during a crisis. Terming the test as a milestone in the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) mobility, the China National Defence Daily said that the trial has been successfully completed on the Lanzhou-Xinjiang high-speed railway in northwest China.

China’s Getting Ready to Turn on Asia’s Biggest Warship

June 4, 2015

  • The Type 055 cruiser test rig made its Internet debut in March 2014 on Chinese websites. With a projected length of 160 to 180 meters, judging from the test rig’s 140 to150 meter length (which does not include the entire helicopter landing pad nor bow forward of the turret), and a width of about 21 to 23 meters, it would displace about 12,000 to 14,000 tons. That would make the Type 055 cruiser the largest Asian surface warship since World War II’s Japanese Tone class heavy cruisers.
  • The Type 055 cruiser is expected to command Chinese taskforces, act as the center of fleet air defenses against enemy air attacks, escort carrier groups and launch barrages of land attack and anti-ship missiles to project Chinese airpower. Judging from its 12,000 to 14,000 ton displacement, it could carry at least 112 to 128 vertical launch systems (VLS) cells for missiles. With that amount of firepower, the Type 055 cruiser could exceed the 122 VLS cells of the USN’s Ticonderoga class Aegis Cruisers.

China’s YJ-18 Supersonic Anti-Ship Cruise Missile: America’s Nightmare?

June 1, 2015

  • The 2015 Department of Defense report does offer a bit more detail and thus draws the proper attention to the YJ-18 threat, but again does not mention its supersonic sprint vehicle. The YJ-18 ASCM is described as a “significant step” and subsequently as a “dramatic improvement” over current missiles in China’s inventory. Perhaps most significantly, however, the DoD report puts the range of YJ-18 at 290 nautical miles – more than double that of its likely progenitor, the Russian SS-N-27 Klub ASCM (export version). If correct, moreover, this new range will, in the near term, more or less quadruple the range of the standard ASCM fired from most PLA Navy submarines.
  • For Washington, some additional attention seems warranted in future intelligence community studies with respect to Chinese ASCM development. The 2015 ONI study gave some attention to YJ-18, but omitted discussion of the supersonic YJ-12, the long-range subsonic YJ-100 or the CX-1 supersonic ASCM that are apparently now in development, according to Chinese sources. Renewed attention will help muster the necessary focus for the U.S. going forward to prepare its forces adequately. For all the ink spilled and Washington seminars convened to discuss China’s expanding coast guard fleet, it is obviously the ever-growing sophistication of the Chinese ASCM arsenal that poses the “clear and present danger” to American sailors.

PLA Navy will have 415 warships in near future: US expert


  • James Fanell, the former director of the US Pacific Fleet’s intelligence and information, predicted China will eventually have about 415 warships including four aircraft carriers and 100 submarines in the near future while attending a two-day conference held by the US Naval War College’s China Maritime Studies Institute in Newport, Rhode Island last week, reports the Defense News.

China’s Navy Makes Strides, Work Remains To Be Done

May 24, 2015

  • There was general agreement at the conference that the PLAN fleet now being created is heavily centered on anti-surface warfare, as evidenced by the construction of a growing number of destroyers, frigates and submarines armed with a wide variety of ship-killing missiles, many with ranges far in excess of similar missiles in service with the US Navy.
  • “Chinese researchers clearly see Li-Ion batteries as the wave of the future for conventional submarine propulsion,” Erickson said. “They’re not there yet, but they are determined to get there.
  • “We’re going to see some very impressive ASW changes,” opined Carlson, who predicted the Chinese will continue to get better ASW gear. “We have a problem when they become proficient,” he warned.

Zubr-class LCAC to power up PLA Navy


  • China’s ambitions to dominate the East and South China Seas will receive a powerful boost with the commissioning of four new Zubr-class air-cushioned landing craft (LCAC), reports the Beijing-based Sina Military Network.
  • Regarded as a “hovering fortress,” the Zubr has a full length of 57 meters and a width of 22 meters, dwarfing the US Navy LCAC, which is 26.8m long and 14.3m wide. It is fitted with five Kuznetsov NK-12MV gas turbines and three four-bladed variable-pitch propellers, enabling a maximum speed of 60 knots and a cruising speed of 30-40 knots.

China Making Some Missiles More Powerful

MAY 16, 2015

  • China has started arming its long-range missiles with multiple warheads, a Pentagon report says.
  • The Pentagon report, released on May 8, said that Beijing’s most powerful weapon now bore MIRV warheads. The intercontinental ballistic missile is known as the DF-5 (for Dong Feng, or East Wind). The Pentagon has said that China has about 20 in underground silos. Private analysts said each upgraded DF-5 had probably received three warheads and that the advances might span half the missile force. If so, the number of warheads China can fire from that weapon at the United States has increased to about 40 from 20.

China Builds Latest ASW-Capable Corvette Warship


  • Images from Chinese state television suggest that the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has commissioned the latest in its Type 056 Jiangdao-class corvette vessels.
  • The type 056 Corvette vessels, which combine a stealth design with modern weapon systems and sensors, are armed with one 76 mm main naval gun, and carry two triple-torpedo launchers and four containerized anti-ship missiles. The vessel also features a stealthy hull design with a sloped surface. While the absence of a hangar aboard the vessel constrains sustained helicopter operations, the flight deck enables the operation of a Z-9C helicopter.

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

May 14, 2015

  • Now, China Aviation News says in its report that China has successfully developed a new type of aircraft engine with better performance than imported ones.
  • The success in developing the new type of engine that has proved better than imported ones has greatly enhanced the research and development team’s confidence, and created favourable conditions for further breakthroughs in key advanced technologies for China’s aircraft engines.

Surface Forces: China Seeks Naval Dominance

April 29, 2015

  • U.S. Naval Intelligence believes that China is in the midst of a major naval build up. In 2014 the Chinese began building, launched or put into commission at least sixty vessels a year and apparently is going to continue this pace into 2015 and 2016. Announced naval building plans include several aircraft carriers, 26 destroyers, 52 frigates, 20 corvettes, 85 missile armed patrol boats, 56 amphibious vessels, 42 mine warfare ships and nearly 500 auxiliary craft of which ten percent are large seagoing ships. While a lot of these new ships are to replace older, Cold War era, Russia designs, many are based on Western designs and built to operate long distances from China. Naval air power is also being expanded with additional helicopters, modern fighters, missile carrying bombers and UAVs. China is also building more diesel-electric submarines and continuing to perfect (get to work properly) its nuclear powered subs.
  • In mid-2013 China also introduced what has become a second navy when the new, larger, and more heavily armed Chinese Coast Guard was officially established. This began with combining four of its five maritime police organizations into one new outfit: the Coast Guard Bureau (or China/Chinese Coast Guard). This was actually the old China Marine Surveillance (or CMS, which belonged to a civilian outfit: the Ministry of Land and Resources) that took over the Coast Guard (belonging to the Public Security Ministry), the fisheries police (of the Agriculture Ministry), and the maritime anti-smuggling police (of the General Administration of Customs). China had multiple coastal patrol organizations because it was the custom in communist dictatorships to have more than one security organization doing similar tasks, so each outfit could keep an eye on the other and ensure loyalty. This was inefficient and confusing, thus the consolidation. This involved several months of effort as hundreds of ships were repainted. Some of these ships had heavier armament installed, as the coast guard is a paramilitary outfit while some of the older outfits were sea-going police.

China tests its new WS-18 engine for future stealth bomber


  • The PLA Air Force has completed the test of its WS-18 engine, designed for its future stealth bomber, aboard a Russian-built Il-76 cargo plane equipped with an aerial refueling boom, reports the state-run Global Times. The Il-76 used to test the WS-18 was the first aircraft sent to Israel for the installation of Phalcon early warning and control active electronically scanned array radar system, according to the Canada-based Kanwa Defense Review. Under pressure from the United States, Israel gave up its plan to assist China in building its first-generation early warning aircraft, the A501. The Il-76 was then returned to China without any modification.

China fast builds ‘counter-space’ capabilities to counter US satellites, Pentagon warns

9 May, 2015

  • Among the latest achievements by China the report mentions the first-ever launch of a satellite capable of sub-meter resolution imaging, the Chang’e-5 lunar mission and the completion of a new space launch facility on Hainan Island. While acquiring new space assets of its own, China is developing “a variety of capabilities designed to limit or prevent the use of space-based assets by adversaries during a crisis or conflict, including the development of directed-energy weapons and satellite jammers,” the report said.

U.S. report details China’s work on anti-satellite weapons

May 8, 2015

  • May 8 China has the most rapidly growing space program in the world, and continues to develop lasers, satellite jammers and other weapons aimed at the space-based assets of adversaries, a new U.S. report said on Friday. China has also built a “vast ground infrastructure” to build, launch and control satellites, said the U.S. Defense Department’s annual report to Congress on military and security issues related to China.

Revealed: China’s New ‘Carrier Killer’ Sub Simulator

May 08, 2015

  • Once in service, the Type 095 will “provide a generational improvement in many areas such as quieting and weapon capacity,” the Pentagon’s Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) states in an unclassified assessment of the Chinese navy’s new capabilities and missions in the years ahead.
  • Pictures of the Type 095 SSN simulator show a mockup bridge with controls and computer systems to familiarize future crewmen with the ships’ new combat system. Lin and Singer also note that the simulator will be used to “to test crews’ group dynamics when faced with combat and mechanical emergencies, as well as to refine the combat system using simulation feedback.”

China Advances Threaten Erosion of U.S. Edge, Pentagon Says

May 8, 2015

  • China’s rapid military modernization “has the potential to reduce core U.S. military technological advantages,” the Pentagon said in its annual report on that nation’s military strategy. One example cited in the report is China’s “extraordinarily rapid” development of its conventionally armed missile capabilities. China has been fielding a variant of its DF-21 medium-range ballistic missile with a maneuverable warhead that has the capability to attack aircraft carriers in the western Pacific, the report said.
  • These capabilities include anti-satellite weapons, offensive cyber-operations and electronic-warfare capabilities meant to deny adversaries the advantages of modern warfare, according to the report.

Details of China’s new AIP submarine technology revealed


  • Due to the highly classified nature of submarine technology, however, the parameters of China’s AIP systems have not been fully revealed to the public, the website stated. A May 1 report in Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily, however, mentioned that China’s “new Stirling engine” was 117% more efficient than its international rivals. The first hints of the details of the engine technology have gradually emerged recently. The engine will likely be adopted by the PLA Navy’s new AIP submarine.
  • As the Stirling engine is not very efficient, it is normally used for slow cruising underwater. A new electricity generating technology developed in China allows the submarine to cruise underwater and charge its battery at the same time, the website stated. So although the four Stirling engines are identical in efficiency to those used in Japan’s Soryu-class diesel-electric attack submarines, the Chinese submarines are afforded more tactical flexibility. Before the liquid oxygen on board the submarine is exhausted, the submarine does not need to navigate with its snorkel extended to the surface, which puts it at the same level of performance as a small nuclear submarine.

China Develops Fourth-Generation Nuclear Sub


  • According to Chinese military experts, the Type 098 fourth-generation nuclear sub features high performance and low noise — a key indicator for measuring a modern nuclear submarine’s underwater survival capacity, as well as its ability to remain hidden during maneuvers, or undetected while launching an attack.

PLA’s Type 99 ranked world’s third most powerful tank


  • China’s Type 99 main battle tank ranks third among a list of nine of the world’s most powerful tanks from the official website of Focus magazine based in Munich on Apr. 30.

Seven Type 052D destroyers being built in Shanghai port


  • On April 27, satellite images were released which showed that seven Type 052D guided-missile destroyers are being built simultaneously at Shangahi’s Jiangnan Shipyard, according to Beijing’s Sina Military Network, a Chinese-language website covering defense news around the world. The Type 052D is a modified version of the PLA Navy’s Type 052B and Type 052C guided-missile destroyers. It is equipped with an active phased array radar system,vertical launching system and advanced air defense system which its prodecessors don’t have. China has already launched six Type 052D guided-missile destroyers according to the report.

The Chinese Air Force’s Super Weapon: Beware the J-11D Fighter

April 30, 2015

  • According to the reports, the new J-11D incorporates a number of technologies from China’s J-16 fighter jets. Both planes are manufactured by the Chinese company, Shenyang Aircraft Corp, and the J-16 is believed to have incorporated some technologies from the J-11. However, the J-16 is a multi-role strike fighter. Perhaps most notable of the J11-D’s upgrades is that it reportedly incorporates the J-16’s advanced Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar. When the PLAAF first took delivery of the J-16 in April of last year, Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer wrote in Popular Science that:

China develops new coast guard ship based on Type 056 corvette


  • The People’s Liberation Army is developing a new coast guard vessel based on the design of the Type 056 corvette, reports Duowei News, a US-based Chinese political news outlet.
  • The Type 056 corvette, with the NATO codename Jiangdao, has a displacement of nearly 1,500 tons and is equipped with anti-ship missiles, short-range air defense missiles and a 76mm main naval gun, as well as a landing pad for Harbin Z-9 helicopters.

GX-6 to boost China’s anti-submarine capabilities


  • China’s new GX-6 anti-submarine patrol aircraft appears to be ready for action, reports China’s nationalist Global Times tabloid.
  • With its ability to cover a large area of the ocean, the GX-6 can greatly increase China’s maritime security and can push the PLA’s anti-submarine line up more than 1,000 kilometers, plus offer protection to the PLA’s Navy’s long-distance missions, Global Times added.

Operational J-15s loaded onto Liaoning aircraft carrier


  • The People’s Liberation Army has begun loading operational J-15 carrier-based fighter jets onto the Liaoning, China’s first and only aircraft carrier, reports the Beijing-based Sina Military Network. Recently leaked photos reveal that four J-15s, developed by the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation and the 601 Institute, have been moved onto the Liaoning, which sources indicate will eventually be able to carry up to 24 fighter jets of similar size.

China’s nuclear sub mission in Gulf of Aden ‘could cause unease among neighbours’

27 April, 2015

  • Type 091 vessel patrolled Gulf of Aden for more than two months escorting two ships and a supply vessel. A Chinese nuclear submarine has completed an anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden, demonstrating the navy’s ability to operate in waters far from home.

Model of PLA’s new amphibious assault ship shown on internet


  • A model of the PLA Navy’s future 40,000-ton amphibious assault ship was revealed on Apr. 23 by Maritime China magazine based in Beijing on its official Weibo account. The model showed an amphibious assault ship capable of operating between six and 10 helicopters with a weight of 15 tons from its deck. The ship has two HHQ-10 air defense missile launchers and three 16-cell HHQ-16 medium-range air defense missile launchers. A Type 1130 close-in weapons system can also be seen from the model.
  • With an attacking range of between 10 and 12 kilometers, the HHQ-10 alone is strong enough to defend the vessel from aerial attacks, though the need for so many HHQ-16 launchers remains unknown.

General: China Space Threat Drives U.S. Space Warfare Buildup

April 24, 2015

  • “It was a significant wakeup call to our entire military,” Hyten said. “Until that singular event, I don’t think the broader military realized that that is something we’re going to have to worry about.” China is continuing to conduct anti-satellite weapons tests, he added, “to make sure that if they ever got into a conflict with us or any other space-faring nation, they would have the ability to destroy satellites.”
  • Brian Weeden, a former Space Command officer, told 60 Minutes that the Chinese have tested six ground-based anti-satellite weapons since the 2007 test. Weeden said China conducted a test of a high-earth orbit anti-satellite missile that may have traveled some 18,600 miles into space, threatening strategic geosynchronous orbiting satellites systems.

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

April 23, 2015

  • According to, seeing the benefit of such a means of travel, Hainan Province has succeeded in developing a small ground effect vehicle, the CYG-11, with a range of 1,500 km and a speed of 200 km/hr. It is able to carry 1,200 kg cargo or 12 passengers. The vehicle consumes 28 litres of fuel per 100 km, which China says is quite impressive. It costs between $2.5 and $3 million to build.

Chinese Shipyard Looks to Build Giant Floating Islands

April 20, 2015

  • The Jidong Development Group (JDG), a construction company, and Hainan Hai Industrial Company (Hai is Mandarin for ocean) are proposing to build a floating sea base for multipurpose usage, such as tourism, shipping, power generation and offshore fossil fuel extraction. The floating sea base would be based in the South China Sea, for logistical support activities.
  • JDG’s floating island designs are modular, being assembled from multiple semi-submersible hull sections. They would come in three sizes. The smaller island is 300 meters long and 90 meters wide, the medium sized island is 120 meters wide and 600 meters lond, while the larger island is 900 meters long and 120 meters wide. Assuming a hull draft of around 16 meters, full displacement of the islands could likely be around 400,000 and 1.5 million tons, respectively.

PLA Navy modifies Type 904A supply ship for expanded use


  • The People’s Liberation Army Navy has achieved a new breakthrough in supply vessel technology with the development of two new modified versions of the Type 904A general stores issue ship, reports Duowei News, a US-based Chinese political news outlet.
  • Compared the to Type 904A Fuxian Lake supply vessel, the new version of the Type 904A has added new aviation support equipment, while its stern appears to have added a new helipad.

China, Finland vow to boost military logistics cooperation


  • Gen. Zhao Keshi, member of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC) and director of the General Logistics Department (GLD) of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), met with the visiting Deputy Chief of Staff of the Finnish Defense Forces Lieutenant General Raimo Jyväsjärvi in Beijing on April 13. In recent years, China and Finland have achieved fruitful results in the exchange and cooperation in the fields of economy and trade, culture, science, education and tourism. The military-to-military relations, as an important part of the relations between the two countries, have been keeping a positive momentum of development, said Gen. Zhao.

China’s Next Super Weapon Revealed: Satellite Destroyers

April 15, 2015

  • According to Breaking Defense, Lt. Gen. Jay Raymond, commander of the 14th Air Force, said this week that China’s amassing formidable anti-satellite capabilities. Raymond claimed that Beijing is already capable of holding every low-orbit satellite at risk, and “soon every satellite in every orbit will be able to be held at risk” by China’s anti-satellite (ASAT) capabilities.

US to Develop 6th Generation Fighters to Outrun Russian, Chinese Jets


  • The Chinese J-20 is particularly threatening, according to “one senior industry official with an extensive fighter pilot background.”
  • Supersonic performance is one of the areas in which the J-20 shines, compared with the US jets. The J-20 can cruise at high supersonic speeds without using fuel-guzzling afterburners for extended periods, which allows it to impart far more launch energy into its missiles. “Take a J-20 that can cruise at mil power supersonic out to 300 plus miles before he has to turn around and come back, [this] makes it really hard for a subsonic fighter [that needs afterburners for supersonic flight] to go into that environment and survive,” said the senior industry official. “Especially in an away game when we are outnumbered.”

Electronic Weapons: China Climbs The AWACS Ladder

April 6, 2015

  • Less than two years after being spotted in the air for the first time the new Chinese KJ-500 AWACS (Air Warning And Control System) aircraft has entered service. The KJ-500 AWACS can track over 60 aircraft at ranges of up to 470 kilometers. The KJ-500 aircraft looks more like the American AWACS (with a round radar dome on top) but is smaller and carried by the Y-9 four engine turboprop aircraft (similar to the U.S. C-130). The KJ-200 designs used the smaller Y-8 aircraft and a long box-like radar array on top of the aircraft. The KJ-500 will supplement and eventually replace the current eleven KJ-200 (also called the KJ-2000) that has been in service since 2005. There are also four of the export model (ZDK-03) in Pakistan. Pakistan paid $300 million each for these KJ-200 variants.

ONI Reveals Massive Chinese Naval Buildup

April 10, 2015

  • The Office of Naval Intelligence, in its first unclassified assessment of the Chinese navy in six years, revealed deployment of the new YJ-18 supersonic anti-ship cruise missile on warships and submarines that analysts say poses a major threat to U.S. and allied vessels. China’s current naval force of 300 surface ships, submarines, amphibious ships, and missile-armed patrol craft is rapidly expanding, the report says.
  • According to the report, China began building or launched more than 60 naval ships and vessels last year, and a similar number of warships are under construction or deployed for 2015. “Major qualitative improvements are occurring within naval aviation and the submarine force, which are increasingly capable of striking targets hundreds of miles from the Chinese mainland,” the report said, adding that despite some shortfalls, “it is emerging as a well equipped and competent force.”

China says military procurement costs down from previous years

Apr 9, 2015

  • China’s military bought equipment at a total price “significantly below” previous years at an open tender, state media reported on Thursday, as the armed forces works to reform the procurement system to eliminate graft and extravagance.
  • The military’s General Armament Department has said the reforms will boost competition among suppliers and ensure the military gets better equipment, according to state media reports.

China Unveils Three New Nuclear-Powered Attack Submarines

April 3, 2015

  • “The Type-093G is reported to be an upgraded version of Type-093, China’s second-generation nuclear-powered attack submarine, which entered active service several years ago. With a teardrop hull, the submarine is longer than its predecessor and has a vertical launching system,” according to the China Daily report. The Chinese navy’s website said the new variant is engineered to reduce noise, improve speed and mobility and fire China’s latest YJ-18 supersonic anti-ship missile, according to the report.

Taiwan’s defensive air superiority challenged by new Chinese aircraft


  • Reports from China indicate that the PLA Air Force had been relying on its KJ2000 AWACS aircraft, which is based on the design of the aging Russian Ilyushin IL-76 airframe, the online magazine said.
  • Built on the design of China’s self-developed Y-9 medium-range military transport aircraft, the KJ-500 is capable of reaching a cruise speed of 350 knots, has ferry range of 57,000 km, and an endurance of eight hours at cruising speed.

New Chinese Nuclear Sub Design Includes Special Operations Mini-Sub

March 25, 2015

  • China’s latest nuclear submarine design appear to include a shelter capable of holding a miniature submarine for special operations forces (SOF) not unlike vehicles used to deliver Navy SEALs to shore from U.S. nuclear attack boats, according to an image in wide circulation in Chinese online networks. The Chinese boat — a Type-93T or Shang-class nuclear attack submarine — features a hangar for the SOF submersible that would allow People’s Liberation Army troops to discrete deployment much like U.S. forces, according to a translation of a March 17 story in the state-run Reference News.

China Missile Test Highlights Space Weapons Threat

March 25, 2015

  • Adm. Cecil D. Haney, head of the Omaha-based nuclear forces command, also voiced worries about the strategic nuclear forces buildup by Russia and China, and said as commander he must assume North Korea is correct in claiming to have miniaturized a nuclear warhead for its missile forces.
  • On China’s space weapons buildup, dubbed “counterspace” arms by the Pentagon, Haney said the United States needs to be ready to deal with attacks on satellites in a future conflict.

71% of Chinese say they would fight for their country


  • Only 11% of Japanese respondents in a Win/Gallup International poll said they would be willing to fight for their country, the lowest proportion in the world, while in China the number is 71%, reports China’s nationalistic tabloid Global Times. The international market research and polling firm asked people in 64 counties and regions between September and December last year the question: “If there were a war that involved your country, would you be willing to fight?” A total of 62,000 people responded to the poll, of which 67% of male and 52% of female participants said they would.

US Military Losing Edge In Space: Kendall

March 17, 2015

  • NEWSEUM: After more than a year of saying that the United States is losing its relative edge in military technology to China and Russia, the Pentagon’s top weapons buyer upped the ante today and said that the top American advantage — space — “is particularly bad” because both Russia and China are fielding a suite of anti-satellite capabilities. The chart below sketches out the most detailed accounting Kendall has offered on this crucial topic. Of course, the details are classified as they involve threat assessments and assessments of foreign governments’ technological prowess. But in this simplified depiction, downward-pointing arrows are bad — and the “space domain” has more of them than any other category:

PLA expands its Type 093 midget submarine line


  • Beijing has revealed a version of the Type 093 midget submarine, known as the 093T, suggesting that more vessels in this class may be produced, reports news website Cankao Xiaoxi. The 093B midget submarine reportedly has a vertical launch system that can launch 16 missiles, including the supersonic anti-ship YJ-18 and the DH-10 cruise missile.

China gets its first mobile-launched ICBM: Russian media


  • Beijing successfully carried out a launch test for the DF-31B, an intercontinental ballistic missile, from a mobile launcher. The US is on alert since the missile is difficult to detect and intercept and is able to hit targets across the Pacific Ocean, reports China’s Global Times.

China Overtakes Germany as World’s Third-Largest Arms Exporter

March 15, 2015

  • China has overtaken Germany as the world’s third-largest arms exporter and cut its dependence on imports by producing more-sophisticated weapons, according to a new report.
  • China represents just 5% of a global export market valued at more than $300 billion a year. That’s far behind the 31% secured by the U.S. and 27% by Russia in the 2010-2014 period. Still, China’s share has more than doubled over the past decade.

Cruise missile DH-10 among the deadliest: Popular Science


  • The cruise missile DH-10 may be China’s deadliest, stealthiest weapon, according to a report from US monthly Popular Science. The missile deserves much more attention than the DF-15 and DF-21, two of China’s ballistic missiles, said the report. The PLA could attack Pacific targets, such as Hawaii, with the missile if it is carried by an H-6K bomber. The Chinese military could also attack a target across 90% of the world’s land mass if the missile was launched from a 052D guided missile destroyer and Type 0930A nuclear attack submarine.

China to Build Military Facilities on South China Sea Islets

June 16, 2015

  • BEIJING—China said it is shifting work on disputed South China Sea islets from the dredging of land to the construction of military and other facilities as it pushes forward with a program that has aggravated tensions with the U.S. and neighbors. In a statement on its website Tuesday, China’s Foreign Ministry said land reclamation on some islands and reefs in the Spratlys chain “will be completed in the upcoming days” as planned. Beijing will then proceed to build facilities on those features that will serve military and civilian purposes, the statement said.

U.S. official: China island building now totals 2,000 acres; Pentagon report raises concerns

May 8, 2015

  • WASHINGTON — China’s rapidly expanding campaign to construct artificial islands, potentially for military use or airstrips, now totals about 2,000 acres (800 hectares) and could far outstrip that amount as the year goes on, a senior defence official said Friday. The new estimate, disclosed for the first time, comes as the Pentagon released its annual report on China’s military power. The report warns that while Beijing’s island construction intent is unclear, five emerging outposts could be used for surveillance systems, harbours, an airfield and logistical support.

U.S. says China has placed mobile artillery on reclaimed island

May 29, 2015

  • The United States said on Friday that China had placed mobile artillery weapons systems on a reclaimed island in the disputed South China Sea, a development that Republican Sen. John McCain called “disturbing and escalatory.” Brent Colburn, a Pentagon spokesman traveling with Defense Secretary Ash Carter, said the United States was aware of the weapons.

China is now building lighthouses to augment its South China Sea claims

May 26, 2015

  • China outlined a strategy to boost its naval reach on Tuesday and held a groundbreaking ceremony for two lighthouses in disputed waters, developments likely to escalate tensions in a region already jittery about Beijing’s maritime ambitions. In a policy document issued by the State Council, the Communist-ruled country’s cabinet, China vowed to increase its “open seas protection”, switching from air defense to both offense and defense, and criticized neighbors who take “provocative actions” on its reefs and islands.

China to extend offshore military reach to counter “provocations”

May 26, 2015

  • May 26 (Reuters) – China outlined its defence strategy to boost its naval capability farther from its shores on Tuesday, saying it faced a grave and complex array of security threats including in the disputed South China Sea. In a policy document issued by the State Council, the Communist-ruled country’s cabinet, it vowed to increase its “open seas protection”, switching from air defence to both offence and defence, and criticised neighbours who take “provocative actions” on its reefs and islands.

China Jams US Spy Drones Over Disputed South China Sea Islands


  • Global Hawk long-range surveillance drones were targeted by jamming in at least one incident near the Spratly Islands, where China is building military facilities on Fiery Cross Reef, the Washington Free Beacon reported. That statement follows Thursday reports that the Chinese navy warned a US surveillance plane to leave the same area eight times in an apparent effort to establish and enforce a no-fly zone, a demand Washington rejected.

New milestone set for military cooperation with China: S. Korean vice defense chief


  • South Korea is expected to return to China later this week another 68 more remains of Chinese soldiers in the 1950-53 Korean War, a fresh move that South Korean Vice Defense Minister Baek Seung-joo sees will serve as “new milestone for military cooperation between the two countries. “The return of the remains of Chinese soldiers has great significance in that it served as a new stepping stone of trust between the two countries by quickly resolving the historical issue from a humanitarian perspective that opened a way for going toward future,” Baek said an exclusive interview with Xinhua on Wednesday.

China military aircraft to see tech “breakthroughs” this year -Xinhua

March 8 2015

  • Its largest domestically made military transport aircraft, known as the Xi’an Y-20, “will be available for delivery in the near term”, Tang Changhong, deputy chief engineer of Aviation Industry Corporation of China (Avic), told the official Xinhua news agency.
  • The country’s largest amphibious aircraft, the AG600, to be used in marine rescue missions, would make its maiden flight in 2016 after coming online this year, Xinhua reported.

China Shows Off Its Deadly New Cruise Missiles

Mar 10th, 2015

  • A DH-10 land attack cruise missile (LACM) launches out of its canister, heading for parts unknown. Weighing about 1-1.5 tons (about the same size as the American Tomahawk cruise missile), it can be launched from land on a three missile transport erector launch (TEL) vehicle, as shown here. Shortly after ejection from the canister, the DH-10’s two retractable wings, four tailfins and belly mounted engine air intake will all unfold as it flies as far as 2,500km away. Reportedly able to hit a garage-door-sized target, in addition to carrying a 1100-pound high explosive warhead toward a target with accuracy, the DH-10’s payload can either be a high explosive warhead or submunitions for attacking fighters on runways and tank columns, nuclear warheads and fuel air explosives. Notably, DH-10s use several guidance modes, including satellite navigation, inertial navigation, and terrain following, making it hard to jam or deceive.

Revealed: The New Battleground in China’s Future Wars

March 10, 2015

  • The PLA envisions future conflicts under the conceptual umbrella of Integrated Network Electronic Warfare (wangdian yitizhan) or INEW. China’s strategic thought on cyber warfare closely emulates Russian conceptions in a holistic representation that combines coordinated use of computer network operations (CNOs), electronic warfare (EW), and kinetic strikes designed to paralyze an enemy’s networked information systems.
  • During peaceful conditions, China’s cyber units are involved in comprehensive cyber reconnaissance: probing the computer networks of foreign government agencies and private companies. These activities, which China denies, serve to identify weak points in networks, understand how foreign leaders think, discover military-communication patterns, and attain valuable technical information stored throughout global networks.

China reportedly building 2nd aircraft carrier


  • Hong Kong, March 9 (CNA) Several senior Chinese officials have confirmed that China is building its second aircraft carrier and will likely adopt an improved launch system for aircraft on the ship, a Chinese-language daily in Hong Kong reported Monday. The Hong Kong Commercial Daily (香港商報) cited Liu Xiaojiang (劉曉江), a former political commissar of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy, as saying that the government’s industrial and manufacturing agencies are now in charge of the ship’s construction.

Sino-US tensions good for China’s growth: PLA admiral


  • Sino-US relations have been a constant struggle full of twists and turns, at times cooperating and at others in conflict, Sun said. However, the tensions have been beneficial to China, because without the struggle the US would have no respect for China’s “core interests,” he added. Without the struggle it would have been impossible for China to achieve win-win cooperation based on equality, and the “favorable situation we have today” would not exist, Sun said.

PLA introduces realistic scenarios to training exercises


  • Washington-based research institute the Jamestown Foundation published an article entitled The Wolves of Zhurihe: China’s OPFOR Comes of Age on Feb. 20, which detailed the changes to the PLA’s Stride exercises in 2014. The alterations suggest a shift from China’s traditionally formalistic military exercises to more realistic military scenarios.
  • The article went on to say that from the moment they arrived at the base, red forces were subject to enemy attacks and during the course of the exercise they were attacked by simulated nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons as well as being subject to air raids. The blue forces had the upper hand in terms of air power and artillery and was provided with advanced intelligence denied to the red forces, the article said. Also, by the time they came into contact with enemy forces, many of the red forces lost 30%-50% of their manpower, with some having lost 70% by the end of the exercise. This kind of powerful opposition training is unprecedented in China.

US Admiral: Chinese Subs Outnumber America’s

February 27, 2015

  • China now has a larger submarine fleet than that United States, a U.S. admiral said on Wednesday. Speaking to the House Armed Service Committee’s Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee (which oversees the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps), Vice Admiral Joseph Mulloy said that China is building some “fairly amazing submarines,” both diesel- and nuclear-powered. Mulloy is the deputy chief of naval operations for capabilities and resources.
  • Nuclear-power submarines are a particular area of emphasis as China looks to improve its ability to conduct military operations outside its own near seas. China is continuing to produce Jin-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) and Shang-class nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs), and is expected to introduce new models over the next decade (the Type 096 SSBN and Type 095 guided-missile attack submarine or SSGN). For now, however, the DoD reports that diesel-powered subs are still “mainstay of the Chinese submarine force.”

PLA commissions sixth Type 052C destroyer


  • China now has more destroyers with Aegis Combat System equivalent capability than Japan after the Xian, the country’s sixth Type 052C destroyer entered service on Feb. 9, reports the People’s Navy Daily, a paper published by the People’s Liberation Army Navy.
  • Xian is the fourth Type 052C destroyer in the PLA’s East Sea Fleet after Changchun, Zhengzhou and Jinan. The 6,000-ton vessel carries 48 HHQ-9 air defense missiles and eight YJ-62 anti-ship missiles, according to the newspaper.

Northcom Commander Wants More Military Exercises with China

  • SAN DIEGO — As tensions rise in the Asia-Pacific, the U.S. military should continue to engage in cooperative operations and exercises with China, the leader of U.S. Northern Command said Feb. 10.
  • “China is using diplomatic and economic means to deny the United States physical and political access around the world,” Gortney said. “They’re expanding their military both quantitatively and qualitatively at an astounding rate.”

China seeks private sector help to streamline bloated army

8 Feb 2015

  • Making engines for target drones is perhaps one of the less prestigious missions in the Chinese air force. But it is one area that the elite state factories have relinquished to the private sector. And it is a foot in the door of a lucrative sector.
  • “What the PLA wants to do is follow the American approach,” he said. “If they want to make a missile they don’t have just one single state factory which produces rockets and missiles. The US has Lockheed, Grumman and Boeing all competing.”

PLA military drill uses China’s own GPS


  • The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) finished a two-day military drill on Friday, testing the application of China’s independently developed global satellite navigation system in combat in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.

China achieves breakthrough in pulse weapons technology


  • China has achieved a technological breakthrough that could help introduce pulse weapons to the People’s Liberation Army’s arsenal, reports the Global Times, a tabloid under the auspices of the Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily. According to the report, the Xian Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences has successfully developed a third-generation X-ray pulsar simulation source. The technology, which can create an X-ray pulsar source in X-ray tubes to generate arbitrary waveform pulses, officially passed evaluation tests on Jan. 17.

New Chinese helicopter breaks altitude record above Everest


  • A China-made transport helicopter broke a record by attaining an altitude of 9,000 m during a test flight in Tibet, reports state broadcaster CCTV. In a clip aired on Jan. 31, a pilot flying a Changhe Z-18 transport helicopter triggered a warning signal as he reached a height of 8,900 m above sea level. The craft continued to gain altitude though, eventually reaching 9,000 m and flying above Mount Everest.

2 Chinese companies to make 24% of all missiles over next 5 years


  • Two Chinese arms dealers will account for nearly a quarter of total production in the international missile market over the next five years, based on figures in a report from Russia’s Military-Industrial Courier. The report estimated that there will a total of be 201,507 missiles entering the US$66.3 billion global arms market over the next five years.
  • In terms of production volume, China North Industries Corporation, better known as Norinco, leads the pack with an estimated 29,423 units, or 15% of total missiles manufactured. In second place is America’s Raytheon with 22,658 units, while China Precision Machinery Import-Export Corporation (CPMIEC) comes in third with 18,380 units. Together, the two Chinese companies will account for 24% of total missile production in the world between now and 2019.

China’s navy is about 70% modernized now and will be about 85% in 2020

January 26, 2015

  • China’s navy will have 70% modern ships in 2015 and this will increase to about 85% modern ships in 2020 This is up from less than half modern in 2010. Modern Chinese ships are respectable in terms of size and capabilities. However, they are still inferior in size and capabilities to the equivalent american ship.

China develops laser-guided tank missile

22 January, 2015

  • The armoured division of the People’s Liberation Army will be equipped with next-generation laser-guided missiles, in a move to improve the long-range firepower and accuracy of its tanks.
  • “The gun-launched missile is a special bomb that combines accurate guidance technology and conventional tank gun systems to improve the hit rate of main battle tanks,” Shi Yiqun, a senior engineer in an armoured unit, told the newspaper.
  • “China has developed the laser-guided bomb for years. All conventional tanks will become lethal weapons as the new technology aims at making every shot hit its targets,” Zhongshan University military expert David Tsui said.

PLA’s DF-21 missile deployed to Changbai Mountains: experts


  • China’s Dong-Feng 21 ballistic missile may have been deployed at the Changbai Mountains in the northeastern region of the country as a deterrent against Japan and Taiwan, reports the International Herald Leader, a newspaper under the auspices of the official news agency Xinhua.
  • More importantly, military experts say the Changbai Mountains is the only place in China from which the DF-21 can cover all key targets in Japan. In the event of a maritime conflict with Japan, Chinese experts say the DF-21 will be able to effectively seal off entry and exit points in the Sea of Japan, allowing the PLA to make up for relative weakness in naval power.

PLA’s East Sea Fleet bolstered by new Type 054A frigate


  • A report by China’s state-run China News Service said Jan. 16 that the Huanggang-class Type 054A multi-role frigate has become the latest addition to the People’s Liberation Army’s East Sea Fleet.
  • The ship’s armaments include 32 HQ-16 “red banner” radar-guided surface-to-air missiles and 8 YJ-83 “eagle strike” infra-red and millimeter-wave radar-guided anti-ship missiles capable of supersonic travel.

Russia and China to develop heavy transport helicopter


  • Russia and China are going to develop a heavy transport helicopter specially designed for high-altitude regions, according to sources from the Russian aviation industry cited in the Moscow-based Military-Industrial Courier. China is aiming for a model lighter than the Mi-26 of the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plan because it is going to be operated in mountainous regions. The helicopter will use the Russian-built D-136 engine, said the sources. Since China has required Russia to reduce the weight of the helicopter, it has been designed with a better thrust load than the Mi-26.

US Osprey aircraft gets a Chinese cousin in the Blue Whale


  • What China plans to build are unmanned helicopters or tiltrotor aircraft with speeds exceeding 400 km/hour, said the report. Two types of aircraft under these specifications will be designed and developed during the nation’s 13th Five-Year Plan between 2016 and 2020, according to the state-run Aviation Industry Corporation of China. Song Zhongping, a Chinese military expert said that high-speed helicopters have been under development in both United States and Russia for years.

Three massive warships wow the crowds in Portsmouth, the home of the Royal Navy: It’s just a pity they’re CHINESE, not British

12 January 2015

  • Three Chinese naval ships have docked at a British base for a formal visit that samples the strength of the fleet being built up by the country. Chinese ambassador Liu Xiaoming and hundreds of flag-waving UK-based Chinese residents welcomed the ships into Portsmouth Naval Base.

China builds the world’s largest coast guard cutters


  • Rogoway said that the largest non-icebreaker coast guard vessel the United States has is the Legend-class national security cutter. This class of cutters has a displacement of 4,500 tons when fully outfitted. China’s cutters are estimated to have a tonnage of between 12,000 and 15,000, three times that. They may even outsize the US Navy’s Ticonderoga Class Guided Missile Cruisers by as much as 50%.

Analysis: End of year surge for Chengdu J-20 fighter programme

06 January 2015

  • In November and December 2014 two additional prototypes of the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation’s (CAC) J-20 fifth-generation fighter emerged, advancing its development towards a possible initial operational capability (IOC) of 2017-18. The J-20 programme currently features six known prototypes. Two are early technology development articles (serial numbers 2001 and 2002) that emerged in 2009 and 2010, while four are modified versions closer to operational prototypes (serial numbers 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015) that all emerged in 2014.

China Is Building A New Fleet Of Guided Missile Destroyers

Jan. 5, 2015

  • On Dec. 22, 2014, China commissioned its latest guided missile destroyer, the Jinan 052C, the semi-official China Military Online reported. The Jinan was commissioned at a naval port in eastern China. From there, the vessel will join the East China Sea Fleet of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). Part of a new generation of guided missile destroyers, the Jinan will help the PLAN to expand its ability to operate in the open ocean away from China’s coasts.

China helps 10 countries evacuate nationals from Yemen


China evacuates 571 from Yemen, suspends anti-piracy patrols

March 31, 2015

China has 10 DF-31 ballistic missiles in service: Pentagon report


  • Intelligence reports from the Pentagon indicated that the Second Artillery Corps, China’s strategic missile force, had already put 10 DF-31 intercontiental ballistic missiles into service, according to Moscow’s Russian Military Analysis on Jan. 1. It will only take 30 minutes for the People’s Liberation Army to launch a DF-31 missiles into the air. The range of a DF-31 is estimated to be 7,200 kilometers, which is shorter than the DF-5A developed in 1981. When the DF-31 is launched from Central China, it can not even reach the central US. However, the range of a DF-31A, the modified version, has the capability to hit most major targets in the United States since its range is extended to 11,200 kilometers.

China touts new weapon platforms, transparency

Dec. 29, 2014

  • China says it added 10 new vessels to the PLA Navy last year. Among them are guided missile destroyers and frigates and minesweepers such as the Qingzhou. “The number of new warships that are put into service annually in China has overtaken the U.S. and has become the first in the world,” China Military Online said.
  • The Y-20 is a four-engine jet airlifter with a 145,000-pound payload capacity. With maximum payload, it can travel more than 2,700 miles. The J-31, said to be designed as a competitor to Lockheed Martin’s F-35, is a fourth-generation fighter that is still undergoing development testing. Also introduced was the J-20, a long-range strike fighter with stealth capabilities, which is expected to be ready for operational service in 2017.

US still most powerful air force, China ranks 4th: National Interest


  • China’s air force, which consists of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force and the Navy Air Force, has been ranked the world’s fourth most lethal power in the world, according to an article published by Kyle Mizokami, a defense expert in National Interest magazine.

U.S. to Continue Push for Stronger Military Ties With China

Dec. 18, 2014

  • SINGAPORE—The next commander of U.S. military forces in the Pacific said Thursday he wouldn’t deviate from his predecessor’s strategy of seeking stronger military ties with China and other countries in the region despite conflicting territorial claims in the South China Sea. Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., who currently commands U.S. Navy forces in the Pacific and was confirmed last week as the next chief of the Hawaii-based U.S. Pacific Command, said China has been increasing tensions in the South China Sea in recent years, pushing several of the region’s countries to seek the U.S. as their security ally.

China Tests ICBM With Multiple Warheads

December 18, 2014

  • Details of the flight test and the number of dummy warheads used during it could not be learned. However, the DF-41 has been assessed by the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC), the intelligence community’s primary missile spy center, as capable of carrying up to 10 warheads.
  • “China could use MIRVs to deliver nuclear warheads on major U.S. cities and military facilities as a means of overwhelming U.S. ballistic missile defenses,” the report by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission said.

China to deploy world’s largest coast guard ship next year


  • A ship with a displacement of 10,000 tons is set to be deployed by the China Coast Guard next year, the largest coast guard vessel in the world, according to Shanghai-based New Outlook. On Dec. 13 a Chinese netizen uploaded a picture of the ship at the Shanghai Jiangnan Shipyard, which shows that the country’s first coast guard ship to break the 10,000 ton displacement mark is already in water and the paintwork is almost complete. The vessel, the Haijing 2901, is bigger than any of the Japan Coast Guard ships, making it the biggest coast guard ship in the world. The ship will be deployed in spring next year at the earliest, according to reports.

China, US navies implement code of conduct


  • The Chinese and US navies have implemented a code of conduct that covers unplanned encounters at sea. The code, ratified earlier this year, was put into effect as the two navies launched their latest anti-piracy exercise in the Gulf of Aden on Thursday.

China helps fight piracy off Somalia


  • By October, China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy had sent 18 batches of convoy ships to the area since December 2008. They have provided escort to more than 5,700 Chinese and foreign ships. The mission was carried out at the request of the Somali government and under the authorization of the UN Security Council.

S-400 can wipe out Taiwan’s air defense: Defense News


  • In his recent article written for the Defense News, Wendell Minnick, an American military analyst, said on Dec. 6 that the People’s Liberation Army’s new S-400 purchased from Russia has the ability to completely wipe out Taiwan’s air defense.

China Test A Mach 10 Missile That Could Dodge US Defenses

Dec. 4, 2014

  • China conducted the third flight test of a new hypersonic missile this week as part of its strategic nuclear program and efforts to develop delivery vehicles capable of defeating US countermeasures, defense officials said.
  • The latest flight test followed earlier tests of the Wu-14 on Jan. 9 and Aug. 7. The three tests indicate that China’s development of a strike vehicle capable of traveling up to eight times the speed of sound is a high-priority element in China’s large-scale military buildup.

Mission impossible: How one man bought China its first aircraft carrier

18 January, 2015

  • It was a mission like no other. In the aftermath of the Soviet Union’s collapse, one businessman armed with cash and a casino cover story scooped the world to buy the unfinished hulk of a Ukrainian aircraft carrier that would become the centrepiece of the PLA Navy. Speaking to the media for the first time, the Hong Kong-based businessman at the heart of the undertaking reveals in a two-part series the details of the little-known, behind-the-scenes odyssey to realise China’s long-held dream of owning such a warship. Xu Zengping disclosed that the militarily sensitive original engines of the carrier were intact when Ukraine sold the vessel in 1998. This is contrary to what Beijing told the world at the time.

Calling China’s teen top guns

28 February, 2015

  • The air force is offering pilot training to high school pupils in its latest attempt to attract young and qualified recruits needed to upgrade the People’s Liberation Army. Flight training will be provided for about 1,000 successful applicants, age 14 to 16, in selected high schools, according to a statement jointly issued on Thursday by the ministries of education, public security and the PLA general political department. The training will start later this year.

PLA’s new Type 1130 CIWS can intercept Mach 4 missiles


  • Russian media has reported that China’s latest indigenous Type 1130 close-in weapon system can fire 10,000 rounds per minute and destroy 90% of hypersonic missiles traveling at a speed four times the speed of sound, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Want Daily.
  • Compared to its seven-barreled Type 730 predecessor, the Type 1130’s Gatling-type gun has the same 30 mm caliber but the number of barrels increased to 11. While the Type 730 has only one magazine which contains 250 rounds, the latest gun carries two magazines each containing 640 rounds. The design allows the gun to fire over 10,000 rounds per minute and raise its hit rate against missiles traveling at Mach 4 to 90%, according to the Russian media outlet cited.

China’s new microwave pain beam burns you from the inside out

December 10, 2014

  • The Poly WB-1 uses millimeter wave beams to excite the water molecules within a victim until they heat up, causing overwhelming — but non-lethal — pain. Basically, it’s like a household kitchen microwave turned into a long-range, targeted weapon.

The Chinese Navy Will Be Bigger Than America’s By 2020

Dec. 4, 2014

  • The 2014 US-China Economic and Security Review Commission recommended to Congress the US Navy respond by building more ships and increase its presence in the Pacific region – a strategy they US military has already started.
  • The commission cites a platforms and weapons systems the Chinese are developing, which change the strategic calculus regarding how US carriers and surface ships might need to operate in the region. The report mentions the Chinese DF-21D, a precision-guided, land-launched anti-ship ballistic missile designed to reach surface targets at ranges greater than 900 nautical miles. “China is pursuing a missile-centric strategy with the purpose of holding US aircraft carriers at high risk if they operate in China’s near seas and thereby hinder their access to those waters in the event of a crisis. Given China’s growing navy and the US Navy’s planned decline in the size of its fleet, the balance of power and presence in the region is shifting in China’s favor,” the commission states.
  • The Chinese are currently testing and developing a new, carrier-based fighter aircraft called the J-15. Regarding amphibious assault ships, the Chinese are planning to add several more YUZHAO LPDs, amphibs which can carry 800 troops, four helicopters and up to 20 armored vehicles, the report said. The Chinese are also working on development of a new Type 055 cruiser equipped with land-attack missiles, lasers and rail-gun weapons, according to the review.

PLA’s YJ-18 anti-ship missile useful against US carrier group


  • According to an unnamed source cited by a military affairs column on Chinese news web portal Sina, the YJ-18 will be the basis for a series of models that will be adapted for launch from warships, submarines and from the coast and will likely replace current anti-ship missiles, given its versatility.

Russia signs deal to sell S-400 air defense missiles to China


  • Russia has signed a contract to provide S-400 surface-to-air missiles worth US$3 billion to China after years of negotiations, a senior official from the Russian defense industry told Vedomosti, a Russian-language newspaper based in Moscow on Nov. 26.

China develops anti-drone laser


  • BEIJING, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) — China has successfully tested a homemade laser defense system specially targeting small-scale drones flying at low attitude. The machine is able to shoot down various small aircraft within a two-kilometer radius and can do so in five seconds after locating its target, said a statement released Sunday by the China Academy of Engineering Physics, one of the system’s co-developers.
  • The new laser system, which will either be installed or transported in vehicles, is expected to play a key role in ensuring security during major events in urban areas, the statement said, adding that a recent test saw the machine successfully shoot down more than 30 drones — a 100 percent success rate.

Report: China Nuclear Forces Significantly Expanding

November 20, 2014

  • China’s nuclear forces are expanding and details about the nation’s strategic weapons programs remain hidden by Beijing’s secrecy, according to the annual report of the congressional U.S. China Economic and Security Review Commission. New missiles, missile submarines and multiple-warhead systems will be deployed in the coming years, the report said.

Chinese military buildup affects US options: report

Nov 22, 2014

  • China’s massive military buildup will “complicate” US options should China attack Taiwan, US-China Economic and Security Review Commission chairman Dennis Shea said on Thursday. Beijing’s greatly increased military capabilities could impact the potential for US intervention, he said.

PLA’s JY-26 radar said to have detected US F-22 over S Korea


  • China’s JY-26 counter stealth radar, which is said to have successfully detected a US Air Force F-22 fighter over the skies of South Korea, was among five radar systems displayed by the PLA Air Force at the 10th China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition, also known as the Zhuhai Airshow, according to our Chinese-language sister paper Want Daily.
  • Designed to detect the fifth-generation stealth fighter, the JY-26 is capable of detecting aircraft from as far away as 500 kilometers. A source from the China Electronics Technology Group Corporation told Want Daily that the JY-26 had once detected a F-22 Raptor fighter in South Korean airspace when deployed to Shandong province in northern China.

Bigger, more regular Sino-S’pore military drills

Nov 16, 2014

  • Bigger and more regular joint training exercises are on the cards, under Singapore’s plan to boost its military ties with China, said visiting Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen yesterday. He said he will propose such exercises and discuss new initiatives to boost dialogue and understanding through high-level exchanges when he meets his Chinese counterpart Chang Wanquan in Beijing today.

China’s Rise as Arms Supplier Is Put on Display

NOV. 14, 2014

  • ZHUHAI, China — Queen Bee anti-tank rocket system. Halberd supersonic target drone. Sky Dragon 12 surface-to-air missile system.
  • China is the world’s fourth-largest exporter of arms, having overtaken France last year, according to data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Ten large state-owned defense manufacturers dominate the sector, but the government is encouraging smaller, private companies to enter the field.

China conducted two anti-satellite tests: Voice of Russia


  • China had conducted two anti-satellite tests recently with its new laser technology, Konstantin Sivkov, the first deputy head of the Moscow-based Academy of Geopolitical Problems, told the Voice of Russia on Nov. 6. Sivkov said that several exercises against tank and unmanned aerial vehicles had been launched by the PLA with its new laser weapons. The China Academy of Engineering Physics’ low-altitude air defense system designed to intercept aircraft below 500 meters was used in several drills against drones. Yi Jinsong from the China Academy of Engineering Physics told the Beijing-based Sina Military Network that unmanned aerial vehicles can be operated by terrorists against the Chinese homeland.

Technology Gap Closing, Top Acquisitions Official Warns

Nov. 5, 2014

  • WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2014 – The technological dominance enjoyed by the U.S. military force that fought the first Gulf War a quarter century ago is threatened today, the undersecretary of defense for acquisitions, technology and logistics said today. Speaking at a Navy League special topics breakfast in Arlington, Virginia, Frank Kendall said he reviews defense intelligence data — particularly technical intelligence — every morning.
  • “The problem was the modernization rate of other powers, in particular of China,” the undersecretary said. “China has been investing for a long time in a number of systems which are essentially focused on keeping the United States out of the part of the world that’s closest to China.”

Hainan sub caves extend PLA’s influence in South China Sea


  • The submarine caves constructed on the southern Chinese island province of Hainan can help the People’s Liberation Army Navy extend its influence in the disputed South China Sea, Bloomberg editor David Tweed wrote in a recent commentary.
  • Chang also said that there is likely a base designed for nuclear-powered submarines. Another four piers seem to be able to moor eight submarines. The 16-meter wide underwater tunnels leading to the cave under a hill are located south of those piers. Among China’s five nuclear-powered submarines, three are capable of launching JL-2 ballistic missiles and five more may begin their service with the PLA Navy soon, according to a Pentagon report.

PLA’s DF-31B ICBM ‘poses threat to US national security’


  • After China tested its DF-31B intercontinental ballistic missile on Sept. 2, the Washington-based Strategy Page said that this new missile with a range of 10,000 poses a serious challenge to the national security of the United States.

China Conducts Anti-Satellite Tests With Laser Weaponry

November 7, 2014

  • China has conducted two anti-satellite tests very recently, using its advanced laser technology. This was done during a recent exercise of the Peoples Liberation Army. The anti-satellite exercises were conducted using laser weapons. This was disclosed by Konstantin Sivkov, deputy head of the Moscow-based Think Tank, Academy of Geopolitical Problems, in an interview to Voice of Russia.
  • According to Sivkov, it is strategically crucial for China to destroy enemy satellites to survive any assault. If the satellites are targeted at the beginning of a conflict, it will give a tactical advantage. Suppose, if hostilities break out with the U.S, if China can shoot down the U.S satellites, PLA will be capable of blinding American forces in the air, ground and water, reported WantChina Times. China conducted its first anti-satellite weapon test in 2007, and since then the U.S satellites had been reportedly getting disturbed in their orbit, said reports in the Defense News.

Panel: China Expanding Submarine Capabilities

October 21, 2014

  • China is constantly improving underwater operations and investments in platforms, sensors, and even oceanographic research, said Thomas Mahnken of Johns Hopkins School of Advance and International Studies during a Monday panel at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.
  • China is not standing still in its broad-based military modernization—developing stealth technologies; new armor; ballistic missiles; submarines; fast-attack craft; surface combatants; and command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR), he said.

Here’s How The US Reacted To China’s First Nuclear Test 50 Years Ago

Oct. 28, 2014

  • This month marks 50 years since one of the most consequential events in the history of nuclear proliferation — a reminder of the very high stakes that led the international community to prevent additional countries from crossing the nuclear threshold. On October 16, 1964, China tested its first nuclear weapon, a 16-kiloton bomb detonated at the Lop Nur facility in Inner Mongolia. Documents recently published by George Washington University’s National Security Archive give a sense of some of the uncertainty that followed.

Xinhua Insight: The silence of a bomb: China’s first nuclear test

October 19, 2014

  • XINING, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) — Fifty years on, Du Xueyou still hears the deafening sound of China’s first nuclear bomb in a remote northwestern desert on Oct 16, 1964. He was there. He helped create it.

PLA’s DF-21D missiles already in service, says US report


  • A forthcoming report from the bipartisan US-China Economic and Security Review Commission indicates that two brigades of DF-21D ballistic missiles have already entered service with the People’s Liberation Army, Bill Gertz, senior editor of Washington Free Beacon, wrote in an article on Oct. 13.
  • China has deployed DF-21C theater-range missiles with a range of about 1,240 miles (2,000 km) against potential targets in Japan and South Korea. It is apparently developing another system called the DF-16. A more advanced intermediate-range missile set to be deployed in the next five years will be able to hit US forces in Guam, Australia’s Northern Territory, the Middle East and Indian Ocean. Two brigades of DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missiles have also entered service in southeastern and northeastern China.

China’s Navy Is Already Challenging the US in Asia

October 16, 2014

  • Next, Ross claims that the PLA Navy’s submarine force is “quite small” relative to the U.S. Navy’s. Quite small? By what standard? The naval balance is a relative thing, and your opponent is the yardstick. projects that China will field 70 subs in 2020, 63 of them nuclear or diesel attack boats. That number will remain on the upswing if recent history is any indication. And the PLA Navy is fast ridding itself of noisy, obsolescent Cold War-vintage junk as it modernizes. The U.S. Navy, by contrast, fields 73 submarines today. Imposing, eh? Of that total, though, 18 are Ohio-class boats. Of those, 14 “boomers,” or ballistic-missiles subs, comprise the undersea leg of the nation’s nuclear deterrent. The remaining 4 have been fitted with large numbers of Tomahawk cruise missiles for land-attack missions. The Ohios are not platforms that fight for maritime command.
  • As it turns out, then, Ross’s “quite small” Chinese fleet outnumbers the U.S. Pacific Fleet sub force by a wide margin in the waters that count—already. That brute numerical disparity will widen. The American fleet is set to dwindle as low as 42 by the mid-2020s as shipbuilding budgets flatline—at best—while construction costs rise. And it gets worse. The 2020s is a decade when new-construction ballistic-missile subs—replacements for the Ohio class—threaten to crowd out not just SSN construction but all other navy programs. Amphibian pundit CDR Salamander dubs this looming acquisition debacle the Terrible Twenties.

Jiaolong-600 seaplane to have anti-sub capability


  • The Jiaolong-600 has a length of 39.3 meters, a wingspan of 39 meters, a maximum take-off weight of 49 tonnes and an effective payload of 12 tonnes. The large amphibious aircraft also has a four-turbine propeller and a Chinese-made turboprop engine that has a maximum power of 5,300 horsepower. As a single-hull comprehensive rescue airplane, the Jiaoling-600 has a maximum cruise speed of 560 kilometers per hour, a range of 5,300 km and a maximum altitude of 6,000 meters.

PLA looks to add more Type 052D destroyers


  • The People’s Liberation Army will soon be adding more of the highly-touted Type 052D destroyer to its naval fleet, reports the Canada-based Kanwa Defense Review. After completing six Type 052C destroyers, the Jiangnan shipyard in Shanghai is said to have shifted its focus to the Type 052D destroyer, which comes with several key improvements including its radar and engine systems.

New military guidelines set to boost China’s chipmakers


  • The guidelines call for efforts to strongly promote China’s independent information technology applications to cement the foundation of military information security, Shanghai’s China Business News reported.

China military calls for stronger cybersecurity, domestic software – state media

Oct 8, 2014

  • (Reuters) – China’s armed forces will ramp up their cybersecurity and speed domestic development of software, state media said on Wednesday, as the world’s largest military seeks to shore up potential technological weaknesses.

China’s passive radar can detect US stealth fighters: Russian expert


  • China’s DWL002 passive-detection system is capable of directing Chinese air defense systems against enemy stealth fighters, Vassily Kashin, a senior research fellow from the Moscow-based Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, told the Voice of Russia on Oct. 1. China has devoted huge resources to develop radar systems with the capability to intercept aircraft like the US F-22 and F-35 stealth fighters. The DWL002 was revealed to the public for the first time at the Ninth China International Defence Electronics Exhibition in Beijing in May. The system has a range of 500 kilometers and can detect, locate and track air, sea and ground radiation.

China’s Military: What’s New? And What’s Next? – Analysis

September 22, 2014

  • The navy has also recently deployed Jin-class ballistic missile nuclear submarines equipped with missiles whose estimated range is 7,400 kilometers, hence providing China with its first credible sea-based nuclear deterrent. The nuclear-powered attack submarine force has also expanded.
  • The Chinese air force (PLAAF), the largest in Asia, has test-flown a stealthy fighter, the J-20, as well as a second next-generation fighter prototype that is similar in size to the American air force’s F-35.
  • The Second Artillery Force, PLASAF, which is the PLA’s strategic missile arm, improved its already impressive ballistic missile capabilities. In August 2014, China’s Global Times confirmed the existence of a new ICBM, the DF-41, which is capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads as far as the United States.[1]
  • A hypersonic missile has been tested. Designed to be launched from an ICBM, glides and maneuvers at speeds from five to ten times the speed of sound from near space to its targets, which are presumably U.S. missile defenses.[2]

China Tests New Unmanned Mini Sub

July 01, 2014

  • The reports said that researchers at Tianjin University completed a sea test of the Haiyan, an autonomous underwater unmanned vehicle (UUV). “During the test, the vehicle worked consecutively for 21 days and reached a depth of 1094 meters. With an endurance of 30 days, the torpedo-shaped vehicle propelled at a maximum underwater speed of close to 6 kilometers per hour,” the reports said.

China Conducts Flight Test of New Mobile ICBM

October 2, 2014

  • A Chinese military enthusiast website has identified the DF-31B as a mobile missile variant designed specifically for travel on rugged terrain or other difficult road conditions. Mobile missiles are considered a greater strategic threat because tracking their location and targeting them in a conflict is very difficult. The missiles can be hidden in garages or caves to avoid detection by satellites and other sensors.
  • Fisher said the DF-31B also might be a silo-based missile or one designed specifically for China’s so-called “Great Underground Wall”—a network of 3,000 miles of tunnels and underground nuclear facilities that was first revealed several years ago.

PLA’s airborne radar system touted as ‘best in world’


  • Wang Xiaomo, one of the developers behind China’s airborne early warning and control system, said the country has achieved nine breakthroughs in the development of the system that put it ahead of the United States. China’s KJ-2000 early warning and control system is a multi-functional and sophisticated radar that has the longest and widest range in the world, Wang said.

Two new Chinese cruise missiles ‘could sink a 3,000 ton warship’


  • The People’s Liberation Army has released the details of two anti-ship cruise missiles — the C-602 and C-802A — designed to sink warships with displacement above 3,000 tonnes, reports national broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV).

Top China Arms Maker Goes Global With Cheaper Tanks

Sep 25, 2014

  • Namibia Deputy Defense Minister Petrus Iilonga, wearing Prada SpA sunglasses and a Lenin pin, studied models of battle tanks before representatives from Norinco, also known as China North Industries Group Corp., ushered him into a room marked VIP for some personal salesmanship. Nearby, the Tanzanian military chief, General Davis Mwamunyange, furrowed his brow while a company official in a charcoal suit and an orange tie discussed a truck with a radar device mounted on the back.
  • “The Chinese systems are simply cheaper, they are reliable, and they are tailored to the conditions of developing countries,” said Anthony Cordesman, a national security analyst at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies. “As the systems get more sophisticated, they will undercut Europe and the U.S. and compete with Russia.”

China’s Nuclear Threshold and No First-Use

September 24, 2014

  • The original statement also contains an explanation of why China decided to develop nuclear weapons. It notes that it was not because China plans to use them, but rather to oppose the “nuclear blackmail and nuclear threats” made by others. Although China’s declaration may appear to be a moral or symbolic act, it also reflects the hard-nosed strategic calculation that there is no imaginable scenario in which using nuclear weapons would end well for China. Taken as a whole, the language expresses the view that self-assurance of immunity to nuclear blackmail is the sole purpose of China’s nuclear arsenal.

China developing a stealth bomber


  • The development of a stealth bomber received “renewed national attention” back in Oct. 2013, according to colonel Wu Guohui, an associate professor from China’s National Defense University. “In the past China has been weak regarding bombers, but in the future will develop long-range strike aircraft,” he said. Even though the PLA Air Force has said virtually nothing regarding their plans, the H-20’s completion is rumored to fall somewhere around 2025.

US Navy Issues Warnings on Russia, China’s Submarine Fleets

Sep 20, 2014

  • “The world has become multi-polar and we have competition for global influence and power from a rising China — which is also very much on our mind. The Chinese have had ballistic missile submarines in some form for a while. Their pace has accelerated and they have several nuclear ballistic missile submarines and are continuing to build more,” Connor said.
  • In particular, ONI raised concerns about China’s fast-growing submarine force, to include the Jin-class ballistic nuclear submarines, which will likely commence deterrent patrols in 2014, according to the report. The expected operational deployment of the Jin SSBN “would mark China’s first credible at-sea-second-strike nuclear capability,” the report states.
  • Overall, China’s fleet of submarines has quickly increased in offensive weapons technology over the last 10 years. A decade ago, only a few Chinese submarines could fire modern anti-ship cruise missiles. Now, more than half of the conventional attack submarines are configured to fire anti-ship cruise missiles, or ASCMs, the report states.

Beidou navigation system gives boost to battle against terrorism in Xinjiang


  • China’s Beidou Navigation Satellite System is aiding the fight against terrorism in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, a senior scientist said.

China trials new air defense missile system


  • Shen Zhongfang, a missile expert from China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp. (CASIC), talks about the FD-2000. “The radar helps us to deal with multiple targets. As one of the most important pieces of equipment for long-ranged air strikes, the phased array radar is able to monitor 100 targets in the air, and launch strikes to eight targets threatening our defense simultaneously.”

Chinese military develops new anti-tank missile

Aug 26, 2014

  • The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) ground force will have another new state-of-the-art weapon in its arsenal-the HJ-12 anti-tank missile, which can destroy tanks at a distance of more than 4 km, state-run China Daily reported today.

PLA to set up new ‘Aerospace Force’ branch


  • The People’s Liberation Army is expediting plans to set up a new “Aerospace Force” which is expected to be capable of taking on the United States military in emergency situations, according to a report from Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun.
  • Since the beginning of the year, Chinese president and CMC chairperson Xi Jinping has repeatedly emphasized moving progressively toward space militarization. In April, he urged the development of a “new-type combat force” and told military leaders they need to be able to deal with air and space emergencies “swiftly and effectively.” During a session with PLA cadres in June, he also stated the importance of integrating air and space capabilities to create a powerful air force capable of safeguarding national sovereignty, security and development.

China may obtain Russia’s latest air missile system S400


  • Chinese military commentators said China may become the first foreign buyer of Russia’s S400 surface-to-air missile system, which could help the country integrate its air defense and anti-missile systems, reports Chinese national broadcaster CCTV.

Futuristic Chinese ‘supersonic’ sub could reach US shores in under two hours

August 26, 2014

  • According to the South China Morning Post (SCMP), the super-fast technology was developed by scientists at the Harbin Institute of Technology, and would allow underwater submarines or torpedoes to exceed the equivalent speed of sound under water – about 3,600 miles per hour.
  • Professor Li Fengchen said that when the vessel hits the water, one of its mechanisms continuously sprays a “special liquid membrane” all over the object’s surface. This membrane eventually wears off, but by the time the vessel reaches 46 miles per hour, it’s going fast enough to enter supercavitation state and generate an air bubble capable of helping it cover previously unknown distances.

China considers buying four Russian Amur-Class AIP submarines


  • China reportedly signed two military sale frameworks with Moscow, of which Russia will jointly build four Amur-Class AIP submarines with China and sell them to the country while China will buy 24 Su-35 fighters from Russia, reports Sina’s military news portal.

PLA’s JL-2 SLBM set to enter service in near future


  • The JL-2, China’s second-generation submarine-launched ballistic missile, is set to enter service. China may develop its next generation with a range of at least 12,000 km in order to reach North America from the South China Sea, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Want Daily.

The Z-18F helicopter, China’s new anti-submarine weapon


  • To strengthen the anti-submarine capability of the People’s Liberation Army Navy, Z-18F helicopters will likely serve on the Liaoning, the nation’s first aircraft carrier, and the Type 071 Yuzhao-class amphibious transport docks, according to a report by the Hangzhou-based Qianjiang Evening News on Aug. 12.
  • Li also stated that the Z-18F is likely able to carry four 324mm torpedos simultaneously with the two external stores support system it has. Most anti-submarine helicopters designed in Western nations such as the SH-60, the NH-90 and the Super Lynx are only able to carry two torpedoes. Li said, however, that Westland’s EH-101 is a better and more advanced anti-submarine platform than the Z-18F.

PLA’s new CSS-20 missile could take out US Pacific bases


  • China’s new CSS-20 ballistic missile could take out all US military facilities in the Western Pacific, claims the Kanwa Defense Review operated by Andrei Chang, also known as Pinkov, a military analyst based in Canada.

China’s joint operations command center ‘already operational’


  • China has established a central joint operations command center that controls country’s army, navy and air force, according to a report in the Kanwa Defense Review, the military magazine of Canada-based news organization Kanwa Information Center.

China conducts test flights for nine aircraft: Kanwa


  • To strengthen the fighting and power projection capabilities of its air force, China is currently testing nine different new types of aircraft, according to the Canada-based Kanwa Defense Review.
  • One of those aircraft is China’s first fifth-generation stealth fighter, the J-20. Photos released on a Chinese military website indicate that the J-20 is a multirole fighter designed for both aerial combat and ground attack because of its longer and larger build than Russian fighters such as the Su-33 and Su-37. China is testing the avionic system of J-20 through attaching its radar to a Russian-built Tu-204 passenger plane.
  • Another four — the J-10B, J-11B, J-16 and J-15 — are fourth-generation fighters for China’s air force and navy. Tactical bombers such as the JH-7A and JH-7B are being examined as well. The J-16 has already gone through test flights for three years. To shorten the process, Shenyang Aircraft Corporation has decided to modify the aircraft’s weapon systems. After the J-20 and J-31 begin service, their the J-16’s primary mission will be to provide close air support for ground forces.
  • The Y-20 medium transport and KJ-500 early warning aircraft are the last two military aircraft currently being tested in China. The KJ-500 is being tested by Xi’an Aircraft Industry Corporation at the Yanliang airport. Unlike its prodecessor, the KJ-200, the KJ-500 is designed based on the Y-9 cargo plane. The official name of this new early warning aircraft has not yet been confirmed in China.

Assessing China’s airborne early warning and control systems


  • China has successfully developed it own airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) system, with the KJ-2000 and the KJ-200, reported overseas Chinese news outlet Duowei on Aug. 4.
  • The KJ-2000, based on the Russian Ilyushin IL-76, is equipped with domestically designed radar and active electronically scanned array (AESA). Unlike the traditional rotating mechanical radars used by the US and Russia, AESA is immobile. It scans electronically through lifting and position gauging. The KJ-2000 is the first AWE&C system in the world to adopt AESA. The KJ-200, the backup for the KJ-2000, is equipped with a simplified system on the airbase of the Shaanxi Y-8. The two Chinese AEW&C systems complement each other and are able to serve in arranged pairs at different heights.

3rd anti-satellite missile test launch in China: report


  • Once China is fully capable of operating its anti-satellite interceptor, Minnick said that the United States may no longer be able to protect its surveillance, navigation and communications satellites. China’s first two anti-satellite tests involving the SC-19 design, based on the DF-21 ballistic missile, took place in 2007 and 2010. However, only the first test was launched directly against a weather satellite. The other two tests were against ballistic missiles.

China goes ballistic, tests nuclear-capable missiles able to reach U.S.

August 7, 2014

  • China’s military last week conducted flight tests of two intercontinental ballistic missiles, including one of its newest road-mobile DF-31As that can reach the United States with a nuclear warhead, according to U.S. officials.
  • The DF-31A is the front-line strategic missile of the People’s Liberation Army Second Artillery Corps, as China’s nuclear and conventional missile forces are called.
  • “China has the most active and diverse ballistic missile development program in the world,” said a report published recently by the Air Force’s National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC).
  • According to NASIC, the DF-31A has a range of more than 6,800 miles. The CSS-4 has a range of more than 7,500 miles. Both carry a single nuclear warhead.

China ‘increasing number of missile warheads’

04 August, 2014

  • The PLA has been increasing the number of both nuclear and conventional warheads in its strategic missile command, according to an official military document.
  • While nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missiles form the backbone of military deterrence among the world’s major nuclear powers, military strategists consider missiles armed with non-nuclear warheads as more “usable” weapons.

Greenert: China Moving Quickly to Modernize Navy

July 26, 2014

  • ASPEN, Colo., July 26, 2014 – China’s naval modernization program is moving at a rapid pace, the chief of U.S. naval operations said here yesterday.
  • China is participating in this year’s Rim of the Pacific Exercises. “They’re doing about average compared to all the other fleets, which is interesting,” Greenert said. “… Average is good — it’s good enough; it’s not what they thought. It’s a little difficult, multinational exercises.”
  • The Chinese aircraft carrier is “very Russian,” Greenert said.
  • But, the admiral said, the Chinese have completely upgraded their carrier. They stripped out all the old Russian-style equipment “and everything they put in is very modern and Chinese.”

PLA working to develop unmanned armored vehicles


  • “Unmanned ground vehicles will play a very important role in future ground combat. Realizing that, we have begun to explore how to refit our armored vehicles into unmanned ones,” said Major General Xu Hang, president of the PLA Academy of Armored Forces Engineering in Beijing. “Though we have yet to develop unmanned tanks, I think it is an irreversible trend that computers will gradually replace humans to control those fighting machines.”

US Can’t ‘Stick Our Heads In The Sand’ On Space Threats: Gen. Shelton

July 22, 2014

  • One veteran of both current space operations and futuristic wargames put it this way: “It’s not about how the Chinese can launch an anti-satellite weapon and take out any satellite in Low Earth Orbit [LEO],” Col. Alan “Rebel” Rebholz said at a recent Air Force Association breakfast. “It’s about how we prevent them from doing that. Whether it’s through physical action or State Department demarches, I don’t care, [but] we can’t afford to put a new LEO ISR satellite into orbit because we just don’t have the cash.”

US says China tested anti-satellite missile

July 25, 2014

  • State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the “non-destructive” test occurred Wednesday. She said a previous destructive test of the system in 2007 created thousands of pieces of dangerous debris in space.

China announces successful midcourse missile interception test


  • Shortly after conducting tests on its missile interception system on July 23, China’s Ministry’s of National Defense announced on its website that the testing had “achieved the preset goal.” According to Chinese military experts, it should also be a test for so-called midcourse interception, reflecting a great improvement in the country’s anti-missile technologies.
  • Anti-missile technologies are divided into three categories based on the timing of the launch of an interception-boost, terminal phase and midcourse. The US PAC-3 system and Russia’s S-400 system are both examples of the terminal phase interception type. Given that midcourse interception involves more sophisticated technology than terminal phase, currently only the United States and China are conducting this research.
  • Terminal phase interception mainly targets strategic ballistic missiles with a range of 1,000 kilometers. The interception can take place after a missile enters the atmosphere at an altitude of 2-30 kilometers. The height of interception at the midcourse stage reaches about 180 km, meaning the interception can take pace not only within but also outside the atmosphere. The capacity allows the interception of intermediate and long-range ballistic missiles, even intercontinental missiles.

PLA YJ-12 missile the most dangerous threat to US Navy: US expert


  • On page 40 of the Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2014 published by the Pentagon for congress indicated, this cruise missile provides an increased threat to naval assets, due to its long range and supersonic speeds. In addition, the YJ-12 is capable of being launched from PLA Navy Air Force’s H-6 strategic bombers. Haddick said, therefore that the YJ-12 poses more of a risk that the DF-21 anti-ship ballistic missiles.
  • Citing a study conducted by the US Naval War College in 2011, Haddick said that the YJ-12 has a range of 400 kilometers. This makes the YJ-12 one of the world’s longest-range anti-ship cruise missile. Haddick said that the range of the US Navy’s Harpoon missile is only 124 kilometers. The extended range allows the PLA Navy’s aircraft to launch the YJ-12 beyond the engagement range of the Navy’s Aegis Combat System and the SM-2 surface-to-air missiles that protect US aircraft carrier strike groups.

Rising red tide: China’s Navy in frenzy to build new nuclear-powered attack subs

July 4, 2014

  • China’s military is investing heavily in advanced submarines, including both ballistic and cruise missile firing vessels and attack subs.
  • The mock-up could be the first peek at China’s Type-095 attack submarine — the second nuclear-powered attack submarine being built by the Chinese after its current Type-093.
  • In addition to the attack subs, the Chinese also are building two new ballistic missile submarines, the Type-094 and Type-096.

PLA constructing more Type 054A frigates


  • The Yueyang, a Type 054A guided-missile frigate of the People’s Liberation Army Navy, is participating in the ongoing RIMPAC 2014 joint naval exercise held in Hawaii, and the country is already underway constructing more frigates of the same class, reports the state-run China News Service.

China dominates 13th Military & Police Sniper World Cup


  • Chinese competitors pose for photos with trophies and the national flag at the 13th Police and Military Sniper World Cup in Budapest, Hungary, on June 17, 2014.
  • (ECNS) — China placed first in three of the five individual and team events at the 13th Military and Police Sniper World Cup held in Budapest, capital of Hungary.

PLA completes next-gen nuclear submarine tests in S China Sea


  • The People’s Liberation Army Navy has successfully completed its first organized tests of China’s new generation of nuclear submarines, reports the Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily.

Pentagon recommends closer US military ties with China


  • Addressing the potential threat of the People’s Liberation Army’s modernization program, the annual report covering the military development of the People’s Republic of China delivered by the Pentagon to the Congress on June 5 also suggested Washington should build a healthy military-to-military relationship with Beijing.

China’s Air Force Modernization: ‘Unprecedented in History’

June 06, 2014

  • The People Liberation Army Air Force’s (PLAAF) ongoing modernization is taking place at a rate unprecedented in history, the U.S. Department of Defense said on Thursday.
  • “The PLAAF is pursuing modernization on a scale unprecedented in its history and is rapidly closing the gap with Western air forces across a broad spectrum of capabilities including aircraft, command and control (C2), jammers, electronic warfare (EW), and data links,” the Pentagon said in its annual report on China’s military modernization, which was released on Thursday. This claim is new this year and was not included in the annual report in 2013.
  • After stating that the PLAAF is the largest Air Force in Asia and third largest in the world, the report noted that it is made up of “approximately 330,000 personnel and more than 2,800 total aircraft, not including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).”

China May Begin Naval Nuclear-Deterrence Patrols in 2014: Pentagon

June 5, 2014

  • The Jin-class submarines are understood to be armed with the new JL-2 long-range ballistic missile, which has an estimated range of nearly 4,600 miles.
  • The Defense Department report does not offer a specific estimate of the current size of China’s nuclear arsenal. Independent experts have placed the number at around 250 warheads. The Pentagon does note, however, that China is expanding the size of its mobile intercontinental ballistic missile stockpile with the addition in recent years of the Dongfeng 31A missile. A more capable version, the Dongfeng 41, is still being developed, according to the document.

China’s Most Dangerous Missile (So Far)

July 2, 2014

  • According to a 2011 study that appeared in Naval War College Review, the YJ-12 ASCM has a range of 400 kilometers, making it one of the longest-ranged ASCMs ever fielded (and much longer than the 124 kilometer limit of the U.S. Navy Harpoon). Crucially, at 400 kilometers, Chinese attack aircraft will be able to launch the YJ-12 beyond the engagement range of the Navy’s Aegis Combat System and the SM-2 surface-to-air missiles that protect U.S. aircraft carrier strike groups.
  • The prospective Flanker/YJ-12 combination, eventually capable of reaching targets up to 1,900 kilometers from China, is an even more serious problem for the U.S. Pacific Fleet than is China’s DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missile.

Taiwan’s early warning radar can be jammed by China: report


  • “Like Taiwan’s radar, the Chinese radar is located on a hill top,” said the article. “By matching the pulse repetition frequency of Taiwan’s radar signals the Chinese radar can interfere with the ability of the SRP to track targets.” A senior Taiwanese official confirmed to Jane’s Defense Weekly that China’s large phased array radar has “interfered” with the SRP before.

US article on PLA weaponry blasted by Chinese general


  • Wang said Mizokami lacks the proper military knowledge to write about how the People’s Liberation Army could potentially use its weapons against the United States. Wang said that it is not necessary for the PLA Navy to sink an US aircraft carrier with its own aircraft carrier, contrary to the statements in his article. Wang said various types of long-range ballistic missile launched from a mobile launcher, aircraft, warship or submarine could be more deadly to an American aircraft carrier than the Liaoning, China’s first carrier which was commissioned in 2012.
  • As most military hardware that Chinese netizens and foreign military analysts see on websites are actually technology developed seven or eight years ago, Wang said it is irresponsible for any to offer a judgment about how the PLA might deploy them on the battlefield, whether against the United States or any other nation.

Cruise Missiles: China’s Real ‘Carrier Killer’

June 05, 2014

  • “A key element of the PLA’s investment in antiaccess/area-denial (A2/AD) capabilities is the development and deployment of large numbers of highly accurate antiship cruise missiles (ASCMs) and land-attack cruise missiles (LACMs) on a range of ground, air, and naval platforms. China’s growing arsenal of cruise missiles and the delivery platforms and C4ISR systems necessary to employ them pose new defense and nonproliferation challenges for the United States and its regional partners,” the report states.
  • “Chinese platforms may be able to deliver lethal, multi-axis saturation strikes against a CSG at extended ranges. Hamstrung by limited ASCM load-outs, Aegis defense of the CSG may be disadvantaged vis-à-vis PLAN opponents…. the growing preponderance of Chinese ASCMs could well affect where and how U.S. CSGs are able to operate in the future,” the report states. Once again, ASCMs hold a crucial advantage over the DF-21D in that they can be used in larger quantities and perhaps offer greater survivability both before and after being launched.

Congress Funds Army’s Hypersonic Missile After Chinese Strike Vehicle Test

May 29, 2014

  • The Chinese hypersonic strike vehicle test, which was first reported by the Washington Free Beacon and later confirmed by the Chinese Defense Ministry, marked a major leap in Beijing’s advanced arms program. U.S. officials said the strike vehicle test involved a maneuvering weapon that traveled at up to 10 times the speed of sound.
  • The Chinese hypersonic vehicle test, first disclosed by the Free Beacon in January, was a major high-tech arms breakthrough that caused concern within the Pentagon as the latest example of what the Pentagon calls anti-access, area denial capabilities designed to drive the United States out of Asia and prevent U.S. military forces from aiding regional allies.

China vows to respond to US military surveillance flights

August 28, 2014

  • Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said China’s military would closely monitor U.S. flights and reiterated calls for the U.S. to scale back or end such missions altogether. “According to different situations we will adopt different measures to make sure we safeguard our air and sea security of the country,” Yang said at a monthly news briefing.

Chinese Military Creates High-Level Cyber Intelligence Center

July 3, 2014

  • The center is part of the General Armaments Department, whose cyber spies “will provide strong support in obtaining high-quality intelligence research findings and help China gain advantage in national information security,” the PLA Daily reported.
  • The Pentagon’s latest annual report on the Chinese military, made public June 5, stated that China’s warfighting plans include cyber intelligence gathering for electronic attacks. “First, it will enable data collection for intelligence and computer network attack,” the report says. “Second, it constrains an adversary’s actions or slows their response. Third, it is as a force multiplier when coupled with kinetic attacks.” The Pentagon report said China’s plans for cyber warfare identify the use of network attacks as the key to achieving superiority in cyberspace. “China is using its computer network exploitation capability to support intelligence collection against the U.S. diplomatic, economic, and defense industrial base sectors that support U.S. national defense programs,” the Pentagon report said. “The information targeted could potentially be used to benefit China’s defense industry, high-technology industries.”

‘Very dangerous’: Pentagon says armed Chinese jet did ‘barrel roll’ over US aircraft

August 22, 2014

  • The Pentagon said Friday that a Chinese fighter jet made “several passes” by a U.S. Navy aircraft earlier this week off the coast of China in international airspace, baring its weapons and coming within mere feet of the U.S. plane. Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said Washington has lodged a protest to China through diplomatic channels, calling the maneuver “very close” and “very dangerous.” “Not only is it unprofessional, it’s unsafe,” Kirby said.

Chinese military spending exceeds $145 billion, drones advanced: U.S.

Jun 6, 2014

  • (Reuters) – China’s military spending exceeded $145 billion last year as it advanced a program modernizing an arsenal of drones, warships, jets, missiles and cyber weapons, the Pentagon said on Thursday, offering a far higher figure than Beijing’s official tally.
  • “China’s military investments provide it with a growing ability to project power at increasingly longer ranges,” the report said.
  • “China is using its … capability to support intelligence collection against the U.S. diplomatic, economic, and defense industrial base sectors that support U.S. national defense program,” it said.
  • The Pentagon also cited advances in Chinese drone technology. It pointed to a Defense Science Board report cautioning Beijing’s push “combines unlimited resources with technological awareness that might allow China to match or even outpace U.S. spending on unmanned systems in the future.”

PLA will up number of Type 041 subs to 60 in 10yrs


  • Experts have predicted that China is likely to increase the number of its type 041 conventional submarines to 60 or 70 over the next decade. The Japanese navy also plans to increase the number of its Soryu-class diesel-electric powered submarines from 16 to 22 in response to a perceived threat from China, reports our Chinese-language sister newspaper Want Daily.

Jiaolong-600 seaplane to take flight next year


  • The development of the Jiaolong-600 will see China surpass Japan, which makes the US-2, as the nation producing the world’s largest seaplane. The plane will enable the Chinese military to respond to any crisis in the disputed South China Sea in just two hours, according to the China Aviation News.

PLA could commission four carrier battle groups: Kanwa


  • The People’s Liberation Army Navy will commission between three and four carrier battle groups over the next 15 years, reports the latest issue of Kanwa Defense Review, a military magazine run by Andrei Chang also known as Pinkov, a defense expert from Canada.

PACOM chief: China spying on RIMPAC brings ‘good news’

July 29, 2014

  • “The good news about this is it’s a recognition, I think, or acceptance by the Chinese that what we’ve been saying to them for some time is that military operations and survey operations in another country’s [maritime zones] are within international law and are acceptable, and this is a fundamental right that nations have,” Adm. Samuel Locklear III, the commander of U.S. Pacific Command, told reporters at the Pentagon on Tuesday.

Expert to Congress: EMP ‘clear and present danger’


  • There’s a “clear and present danger to the U.S.” posed by an EMP weapon in the hands of an enemy nation, Peter Vincent Pry of EMPact America told the House Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies.
  • China’s military doctrine openly describes an EMP attack as the ultimate asymmetric weapon, striking the foundation of the U.S. infrastructure. The doctrine says that a surprise EMP attack “could be regarded as the ‘Pearl Harbor Incident’ of the 21st century” if carried out against “the enemy’s crucial information systems.” “Even a superpower such as the United States … cannot guarantee immunity.”

U.S. Says More Chinese Drills a ‘Natural Evolution’

Jul 29, 2014

  • An increase in Chinese maritime exercises in the Pacific is a “natural evolution” and the drills will grow in complexity as the navy boosts its capacity, commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet Vice Admiral Robert Thomas said. China is expected to keep up a “steady drumbeat” of exercises in the region, Thomas told reporters yesterday at the opening ceremony of a bilateral naval exercise with Singapore known as CARAT Singapore.

Chinese Government Website Confirms New Multi-Warhead ICBM

August 1, 2014

  • “On-site monitoring for Phase Two of the project’s final environmental assessment and approval of support conditions for the development of the DF-41 strategic missile by the 43rd Institute of the 4th Academy of Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) was initiated,” the notice said.
  • U.S. intelligence agencies estimate that the DF-41 has a range of between 6,835 miles and 7,456 miles and will be equipped with up to 10 multiple, independently-targetable warheads. It is regarded as a potential “first strike” weapon, or a weapon capable of carrying out a surprise nuclear attack that would knock out an enemy’s arsenal and limit its counterstrike capability.

U.S., China to participate in unprecedented joint ground force exercise

July 17, 2014

  • The Pentagon said Thursday that U.S. and Chinese military forces have agreed to participate in an unprecedented land training exercise together in Australia later this year.
  • Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Jeff Pool confirmed an Australian media report Thursday, which said the exercise will take place in October in rugged terrain, with a small but unspecified number of U.S. Marines, Australian and Chinese troops participating.

China sends spy ship off Hawaii during U.S.-led drills

Jul 21, 2014

  • (Reuters) – China has sent a spy ship to international waters off Hawaii during a giant U.S.-led naval exercise involving 22 countries, even though Beijing is participating in the drills for the first time this year, the U.S. Navy said on Sunday.
  • Even though the vessel was inside America’s 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone, it was operating within international law, James said. Still, James said he was unaware of any participant doing something similar since the drills began in 1971.

In cross-strait war China will use EMP weapons against US: report


  • China is likely to mobilize electromagnetic pulse weapons against the United States in a potential conflict over the Taiwan Strait, according to a report prepared by retired US defense department official F Michael Maloof for the WorldNetDaily, a conservative news website based in Washington DC.
  • Quoting Chinese defense analyst Lou Xiaoqing, the report said electromagnetic pulse weapons are likely to be used by the PLA as the primary means of incapacitating Taiwan and disabling American defenders in any forced attempt at unification. “Given that such a strategy was made public in an article entitled Electromagnetic Pulse Bombs are Chinese Ace, it is seen as reflecting the official Chinese government position,” said the report.

PLA’s new destroyer could bring down F-35 stealth fighter


  • The US fifth-generation F-35 stealth fighter can be detected by the radar system installed aboard the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s new Type 052D destroyers, according to the Moscow-based Voice of Russia, citing military experts.
  • Sivkov said that the most crucial part of China’s success is that the PLA Navy finally knows how to handle active electronically scanned array radar systems. With this technology, Chinese destroyers are able to track and shoot down F-35 fighters from a distance of 350 kilometers.

PLA to deploy its largest supply ship to South China Sea


  • The People’s Liberation Army Navy is set to deploy at least one of its Type 903A comprehensive supply ships to the disputed South China Sea to strengthen its force projection capability in the area, reports China’s nationalistic Global Times tabloid. China recently launched its fifth and largest Type 903A supply ship, the Fuchi, on May 31 in Guangzhou in southern China’s Guangdong province. With the capability to carry 11,000 tonnes of cargo, the 23,000-tonne Type 903A can provide fuel and rations to Chinese warships operating in the open sea. It can fuel two warships simultaneously during the operation, while it can also carry two Z-8 helicopters, which can be used to airdrop supplies to other vessels.

Pentagon Confirms New Chinese Long-Range ICBM Development

June 6, 2014

  • China is developing a new long-range intercontinental ballistic missile with multiple nuclear warheads as part of a large-scale strategic and conventional forces buildup, the Pentagon confirmed Thursday in its annual report to Congress. “China also is developing a new road-mobile ICBM known as the Dong Feng-41 (DF-41), possibly capable of carrying multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicles (MIRV),” the report says.
  • Most of its jet fighters will be advanced, fourth-generation fighters within the next several years, including two new stealth fighters, the J-20 and the J-31.
  • The H-6 bomber fleet has been upgraded to increase its lethality by deploying new standoff weapons on the aircraft, such as anti-ship cruise missiles and land attack cruise missiles.

RIMPAC 2014 and the Future of Sino-U.S. Military-to-Military Relations


  • In June 2014, the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) will for the first time join the biennial Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) — the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise. According to the U.S. Pacific Fleet website around 25,000 personnel from 23 nations, along with 49 surface ships, 6 submarines, and more than 200 aircraft will participate. The PLAN has dispatched the missile destroyer Haikou, the missile frigate Yueyang, the supply ship Qiandaohu and the hospital ship Peace Ark — all in all more than 1,100 men, including a commando unit and a diving squad — towards Hawaii. According to open source intelligence the Haikou — a Type 052C destroyer – is equipped with a modern naval weapons system based on the American Aegis Combat System (ACS).

China’s Underwater A2/AD Strategy

May 06, 2014

  • In last month’s issue of the United States Naval Institute’s Proceedings magazine, Lyle Goldstein and Shannon Knight explore recent Chinese writings that suggest Beijing “has deployed fixed ocean-floor acoustic arrays off its coasts, presumably with the intent to monitor foreign submarine activities in the near seas.” Citing works in Chinese journals such as Shandong Science, China Science Daily, Naval and Merchant Ships, two articles in Ship Electronic Engineering, and the widely respected Modern Ships seem to all but confirm China’s foray into this important area of military technology. As the authors note: “The sources presented here show beyond any reasonable doubt that China is hard at work deploying ocean-floor surveillance systems in its proximate waters.”

PLA’s new Type 056 corvette deployed to disputed Paracels


  • The Luzhou, the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s newest Type 056 corvette, will be deployed to the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, reports the Chinese-language Jiucheng Daily News. The PLA Navy currently operates 13 Type 056 corvettes, the paper said, adding that the Luzhou has similar capabilities to the littoral combat ship of the United States Navy. The vessel is designed to combat the enemy in shallow waters, and China plans to build a total number of 20 of the warships.

Chinese Ships Head to US-led Pacific Rim Exercises

June 09, 2014

  • China for the first time is sending multiple ships to a U.S.-led international maritime drill known as RIMPAC, or Rim of Pacific exercise . China’s official media describes the trip as a venture “deep into the tiger’s den.” Absent from this year’s participant list is Russia. Forty-seven ships, along with six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel, will participate in this year’s RIMPAC exercise.
  • According to Chinese media, four ships from People’s Liberation Army Navy – including a guided missile destroyer, a guided missile escort ship, a multi-purpose supply ship and a medical ship known as the Peace Arc – left Chinese ports Monday. China is also sending two helicopters, a team of divers and a special forces unit, for a total of 1,100 members of its military.—led-pacific-rim-exercises/1933095.html

China’s ‘Snow Leopard’ commando wins champion at 6th Warrior Competition

May 07, 2014

  • The “Snow Leopard” commando under the Chinese People’s Armed Police Force (APF) has won the champion at the 6th “Warrior Competition” in Jordan. The five-day-long 6th International Special Operation Forces Competition, the “Warrior Competition”, came to an end on May 5, 2014 at the King Abdullah II Special Operation Training Center in Amman, capital of Jordan.

PLA monitoring foreign submarines in South China Sea


  • Quoting an article written by Lyle Goldstein and Shannon Knight for the United States Naval Institute’s Proceedings magazine, Kazianis noted that China has deployed fixed ocean-floor acoustic arrays off its coastline, while research suggests that China is deploying the new system for anti-submarine warfare.
  • Kazianis praised the work of Goldstein and Knight, which cited several Chinese-language journals such as Shandong Science, China Science Daily, Naval and Merchant Ships and Ship Electronic Engineering. He added that their research has shown that China is now hard at work deploying ocean-floor surveillance systems in its proximate waters.
  • Meanwhile, an article for the Global Times, a newspaper published under the auspices of the Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily, indicated that the People’s Liberation Army Navy has already established its first underwater listening network. The system based at Sanya in southern China’s Hainan province monitors the movement of foreign submarines in Chinese waters, the paper said.

China’s Beidou navigation system makes breakthrough


  • China’s independently-developed Beidou differential navigation satellite system has achieved a positioning accuracy within one meter, a major breakthrough in marine application, local authorities said Friday.
  • The Beidou Radio Beacon-Differential Beidou Navigation Satellite System (RBN-DBDS) is an augmentation system that provides improved positioning accuracy of the GPS-like Beidou Navigation Satellite System by broadcasting differential corrections to Beidou receivers in the medium frequency radio beacon band (285-325 khz), said Wang Cheng, a senior engineer of the Beihai Navigation Safety Administration under the Ministry of Transport, the developer of the system.

China Takes the Fight to Space

April 21, 2014

  • China’s plan to militarize its space activities has been in development for years. Its space program is controlled by its military, unlike in the U.S., where military services and NASA have separate agencies and leadership. Repeated Pentagon reports in recent years on China’s military activities have noted the country has built up the means of disabling foreign satellites. And technological advantages have been growing steadily.
  • China shocked the world in 2007 by successfully destroying one of its aging weather satellites, demonstrating an anti-satellite capability that few nations can match.
  • Offensive space weapons would undoubtedly be employed in conjunction with China’s advanced cyber warfare capabilities. By blinding satellites while knocking down computer networks through distributed denials of service, Beijing could effectively prevent U.S. forces from operating in Asia and beyond. This is what the Chinese call “war under informationized conditions,” a twist on the “joint operations” that the U.S. military touts.

China Military Aims To Build Up Space Defences

15 April 2014

  • China’s President has called for improvements to the country’s space and air defence capabilities amid what state media says is a response to the increasing militarisation of space by the US and other rivals.

China Pushes Into SE Asia Market With Array of Weapons

Apr. 14, 2014

  • KUALA LUMPUR — Ten Chinese companies exhibiting at the Defense Services Asia (DSA) exhibition here this week are pushing wares as diverse as armored vests, missiles and submarines.

PLA Navy to commission two Zubr-class landing craft


  • At least two out of four Zubr-class air-cushioned landing craft which China purchased from Ukraine are ready to be commissioned by the People’s Liberation Army Navy, according to a report by the state-run Global Times on Apr. 10. China signed a contract worth US$315 million to purchase four Zubr-class landing craft from Ukraine back in 1999. While two of those vessels were built by Feodosiya Shipbuilding Company in Ukraine, the construction of the other two Zubr-class will be completed in China. After the arrival of the first Zubr-class landing craft in China from Ukraine in May 2013, the construction of the first domestic landing craft is almost complete as well.

Putin Approves Sale of S-400 to China

April 11, 2014

  • Vladimir Putin has approved in principle the sale of Russia’s most advanced air and missile defense system to China, Russian media outlets have reported. According to a report on the Russian business channel RBK TV, which was reproduced by BBC Monitoring, Russian President Putin has approved the sale of between two and four S-400 air and missile defense systems to China. Such a deal has long been under negotiation, and if approved would make China the first foreign customer of the advanced defense system. Already, China deploys a number of the Soviet-era S-300 defense system.

Us Intelligence Chief says China Preparing for Space War

February 26, 2012

  • The director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess, has gone on public record declaring that China is preparing for future warfare in space. “China’s successfully tested a direct ascent anti-satellite weapon (ASAT) missile and is developing jammers and directed-energy weapons for ASAT missions,” Burgess is quoted as saying. China is definitely testing its near Earth space warfare abilities. Besides the well-publicized destruction of their own test satellite, evidence emerged during the last quarter of 2011 that China may have attacked a U.S. satellite through cyber warfare. The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission issued their report with specific evidence that China may have interfered with the Terra EOS AM-1 Earth observation satellite twice. Russia is also aware that China’s new Beidou global positioning system satellites can be easily utilized for military purposes such as tracking ships and enabling highly accurate targeting capabilities of enemy assets during any future war. Like the Russians, the Pentagon too has expressed deep concern as the Chinese military could use the Beidou GPS system to track and target America’s naval fleet, including U.S. supercarriers. During late 2010 China began deploying its Dong Feng 21D cruise missiles designed to take out carriers.

The Great Game in Space China’s Evolving ASAT Weapons Programs and Their Implications for Future U.S. Strategy

  • China has been devoting significant resources to directed-energy weapons systems, particularly ground-based lasers, and have used them to target U.S. reconnaissance satellites. In August and September of 2006, China used high-powered, ground-based lasers to blind or “paint” U.S. reconnaissance satellites on several occasions as they passed over China. Reports stated that these were either ASAT tests or relatively “low-power” laser ranging devices intended to precisely determine satellite orbits for ASAT targeting purposes.22 According to one account, the “Chinese routinely turn powerful lasers skywards, demonstrating their potential to dazzle or permanently blind spy satellites.” This report went on to quote Gary Payton, a senior Pentagon official who said “They let us see their lasers. It is as if they are trying to intimidate us.”23 According to a Hong Kong news website, China has at least one very large “ASAT laser artillery” weapon deployed somewhere in its North Western territory, possibly somewhere high in Xinjiang’s Tianshan Mountains where there would be far less atmospheric interference to deal with.24

US lasers? PLA preparing to raise its deflector shields

10 March, 2014

  • Laser weapons like those developed by the United States pose little threat to the PLA – smog or no smog – because mainland researchers have pioneered coatings that can deflect beams and render them harmless, mainland scientists say.
  • After extensive research, Chinese scientists can now manipulate the physical and chemical properties of anti-laser materials and precisely control the amount of reflection, or absorption, of lasers, Huang said.
  • Low-cost metals, rare earths, carbon fibre, silver and even diamonds had been processed to fine sheens and tested against various types of destructive lasers.
  • Researchers in many of the papers say they have closely monitored laser developments in the West, especially in the US, and their coating technology has been tailored to counter specific weapon systems.

Mission From Crimea: 2nd Zubr Hovercraft Delivered To China


  • Despite political difficulties in Ukraine, the second Zubr air cushioned landing craft (LCAC) was handed off from Feodosiya Shipyard without incident. China had ordered four Zubr hovercraft from Ukraine, with two built in Ukraine and the transfer of technology to build another two in Huangpu, China. The Zubr is the world’s largest and most heavily armed hovercraft; it can carry three tanks or five hundred troops and has rockets, air defense missiles and autocannons. The Zubr also has enough range at 480 km to either attack large or small islands, or flank the coastlines of North Korea or Vietnam for Special Forces attacks.

National Defense highlights threat of China’s submarines


  • Magnuson said two PLA destroyers and a new amphibious vessel recently sailed through the Sunda Strait between the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra. A week later, they appeared in the Indian Ocean for a naval exercise in the region. The article said that this is the first time PLA Navy warships have been spotted in these waters. Magnuson said that China is not only increasing the number of its warships, but also adding different kind of vessels to its fleet.
  • Ronald O’Rourke, a specialist in naval affairs at the US Congressional Research Service said that reforms and improvements in maintenance and logistics, naval doctrine, personnel quality, education and training and exercises are also included in the modernization program of the Chinese navy. While China’s carrier was mentioned in the article, Magnuson also discussed the capability of Chinese submarines for counter-attacks against well equipped modern adversaries.
  • Jesse Karotkin, senior intelligence officer from the US office of naval intelligence, said the large but poorly equipped force of the 1980s has given way to a more modern submarine force, optimized primarily for regional, anti-surface warfare missions near major sea lines of communication.

Analysis points to China’s work on new anti-satellite weapon

Mar 17, 2014

  • (Reuters) – A detailed analysis of satellite imagery published Monday provides additional evidence that a Chinese rocket launch in May 2013 billed as a research mission was actually a test of a new anti-satellite weapon based on a road-mobile ballistic missile.
  • Brian Weeden, a former U.S. Air Force space analyst, published a 47-page analysis on the website of The Space Review, which he said showed that China appears to be testing a kinetic interceptor launched by a new rocket that could reach geostationary orbit about 36,000 km (22,500 miles) above the earth.
  • “If true, this would represent a significant development in China’s anti-satellite (ASAT) capabilities,” wrote Weeden, now a technical adviser for Secure World Foundation, a Colorado-based nonprofit focused on secure and peaceful uses of outer space. “No other country has tested a direct ascent ASAT weapon system that has the potential to reach deep space satellites in medium earth orbit, highly elliptical orbit or geostationary orbit,” he wrote, referring to orbital paths that are above 2,000 km (1,250 miles) over the earth.

China’s ballistic missile system for targeting aircraft carriers

March 5, 2014

  • China has established a novel system for using land-based ballistic missiles to deter America’s powerful nuclear-powered aircraft carriers from coming anywhere near its coast, says a team of Indian analysts. A constellation of satellites and at least one over-the-horizon radar give its Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile (ASBM) system the capability to work out the position of U.S. aircraft carriers at sea, according to assessments published by researchers at the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore.
  • “No one thought it was possible to target moving aircraft carriers with long-range ballistic missiles,” remarked S. Chandrashekar who participated in the assessment. The Chinese had come up with “a very innovative system” based on well-understood components.
  • China’s constellation of Yaogan military satellites includes those for electronic intelligence (ELINT) gathering that detect radio signals and other electronic emissions from an aircraft carrier and its associated warships. China currently has three clusters of ELINT satellites that provide global surveillance.

China to match US as only nations with 2 stealth fighters


  • After the Shenyang J-31 completed its first test flight on Mar. 3, the state-run Global Times announced that China has finally become the second nation in the world after the United States to operate two types of stealth fighter simultaneously.
  • With both the Chengdu J-20 and the J-31 — though neither has entered service yet — China will soon prove itself to be the only nation in the world to challenge US air supremacy in the region, the Global Times report said, gloating that since air power plays an extremely important role under US military doctrine, American soldiers and sailors will no longer have the confidence to defeat China once the latter has the capability to defeat the United States in a regional air war.

China gains ground as arms supplier, but US stays on top, SIPRI says


  • China has climbed a rung up the ladder of the world’s biggest arms suppliers, while the total volume of arms sales has grown 14 percent over the past five years, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said on Monday. China overtook France as fourth-largest arms exporter, claiming 6 percent of the market compared with France’s 5 percent.

China Fields New Intermediate-Range Nuclear Missile

March 3, 2014

  • U.S. intelligence agencies recently confirmed China’s development of a new intermediate-range nuclear missile (IRBM) called the Dongfeng-26C (DF-26C), U.S. officials said. The new missile is estimated to have a range of at least 2,200 miles—enough for Chinese military forces to conduct attacks on U.S. military facilities in Guam, a major hub for the Pentagon’s shift of U.S. forces to Asia Pacific.
  • The Pentagon’s latest report on China’s military forces, published last year, said the PLA is investing in “a series of advanced short- and medium-range conventional ballistic missiles, land-attack and anti-ship cruise missiles, counter-space weapons, and military cyberspace capabilities.”

New Chinese submarine patrol puts Hawaii, Alaska within nuke range – report

February 06, 2014

  • The US Naval Institute (USNI) reported that the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has tapped the Jin-class nuclear ballistic submarines to begin patrols in 2014. The subs will carry intercontinental range missiles that are thought to have a range of no less than 14,000 kilometers (8,699 miles) and can deliver a single or multiple warheads.
  • The new Jin-class Type 094 submarines are a technological marvel when compared to the Type 092 class that the PLAN has traditionally relied upon. Weighing 11,000 tons when fully submerged, the Navy sees this development as proof that the Chinese “want to get more on par with Western countries.”
  • Karotkin explained in his report that a number of factors have forced China to modernize its Navy, which now has more than 60 submarines, 55 medium and large amphibious ships, roughly 77 principal surface ships, and nearly 100 other small craft.

China’s Fleet Is Advancing Faster Than Expected

Feb. 5, 2014

  • The Office of Naval Intelligence issued an assessment on the Chinese navy as part of testimony to the U.S. China Economic and Security Review. ONI leaders found that China’s navy has evolved from a littoral force to one that is capable of meeting a wide range of missions to include being “increasingly capable of striking targets hundreds of miles from the Chinese mainland.”
  • The Chinese navy has 77 surface combatants, more than 60 submarines, 55 amphibious ships and about 85 missile-equipped small ships, according to the report first published by the U.S. Naval Institute. The report explains that more than 50 naval ships were “laid down, launched or commissioned” in 2013 and a similar number is planned for 2014.
  • ONI raised concerns about China’s fast-growing submarine force, to include the Jin-class ballistic nuclear submarines, which will likely commence deterrent patrols in 2014, according to the report. The expected operational deployment of the Jin SSBN “would mark China’s first credible at-sea-second-strike nuclear capability,” the report states. The submarine would fire the JL-2 submarine launched ballistic missile, which has a range of 4,000 nautical miles and would “enable the Jin to strike Hawaii, Alaska and possibly western portions of CONUS [continental United States] from East Asian waters,” ONI assessed.

US losing grip on Pacific: PACOM

January 17, 2014

  • The chief of the US Pacific Command (PACOM) has said the US military’s uncontested control over the Pacific region is coming to an end, and highlighted China’s rise as a potential risk to the country’s presence in the region.
  • Admiral Sam Locklear, commander of the US Pacific Command, Wednesday told an annual meeting of the Surface Navy Association in Virginia that, “Our historic dominance that most of us in this room have enjoyed is diminishing, no question,” reported the Defense News.
  • “William Fallon, former commander of the US Pacific Command, once told me that when he was deployed to the region during the Vietnam War, US vessels saw no sign of a Chinese warship in the region,” Yang said.
  • “While round after round of defense cuts have knocked America’s technological advantage on its back, the Chinese and other competitor nations push towards military parity with the United States; in some cases, as in this one, they appear to be leaping ahead of us,” the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Howard McKeon and two senior committee members said in a statement on Monday, reported AFP Thursday.

Rising Red tide: China encircles U.S. by sailing warships in American waters, arming neighbors

June 7, 2013

  • “The Chinese are deftly parrying our ‘Pivot to the Pacific’ with their own elegant countermoves,” said John Tkacik, a former State Department Asia hand.
  • The Chinese strategy is highlighted by Xi’s current visit to Trinidad, Costa Rica, and Mexico where he announced major loans of hundreds of millions of dollars that analysts say is part of buying influence in the hemisphere.
  • at a security conference in Singapore, US commander of Pacific forces Adm. Locklear confirmed Chinese military has been conducting naval incursions into the US EEZ
  • In Venezuela, China is helping the Caracas government circumvent U.S. arms embargoes by helping repair Venezuela’s U.S.-made gas turbine engines on frigates, he said. “Another company was marketing several short range ballistic missiles—with no apparent consideration about how it might promote a regional missile arms race,” Fisher said. “The basic U.S. policy is to ‘welcome’ China’s growing influence in Latin America but it is now time for Washington to use both positive and negative pressures to limit China’s strategic military reach into this hemisphere.”

‘No alternative’ but boost China military ties: US

Jun 2, 2012

  • SINGAPORE: There is “no other alternative” for the United States and China but to boost military-to-military relations to manage disputes, US defense secretary Leon Panetta said Saturday.
  • “Our relationship with China — we approach it in a very clear-eyed way. We are not naive about the relationship and neither is China,” he said in response to a question after a speech. “We both understand the differences we have, we both understand the conflicts we have but we also both understand that there really is no other alternative but for both of us to engage and to improve our communications and to improve our military-to-military relationship.”

Flight trainings of China’s PLA air force


China’s arms industry makes global inroads

20 Oct 2013

  • “China will be competing with us in many, many domains, and in the high end,” said Marwan Lahoud, the head of strategy and marketing at European Aeronautic Defense and Space, Europe’s largest aerospace company. “Out of 100 campaigns, that is, the commercial prospects we have, we may have the Chinese in front of us among the competitors in about three or four. They have the full range of capabilities, and they are offering them.”
  • The Stockholm institute released a report this year on global weapons transfers that found the volume of Chinese conventional weapons exports — which included high-end aircraft, missiles, ships and artillery — jumped by 162 percent from 2008 to 2012, compared with the previous five years. Pakistan is the leading customer. The institute now estimates that China is the fifth-largest arms exporter in the world, ahead of Britain. From 2003 to 2007, China ranked eighth.

China succeeded in conducting a land-based mid-course missile interception test


  • BEIJING, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) — China’s Defense Ministry confirmed late Sunday that China succeeded in conducting a land-based mid-course missile interception test within its territory. This was the second time that China announced such kind of missile test. A similar operation was launched on Jan. 11, 2010.
  • The success in the anti-missile test, together with a string of other military equipment progress including the sail of China’s first aircraft carrier and the test flight of a giant airfreighter, has demonstrated the country’s fast-growing ability to defend its own national security and deter any possible threats.

China submarines to soon carry nukes, draft U.S. report says

Nov 8, 2012

  • Beijing is “on the cusp of attaining a credible nuclear triad of land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles, and air-dropped nuclear bombs,” the report says.
  • China is estimated by the Arms Control Association, a private nonpartisan group in Washington, to have 240 nuclear warheads. The United States, by contrast, has some 5,113, including tactical, strategic and nondeployed weapons.
  • The new submarines and the JL-2 missile will give Chinese forces its “first credible sea-based nuclear capability,” the U.S. Defense Department said in its own 2012 annual report to Congress on military and security developments involving China.

China makes breakthrough in terminal-sensitive projectile

April 09, 2012

  • China has made breakthrough in the development of terminal-sensitive projectiles. At present China has established a system for the design, analysis, imitation, test and evaluation of terminal sensitive projectiles. Terminal-sensitive projectile is also called sensor-detonated projectile. The intelligent shell can detect the targets and turn the warhead toward them when it explodes, said Wang Huaijun, director at a weapon test center.

China Is Seen Nearing U.S.’s Military Power in Region

May 1, 2013

  • China’s growing industrial might is likely to allow it to mount an increasingly formidable challenge to the military supremacy of the United States in the waters around China that include Japan and Taiwan, though it will probably seek to avoid an outright armed conflict, according to a detailed new report by a group of American researchers. The report by the nine researchers, published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said the most likely outcome for the next two decades showed China narrowing the gap with the United States in military abilities, in areas including building aircraft carriers and stealth fighter jets. At the same time, the report, to be released Friday, said China’s economic interdependence with the United States and the rest of Asia would probably prevent it from becoming a full-blown, cold-war-style foe, or from using military force to try to drive the United States from the region.

China increases naval UAV use

April 10, 2012

  • The China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy has begun deploying unmanned aerial vehicles aboard its ships.
  • An important future use of the Chinese navy drones is suspected is seen as employing them to hunt for foreign submarines. In an impressive example of the Chinese military’s commitment to the principles of “asymmetric warfare,” researchers in China’s’ naval academy department of “underwater weaponry and chemical defense” in Dalian revealed how they intend to use ship-launched UAVs to locate underwater vessels.

China Has World’s Most Active Missile Programs, U.S. Says


  • China’s military has the world’s “most active and diverse ballistic missile program,” with an expanding inventory of nuclear warheads that can reach the U.S., according to a Pentagon intelligence report. The arsenal includes a new submarine-launched JL-2 ballistic missile that will for the first time let Chinese submarines target parts of the U.S. from near China’s coast, the National Air and Space Intelligence Center said in a new assessment obtained by Bloomberg News.
  • Admiral Samuel Locklear, head of the U.S. Pacific Command, told reporters in Washington today that China’s “sophisticated ballistic missile programs” were under way long “before there was ever any discussion about a strategic rebalance to the Asia-Pacific” by the U.S.

China hails first test of hypersonic nuclear missile carrier

15 January, 2014

  • It makes China the second country after the US to have successfully tested a hypersonic delivery vehicle capable of carrying nuclear warheads at a speed above Mach 10.
  • Professor Wang Yuhui , a researcher on hypersonic flight control at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, said she was not surprised by the test last week because China was technologically ready. The objective of hypersonic vehicles was to outmanoeuvre and penetrate a missile defence system, she said. “With a speed of Mach 10 or higher, it cannot be caught or tracked because defence systems don’t have enough time to respond,” Wang said. She said the US remained the indisputable leader in the field but no country was ready to deploy the first practical hypersonic missile as many technological challenges remained. One outstanding issue was how to achieve precise flight control at such high speeds.

China Conducts First Test of New Ultra-High Speed Missile Vehicle

January 13, 2014

  • China’s military last week conducted the first flight test of a new ultra-high speed missile vehicle aimed at delivering warheads through U.S. missile defenses, Pentagon officials said.
  • The new hypersonic vehicle was detected traveling at extremely high speeds during the flight test over China, said officials who discussed some details of the test. The hypersonic craft appears designed to be launched atop one of China’s intercontinental ballistic missiles, and then glides and maneuvers at speeds of up to 10 times the speed of sound from near space en route to its target, the officials said.
  • Hypersonic weapons use cutting edge technology for flying and maneuvering at ultra-high speeds in space and air. Future weapons will include powered and unpowered hypersonic vehicles fired from the last stages of ICBMs and submarine missiles, and from the bomb-bays of strategic bombers. Hypersonic cruise missiles and surveillance drones also are expected.

China Already Has A Plan To Sink The US Fleet In Any Upcoming Battles

Jan. 21, 2013

  • Tan Weihong, Commander of China’s Second Artillery Force said, “Conventional missiles are a trump card in modern warfare. So we must be ready at any time. We must be able to deliver a quick response to attacks, hit the targets with high accuracy, and destroy them totally. Of the 114 missiles [our brigade] has launched so far, all have accurately hit the target.”