China has stationed J-10 and J-11 fighter jets in the Western Theater Command covering Tibet which it claims are third generation plus aircraft to counter India's third generation fighters.
India has prepared its air base in the North Eastern part of country bordering Tibet so that its front-line its Su-30MKI fighter jets can operate there. In addition, the Dassault Rafale jets, which India is expected to receive from 2019 are intended for operation from high altitude airfields.
While the J-11 is based on the Russian Su-27 fighter jet but heavily modified to suit the Chinese Air Force's needs, the J-10 is said to be inspired by the US F-16 with technology sourced from Israel's abandoned Lavi aircraft program.
"Strengthening the 3.5-generation fighter jets or even stationing more advanced fighters in the Western Theatre Command has been urgent for the PLA," Song Zhongping, a Chinese military expert and TV commentator, told the Global Times on Tuesday, adding that such upgrades have been usually first conducted in south and east theatre commands.
The PLA website reported that the PLA Air Force conducted training at the foot of the Qilian Mountains in Northwest China's Gansu Province, and a navy aviation regiment was on patrol in Jiaodong Peninsula, East China's Shandong province.
The PLA website also reported on Monday that the North China Sea Fleet of the PLA Navy on Saturday conducted training exercises in the Yellow Sea.
During Spring Festival, real combat trainings have been included in patrol, such as submarine ambush, enemy warship attacks and mine clearing and laying, in preparation to face any emergency situation, an officer with the fleet said.
Two Chinese J-10 fighter jets armed with air-to-air missiles flew past a US Navy EP-3 reconnaissance plane in the East China Sea on Sunday afternoon almost causing a ‘collision. One of the Chinese J-10 jets flew under the American EP-3 jet and maneuvered suddenly, popping up 300 feet in front of the US plane and causing "the [US] EP-3 to take evasive action to avoid collision,” an unnamed official was quoted as saying by Fox News Tuesday
A Chinese fighter jet, J-11, has been detected on a Beijing-controlled island in the South China Sea for the first time in a year, according to a US think tank. "More fighters were believed to be in hangers nearby, US think tank Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) which is part of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies," was quoted as saying by various media Thursday
The China's PLA Air Force J-11B fighters have been equipped with indigenously-built engines. The PLA Air Force held an aviation open-day activity in Changchun, northeast China's Jilin province, on September 10, 2015, during which a J-11B fighter of the PLA Air Force conducted three demonstration flights
Chinas J-10B fighter is more advanced than the Su-30 and the F-15J aircraft in service with India and Japan respectively and the 3.5 generation American fighters deployed in the Asia-Pacific
China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) has deployed several types of high tech equipment along parts of its border with India including a surveillance camera network and a proposed satellite early-warning monitoring system. The equipment can be used in all environments, including those with extremes of temperature and topography such as the Himalayan region, some parts of which are in dispute with India
China is developing a reusable space plane that will be able to take off from a conventional runway and capable of taking people into space. The aircraft is being designed to transport passengers into near space and also to deliver astronauts and supplies to Chinas new space station, China Central Television reported Thursday
China has seen an increase of over 70 percent in its defense exports from 2012 to 2016 when compared to 2007-2011 overtaking Germany, France and the UK during the time. According to Chinese PLA Army run media publication, Chinamil, Barter trade and flexible payment terms have helped China to become the third largest weapon supplier in the world
China's defense budget in 2018 will be 1.1069 trillion yuan ($174
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