China today refuted western media reports which claimed that two Chinese air force test pilots were killed during J-15 fighter aircraft’s carrier testing and qualification. The source was a citation of the China Flight Test Establishment(CFTE) which had a mention of two pilots having sacrificed their lives.
The People’s Liberation Army rubbished reports published by The New York Times and USNI (US Naval Intelligence) and said that the reports are based on a wrong translation of a unit citation of the (CFTE) flight test squadron at Xian.
One report even concluded it was, “likely that at least two aircraft have been lost.”
In an accurate translation of the text, the citation refers to two test pilots from the same squadron who died in separate incidents (in 1994 and 2011) and not during the recent J-15 test flight.
The Citation said after translation, “Command noted that for a long time, which adhere to the development of national aviation brigade and the construction of a powerful air forces for the mission to educate and guide test pilot personal ideals into practice a strong army, officers and soldiers always maintained strong fighting spirit; actively explore the theory involved in the design, test flight, the successful completion of the test flight mission, to fill the aviation field of 13 blank; consciously resist the temptation, frankly facing death, several challenges equipment and physiological limits, there are two comrades lost their lives, especially for the successful completion of the J-15 aircraft successfully implemented in Liaoning ship stop landing and flying leaps slippery task to make a significant contribution”.
The Citation was referring to the Central Military Commission awarding honorary title to an Air Force flight brigade called the "Hero flight brigade".
China’s J-15 Flying Sharks are based on the Russian Su-33. First unveiled in 2010, the aircraft will carry indigenous Chinese weapons ranging from sensory systems, weapons, and engines.
The Liaoning is designed to carry 30 fixed wing aircraft and 24 helicopter while the Vikramaditya can carry just 16 MiG-29K aircraft and 10 helicopters. The Ukrainian carrier was purchased for $20 million in 1998 by a Hong Kong-based company called Chong Lot Travel Agency Ltd. The carrier was originally intended to be a casino until Chang Lot failed to acquire a license to run an offshore casino.
In 2005, she was moved to a dry dock in China to be rebuilt. Chong Lot spent an additional $65 million transporting the ship to China. It is not known on what terms the Chinese Navy acquired the carrier from the Chang Lot gambling company and how much it spent on refitting it.
The only information in the public domain is that the Chinese carrier has been equipped with an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) and Sea Eagle radars and weapons such as the Type 1030 CIWS main gun, and the FL-3000N missile system. The old anti-ship missile tubes have been plugged and are not expected to be used in an effort to free up internal space for storage.
First North-listed CybAero, which develops and markets unmanned helicopters, has performed demo flights on location for its major Chinese customer AVIC, which signed a framework agreement with CybAero this summer with an order value of SEK 700-800 million. The news comes only days after Swedish Defence Minister Karin Enström has demanded an explanation from the general director of the state-run FOI defence research institute, over an alleged weapon's co-operation with China, according to Radio Sweden
Turkey is in talks with France to procure new missile system after disagreements emerged with China on the issues of joint production and technology transfer over the defense system, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was reported as sayingon Sunday. “Some disagreements have emerged with China on the issues of joint production and technology transfer during negotiations over missile defense system,” Erdogan said, as he returned from the Nato summit in Wales
Russia and China are pushing ahead with talks over the supplies of multi-functional Sukhoi-35 fighter jets and diesel-electric submarines of Amur-1650 project, the general director of the Rostec corporation, Sergey Chemezov, was quoted as saying by various news agencies. “To my knowledge the negotiating process is underway
Swedish Defence Minister Karin Enström has demanded an explanation from the general director of the state-run FOI defence research institute, over an alleged weapon's co-operation with China, according to Radio Sweden."Sweden should not get around the weapon's embargo on China and therefore I have called on the general director to clarify that there is no substance in this," Enström told Swedish Radio News
China has successfully tested reconnaissance and strike drone Rainbow No.4 and completed simulation target practice, China News reported Tuesday
Russia will sue France if Paris refuses to honor a contract on construction of two Mistral-class helicopter carriers for the Russian Navy, Kremlin chief of staff Sergei Ivanov said Thursday. "We will file a lawsuit and demand compensation [if the contract is not fulfilled], as it's commonly done in a civilized world," Ivanov said
China's central military authority has reportedly “issued guidelines to enhance management of military information and severely crack down on illegal online activities involving military affairs”. According to PLA Daily, a military newspaper, the circular was issued by the Central Military Commission (CMC) to strengthen military information security of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) and armed police
Chinas military has reportedly conducted the first flight test of a new variant of one of its road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missiles. The test of a new DF-31B missile was conducted Sept
China recently tested what is believed to be the WS-10 (Taihang) and WS-15 (Emei) engines which the carrier-borne aircraft J-15 and the stealth fighter J-20 are likely to be equipped it. Test Flight Center of Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) successfully completed the first takeoff-and-landing test flight of the fighter planes recently on the plateau in Qinghai province, the Voice of China reported
Czech Republic Signs Iron Dome Deal
Australian C-130J LAIRCM Achieves Final Operational Capability
Saab Delivers Mobile Maintenance Facility to Hungarian Air Force
Lockheed to Equip Spanish F-110 Frigates with Solid State Radars
Airman falls from USAF C-130 While Training Over Gulf of Mexico: Reports
Russia to Lease New Military Airbase in Syria
AW101 Helicopter Crashes on top of Italian Battleship Deck
Germany To Finalise Order for 38 Eurofighter Jets, 110 E-Scan Radars
Several joint production and direct procurement programs could be halted if the US and Europe carry through with their threat...
Sanctions-hit Iran has found ingenious ways to develop military hardware
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly permeating the defence industry to aid and improve human decision-making
Upgrade of Russias Sukhoi Su-30SM fighters to equip them with armaments, radar, sensors and engines from the more powerful Su-35...
US companies sanctioned by China for supplying weapons to Taiwan may be denied rare earth elements (REEs), which have critical...
While the US F-35 stealth aircraft has become one the fastest selling fighter jets in the world aircraft market, thanks...