China’s J-20 stealth fighter jet will spawn a 2-seater variant with functions such as a dedicated bomber and electronic warfare (EW) aircraft.
Currently, all stealth fighter jets feature single-seat, so the J-20 variant might become the first two-seat stealth fighter jet in the world, China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Wednesday.
“The aircraft will be serialized and its combat capability will constantly be upgraded," People's Daily quoted Yang Wei, hief designer of the J-20 as saying in March last year.
The J-20 "Mighty Dragon" is by design, highly customizable. To help pilots coping with large information at the control panel, the warplane has been outfitted with a second seat and a panel. Having variations that other countries do not possess will greatly expand the Chinese military's capability in an asymmetric warfare, Global Times reported.
“An upgraded J-20 will have improved avionics and fire control systems, more powerful engines and more weapons payload. The J-20 can also be modified to fulfil the role of Chinese FC-31 next generation carrier-borne fighter jet,” Global Times quoted Song Zhongping, a military expert as saying.
The US wanted to build a tactical bomber version of the F-22, the FB-22 owing to the aircraft’s supersonic speed and potential to penetrate airspace without being detected. The plan was, however, scrapped in 2006 because the US Air Force wanted a strategic bomber instead of a tactical one, US media outlet the National Interest reported.
Countries which have offered to participate in building submarines for Taiwan risk severely damaging relations with China, Beijing has asserted. Taiwan media last year reported that the United States (US) had approved the Transfer of Technology (ToT) that will allow Taiwan to produce its own submarines
China is considering setting up new overseas military bases to provide logistical support to Chinese units operating overseas, a senior People's Liberation Army (PLA) strategist said Thursday. “It is possible for China to build new overseas support facilities depending on two factors- the new base should help China better fulfil missions given by the United Nations; Second, it depends on the approval of the nation where the new base will be located,”
China has tested its most powerful non-nuclear bomb, claimed to be similar to the US-made Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) which was dropped from a H-6K bomber sometime in December. Called the ‘mother of all bombs taking off from the MOAB acronym, the bomb can obliterate armored fortifications and defensive positions using tanks and armored vehicles, state owned media reported
A couple of weeks after the US approved sale of 66 F-16 jets to Taiwan, Chinas Peoples Liberation Army- Air Force (PLA-AF) showed off a formation of seven J-20 stealth fighters in an official video. State television showed a video released by the PLA-AF showing seven planes taking off and flying in formation during a night sortie
China has started to hard-sell its J-10 fighter jet to Laos and Bangladesh to wean them off Russian aircraft such as the Yak-130 trainer/light fighter which both countries are considering. The country has been trying to get Pakistan interested in the J-10 but Islamabad has shown little interest despite several photo-ops of Pakistani military leaders in the cockpit of the J-10 fighter jet
The Chinese Army forces have been halved while the Navy and Air Force has been significantly boosted in an attempt to transform the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) into a comprehensive modern force, Xinhuanet reported on Sunday. The army now accounts for less than 50 per cent of the total number of PLA troops; almost half of the non-combatant units have been made redundant and the number of officers in the PLA has been reduced by 30 per cent, the report stated
Chinas People's Liberation Army (PLA) Rocket Force conducted a simulated intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) strike mission from an underground bunker against an imaginary enemy. China Central Television (CCTV) did not disclose details on the location and time of the exercise
The Chinese military are urged to develop new techniques and tactics to integrate Type99 tanks and J-20 fighter jets in the People's Liberation Army. As training began in 2019, an elite- combined arms brigade under the 81st Group Army of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Central Theater Command reflected how they failed to beat its opponent in a 2018 mock battle, despite being equipped with China's strongest main battle tank, the Type 99A,
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