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  • China Retires Last Type 051 Destroyers After 47 Years in Service
    China Retires Last Type 051 Destroyers After 47 Years in Service 3 September 2020
      China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy retired its last two Type 051 Class destroyers on August 28th. China commissioned 17 Type 051 Class ships into PLA service. The Type 051 was the PLA’s first ever guided missile destroyer. At the beginning of 2020 only two Type 051 Class ships remained in PLA service of the original 17: the heavily enhanced Type 051G Class ships Zhanjiang and Zhuhai. The ships were both launched in 1990 and commissioned the followin...
  • November Rumor for Chinese B-2 Spirit
    November Rumor for Chinese B-2 Spirit 9 May 2020
    The nuclear triad is an important step for countries to become superpowers. Continuing to work in this framework, China is close to completing the great trio. Beijing, which has not been able to bring its strategic bombing capability to the desired level at long range, continues its works. In this context, November is pointed out for the first results of the ongoing H-20 strategic bomber studies, in defence backstage. Rumors are circulating that the platform will be showcased at the...
  • AG600 Prepares for First Sea-Based Test Flight
    AG600 Prepares for First Sea-Based Test Flight 8 April 2020
    The AG600, China's large amphibious aeroplane, is preparing in Hubei Province to conduct its first maritime test flight this year. The aircraft has flown before. The AG600 conducted its land-based maiden flight in Zhuhai, in December 2017 and its first water-based test flight over a reservoir in Jingmen in October 2018. All previous flights took place from a controlled area like land and lake, unlike sea where conditions may vary. The amphibious air...
  • Chinese Blowfish A2 Drone Revealed at LIMA-2019
    Chinese Blowfish A2 Drone Revealed at LIMA-2019 6 April 2019
    Capable of delivering precision bombardment, the weirdly shaped Chinese helicopter drone Blowfish A2 Revealed at Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) in Malaysia. Guangdong-based Zhuhai Ziyan UAV company, the 1.87-meter long, 0.62-meter tall helicopter drone has a maximum take-off weight of 38 kilograms and is capable of carrying a 12-kilogram payload. In its strange belly-less fuselage, the Blowfish A2 can carry radar, jamming devices, guns or b...
  • J-20 is  Ready for Aerial Refuelling
    J-20 is  Ready for Aerial Refuelling 16 November 2018
    China's most advanced stealth fighter jet, the J-20, is now ready for aerial refuelling operations. The J-20 is equipped with a fuel-receiving probe on the right side of the cockpit, China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Tuesday. Embedded under the fuselage, the probe only pops up when the fighter jet conducts an aerial refuelling mission. On Sunday the J-20 displayed its missiles for the first time at the Airshow China 2018 in Zhuhai. The missiles were kept at i...
  • Anti-Ship Market Gets "Hot"
    Anti-Ship Market Gets "Hot" 8 November 2018
    China, introduced its CM-401 system at Air show China 2018 in Zhuhai. CM-401 is an anti-ship ballistic missile, has developed by CASIC (China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation Limited). The missile has a 6 Mach speed. System can perform hypersonic manoeuvres which can perform ballistic flights and cruise from upper layers of atmosphere. When the CM-401 reaches its target, the terminal phase starts and it starts to dive. The system, which is effective against medium and larg...
  • Anti-Ship Market Gets "Hot"
    Anti-Ship Market Gets "Hot" 8 November 2018
    China, introduced its CM-401 system at Air show China 2018 in Zhuhai. CM-401 is an anti-ship ballistic missile, has developed by CASIC (China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation Limited). The missile has a 6 Mach speed. System can perform hypersonic manoeuvres which can perform ballistic flights and cruise from upper layers of atmosphere. When the CM-401 reaches its target, the terminal phase starts and it starts to dive. The system, which is effective against medium and larg...
  • Thrust Vectoring System from China
    Thrust Vectoring System from China 6 November 2018
    Chinese thrust vectoring system has revealed for the first time. The system was seen on a J-10B aircraft in a photo taken during the preparations for the aviation exhibition in Zhuhai. Thrust vectoring nozzles are clearly visible in image. System is integrated on WS-10 jet engine. According to Jane's Defence Weekly, there are also smoke pods under the wing. This leads to the possibility that the aircraft will be able to make a flight demonstration during the airshow and show inc...
  • China Introduces Tilt-Rotor UAV
    China Introduces Tilt-Rotor UAV 3 November 2018
    China Aviation and Aerodynamics Academy, which operates under the China Aviation Sciences and Technology Company, introduced its new product. The system, called CH-10, is a tilt-rotor UAV. The platform can perform vertical take-off as like a helicopter and continues its movement like a fixed-wing aircraft. The change between flight modes forward movement of the rotors. The system, which can be used in reconnaissance and offensive missions, can carry identification, detect, search, r...
  • Chinese J-20 Stealth Fighters to Join Zhuhai Airshow
    Chinese J-20 Stealth Fighters to Join Zhuhai Airshow 1 November 2018
    Chinese J-20 fighters are expected to appear at Zhuhai Airshow even though they are not listed on the Airshow list. Multiple J-20 stealth fighter jets were spotted in the skies above Zhuhai, South China’s Guangdong Province on Tuesday. Four J-20s under the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force flew over the Zhuhai Jinwan Airport at about 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Two J-20 formations, each consisting of two fighter jets, made a low pass through the airport, after which one...
  • China's FTC-2000G Conducts Maiden Flight 1 October 2018
    The AVIC FTC-2000G has conducted its maiden flight from Anshun Airport southwest China's Guizhou Province. The first flight took place on 28 September. The FTC-2000G was developed by the Guizhou Aviation Industry Corporation under the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). The aircraft, based on the FTC-2000 advanced jet trainer, is now multi-functional military aircraft and has a ground attack, combat, and daily training capability and is targeted at the international...
  • China's New Drone Hit Five Targets in Succession
    China's New Drone Hit Five Targets in Succession 2 January 2018
    China's newly-developed reconnaissance and strike unmanned aerial system Wing Loong II hit five targets in succession with five different types of missiles in a single sortie, Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) announced on 31 December. The UAS has conducted firing tests with eight types of missiles and dozens of bombs so far, with a hit rate of 100 percent. Completing its maiden flight in northwestern China on 27 February this year, ...
  • Positive Technical Results from the Largest Amphibian
    Positive Technical Results from the Largest Amphibian 6 December 2017
    The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has successfully completed the official technical quality assessment of the world's largest amphibious aircraft for its maiden flight. The technical evaluation of the aircraft was held in Zhuhai City in south China's Guangdong Province and confirmed the plane is ready for flight.  AG600 The ‘Jiaolong’ (Water Dragon) is 37 meter in length, has a wingspan of 38,8 meters and a maximum take-off weight o...
  • J-20 Officially Commissioned
    J-20 Officially Commissioned 2 October 2017
    China's latest J-20 stealth fighter has been officially commissioned into military service, according to the Ministry of National Defence statement on Thursday. The twin-engine, single-seat J-20 is a fourth-generation medium and long-range fighter jet unveiled for the first time at the 11th Airshow China in Zhuhai. Built indigeniously in China, the aircraft made its maiden flight six years ago.  
  • Giant UAV Goes Into Mass Production
    Giant UAV Goes Into Mass Production 18 July 2017
    China's latest armed reconnaissance UAV Cai Hong 5 (Rainbow 5) is ready for serial production according to China Daily report. China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) has unveiled the first prototype of CH-5 at Zhuhai Airshow China 2016, held in November 2016. With its 20-meter wingspan, CH-5 is a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) class UAV has a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 3 thousand 300 kg and a payload capacity of 1 thousan...
  • Another Drone
    Another Drone 14 November 2016
    The Aviation Industry Corporation of China's (AVIC) subsidiary Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) unveiled its new drone at Zhuhai Airshow China 2016 which has two different configurations; one being the armed reconnaissance model and the other designed specifically for ISR missions. The Cloud Shadow is powered by indigenious WP11C turbojet engine and features 9 m long and 3,66 m tall airframe. The armed configuration has six underwing points, compatible with (CASIC) AG-300/M air-to-groun...
  • Supersonic Chinese Missile Ready for Export
    Supersonic Chinese Missile Ready for Export 10 November 2016
    China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) offers its CM-302 anti-ship missile to foreign market. Being the export version of supersonic YJ-12A, CM-302 has a range of 280 km and claimed to have the capacity to disable a 5,000-tonne warship. Guided by satellite navigation, terminal homing is driven by an active radar seeker.  CASIC exhibited the missile at Zhuhai Airshow China 2016.
  • Armed Drone Competition by Chinese Manufacturers
    Armed Drone Competition by Chinese Manufacturers 9 November 2016
    China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) displayed a prototype of its latest armed reconnaissance UAV Cai Hong 5 (Rainbow 5) at Zhuhai Airshow China 2016,  held between 1-6 November. CH-5 is a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) class UAV with a  maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 3 thousand 300 kg and payload capacity of 1 thousand 200 kg. The UAV features three hardpoints under each wing and has electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensor turret with a thermal imager...
  • Is this the end of "Stealth" Tech?
    Is this the end of "Stealth" Tech? 8 November 2016
    China displayed new air defence radars capable of detecting stealth fighters at Zhuhai Airshow China 2016, held in Guangdong between 1-6 November. China Electronics Technology Group Corp, a state-owned defence company, developed three radars, JY-27A, YLC-8B and SLC-7. Jam-resistant JY-27A is a mobile long range surveillance radar and the other two combines mechanical scanning with advanced phased array technology to detect stealth fighters.
  • Armed Drone by China
    Armed Drone by China 7 November 2016
    Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has unveiled a new generation unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at Zhuhai Airshow China 2016. Wing Loong II strike-capable reconnaissance UAV has been developed by AVIC’s Chengdu Aircraft Corporation unit, featuring an array of compatible weaponry. The Chineese UAV is similar in appearance to General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc MQ-9 Reaper, featuring three underwing hardpoints on each sides. The maximum speed of the UAV is 370 km/h with a s...
  • AVIC unveils AV500W armed VTOL UAV development programme
    AVIC unveils AV500W armed VTOL UAV development programme 6 November 2016
    The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has revealed its latest armed reconnaissance vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the Airshow China 2016 exhibition in Zhuhai. AV500W prototype on display is shown with a mock-up of a 6 kg precision guide bomb that is also under development by AVIC. The AV500W is essentially a weaponised variant of the civilian model AV500 VTOL UAV modified to improve its structural rigidity, payload capacity, and ove...
  • New Player for Anti-sub Warfare
    New Player for Anti-sub Warfare 4 November 2016
    Russian Helicopters’s CEO announced at Zhuhai Airshow 2016 that an advanced shipborne anti-submarine helicopter, codenamed the Lamprey, is underway, as main tactical and technical, economic and operational parameters have been determined. The prototype of the helicopter is expected to be ready after 2020. Lampreys are to replace Russian Air Force’s Ka-27s for anti-submarine warfare missions.
  • New Mortar System by NORINCO
    New Mortar System by NORINCO 4 November 2016
    China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) unveiled yet another new technology at Zhuhai Airshow 2016. SH9, an all-terrain self-propelled (SP) 120 mm combined gun/mortar system, is based on an open top light unarmoured 4x4 platform with a maximum road speed of 130 km/h, and a range of up to 600 km. SH9 features a recoil force-reducing muzzle brake and is able to traverse 30° left/right, with elevation given from 20° to 80°. The maximum range of SH9 system is claimed to be 13,5 k...
  • Compact Missile system by China
    Compact Missile system by China 3 November 2016
    A new lightweight and man-portable precision missile system, Xiu Jian (Hidden Blade) (MANPADS), has been unveiled at the Zhuhai Airshow 2016, held in Guangdong, China between 1-6 November. Developed by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), Hidden Blade has been designed to enable troops to engage low flying aircraft and unarmored land vehicles. The launcher of the missile is a plastic polymer tube with a photoelectric sensor which provides the missile guidance. Lightweigh...
  • China J-20 Fighter Jet in Public Unveiling
    China J-20 Fighter Jet in Public Unveiling 3 November 2016
    China has showcased its long-awaited J-20 stealth fighter in public for the first time. Two Stealth jets performed a 60-second flypast at the Zhuhai air show. The J-20 has been developed and made by the Chengdu Aircraft Industries Group, a subsidiary of Aviation Industry Corporation of China.  China revealed its plans to develop its own stealth jets in mid-1990’s. Airplane made its maiden flight in 2011. J-20’s are expected to be operational by 2018.
  • Zhuhai Airshow Begins
    Zhuhai Airshow Begins 1 November 2016
    As China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition (Zhuhai Airshow China 2016) opened its doors to the visitors today, several new aircraft made their first appearance. Chengdu Aircraft Corporation’s J-10B, an improved variant of Chengdu J-10A in terms of avionics and radar systems, is one of the aircraft to be displayed for the first time. Powered by the AL-31FN M1, the aircraft featured an infrared search and track (IRST) sensor and a new electronic warning or countermeasures ...
  • China rolls out AG600 "Water Dragon" amphibian
    China rolls out AG600 "Water Dragon" amphibian 26 July 2016
    China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Company(CAIGA) rolled out the AG600, a new amphibian aircraft from a factory in Zhuhai, southern China, on 23 July. China’s self-developed amphibious aircraft AG600 The ‘Jiaolong’ (Water Dragon), intended to be the world’s largest amphibian, with a maximum take-off weight of 53.5tonnes. It is also larger than both the ShinMaywa US-2 from Japan and the Beriev Be-200 from Russia.   China ...