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China’s Expert Fighter Designer Knows Jets, Avoids America’s Mistakes

by Robert Beckhusen There’s aircraft designers, and then there’s ace designers. There are thousands of engineers around the world producing planes, but ace designers only come along once every few decades. The United States had Kelly Johnson, the designer of … Continue reading

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Mind the Gap: Airpower in the Asia-Pacific Region

by Paul Pryce. Paul Pryce is a Junior Research Fellow at the Atlantic Council of Canada. With degrees in political science from universities on both sides of the pond, he has previously worked in conflict resolution as a Research Fellow … Continue reading

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Maritime Machtverschiebungen: Aufstieg der BRICs, Abstieg des Westens? (2/2)

von Felix F. Seidler. Felix F. Seidler ist freier Mitarbeiter am Institut für Sicherheitspolitik an der Universität in Kiel und Administrator von Seidlers Sicherheitspolitik. Dieser Artikel wurde dort als erstes veröffentlicht. Der Westen und die BRICs schwächeln wirtschaftlich. Trotzdem sind … Continue reading

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Stealth Fighters Are Hard: Modernization of China’s Aerial Arsenal Encounters Obstacles

by DAVID AXE China has a brand-new jet fighter. Only it’s not really brand-new at all. The emergence of the much-touted Shenyang J-16, following years of speculation, represents a surprising twist in China’s more than decade-long effort to build a … Continue reading

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Second Copy of Chinese Stealth Fighter Enters Testing?

by DAVID AXE Sixteen months after the dramatic public debut of China’s first stealth-fighter prototype, a second copy has apparently entered testing. The additional J-20, apparently nicknamed “Annihilator” by the Chinese air force, could accelerate development of the heavy warplane. … Continue reading

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Did China Steal U.S. Stealth Secrets?

It was Beijing’s ironic Christmas present to the world. On Dec. 25, the first photos surfaced on-line depicting the long-anticipated Chengdu J-20, China’s first stealth fighter prototype. While pundits debated the significance — some predicting imminent doom, others urging calm — steadily more photos, and even videos, appeared. The sleek, supersonic J-20 flew for the first time on Jan. 10, and by then its dimensions and layout were clear. Continue reading

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Hypersonic Weapons Could Trump Chinese Advancements

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army made huge capability leaps in 2010, the fruit of a decade of steady, double-digit percentage annual budget increases. Accomplishments included matching America with 15 successful space launches; deploying its first apparent ocean-surveillance and targeting satellite system; going operational with a small number of long-range DF-21D Anti-Ship Ballistic Missiles; and achieving first flight with the Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter prototype. Continue reading

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