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Rick Joe

Rick Joe is a longtime follower of Chinese military developments, with a focus on air and naval platforms. His content and write ups are derived from cross examination of open source rumors and information. He is active on Reddit and can be found on Twitter.

Posts by Rick Joe
December 20, 2019

PLA Watching: A Beginner’s Guide to Analyzing China’s Military Tech

By Rick Joe
How to best track and make sense of new Chinese weapons development.

November 27, 2019

China’s Growing High-End Military Drone Force

By Rick Joe
China's People's Liberation Army is deploying increasingly sophisticated unmanned aerial vehicles and unmanned combat aerial vehicles.
October 21, 2019

Reviewing China’s National Day Parade

By Rick Joe
An in-depth look at the Chinese People's Liberation Army parade on October 1.

September 20, 2019

Beyond China's J-20 Stealth Fighter

By Rick Joe
Is a carrierborne FC-31 in the works? And what about Chinese 6th generation prospects?

August 16, 2019

China's J-20 Stealth Fighter Today and Into the 2020s

By Rick Joe
What's the current status of the J-20 and what may lie in the stealth fighter’s future going into the 2020s?

July 17, 2019

The Future of China's Amphibious Assault Fleet

By Rick Joe
What we know about the 075 Landing Helicopter Dock and other expected additions to the PLAN amphibious assault fleet.
June 18, 2019

A Mid-2019 Guide to Chinese Aircraft Carriers

By Rick Joe
What is the future trajectory of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy carrier program?

May 17, 2019

Anatomy of a Taiwan Invasion, Part 3: Taiwan's Countermeasures

By Rick Joe
A look at Taiwan's military force posture and procurement amid advances in capability by China's PLA.

April 19, 2019

Anatomy of a Taiwan Invasion Part 2: Missile and Naval Domains

By Rick Joe
What would be the role of China's missile and naval forces in an invasion of Taiwan?

April 03, 2019

Anatomy of a Taiwan Invasion: The Air Domain

By Rick Joe
How would the PLA use its air power in a Taiwan invasion in a late 2019 time frame?

February 15, 2019

Predicting the Chinese Navy of 2030

By Rick Joe
Making predictions for the Chinese Navy a decade in advance is difficult given the PLA’s overall opacity.
January 23, 2019

Pondering China's Future Nuclear Submarine Production

By Rick Joe
What will Chinese nuclear submarine production look like in the future?

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