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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
February 15, 2022

What a 19-Year-Old Study Tells Us About China’s J-20

By Rick Joe
A study from 2003 – now available in exclusive English translation – contains important insights on China’s fifth-generation (and beyond) fighter development.

November 23, 2021

Reviewing China’s New Stealth Fighters

By Rick Joe
What we know about the twin seat J-20 and carrier-borne FC-31 fighter – and a mystery tailless airframe captured in satellite imagery.
October 11, 2021

A Tale of 2 Navies: India and China’s Carrier Airwing Development

By Rick Joe
Despite the Indian Navy's head start in the 1990s, China's carrier capabilities and virtually all carrier-relevant industries have overtaken India's in scale and sophistication.

August 04, 2021

A Tale of 2 Navies: India and China’s Current Carrier and Escort Procurement

By Rick Joe
By 2030, how many carriers and escort ships will China and India each have on hand?

July 03, 2021

A Tale of 2 Navies: Reviewing India and China’s Aircraft Carrier Procurement

By Rick Joe
The 21st century carrier programs in India and China are fascinating for their similarities – and for their differences.

May 20, 2021

China’s J-15 Carrierborne Fighter: Sizing up the Competition

By Rick Joe
Just how capable is the J-15, and where does its future lie?
April 28, 2021

It’s Time to Talk About J-15, China’s First Carrierborne Fighter

By Rick Joe
Rumors of the J-15's unreliability have been greatly exaggerated.

February 18, 2021

The FC-31, China’s ‘Other’ Stealth Fighter

By Rick Joe
A look at the jet with many names – and its carrier-based future.

January 11, 2021

J-20: The Stealth Fighter That Changed PLA Watching Forever

By Rick Joe
A decade after the J-20's maiden flight, a look back at China's fifth generation stealth fighter – and how it changed PLA watching forever.

December 25, 2020

Hints of Chinese Naval Procurement Plans in the 2020s

By Rick Joe
All military forces have a desired force requirement and a desired “critical mass” to aspire toward. What does the 14th five-year plan tell us about China’s?

November 18, 2020

How the Descendants of a 1950s Bomber Transformed China’s Strike Reach

By Rick Joe
An overview of the H-6K family and its role in the PLA’s toolbox of strike options.
October 16, 2020

Will China Roll out a Twin Seat J-20?

By Rick Joe
Rumors abound over a twin-seat variant of the fifth-generation stealth fighter – but does it make sense?

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