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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
May 15, 2020

What Will the Chinese Navy’s Next Frigate Look Like?

By Rick Joe
The U.S. Navy has chosen its next frigate; what will China’s look like?

April 16, 2020

Flankers vs Gripens: What Happened at the Falcon Strike 2015 Exercise?

By Rick Joe
A Chinese test pilot's lecture in December 2019 about the exercise sparked renewed discussion over the details.
March 03, 2020

China’s Military Advancements in the 2010s: Naval and Strike

By Rick Joe
Reviewing major and visible developments of the Chinese PLA Navy and missile force over the last decade.

February 05, 2020

China’s Military Advancements in the 2010s: Air and Ground

By Rick Joe
Reviewing the most major and visible developments the PLA and Chinese military industry have experienced in the 2010s.

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.

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