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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 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?

September 29, 2020

003 and More: An Update on China’s Aircraft Carriers

By Rick Joe
Over the past year, disparate elements of the Chinese Navy’s carrier development program have continued to progress and come together.
August 21, 2020

Whispers of 076, China’s Drone Carrying Assault Carrier

By Rick Joe
What do we know so far about China’s next amphibious assault ship?

July 12, 2020

The Chinese Navy’s Destroyer Fleet Will Double by 2025. Then What?

By Rick Joe
China is about to finish the current phase of destroyer construction. What comes next?

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.

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