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

Is China Preparing to Set Up an ADIZ in the South China Sea With Taiwan in Mind?
November 13, 2020

Is China Preparing to Set Up an ADIZ in the South China Sea With Taiwan in Mind?

By Lu Li-shih
Types of aircraft intruding in Taiwan’s Southwest Air Defense Identification Zone reveal PLA intent.
China’s Air Force Might Be Back in the Nuclear Business
September 09, 2020

China’s Air Force Might Be Back in the Nuclear Business

By Roderick Lee
Circumstantial evidence suggests that China now possesses a full nuclear triad.

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

What Are China’s Plans for its Airborne Corps?
April 20, 2019

What Are China’s Plans for its Airborne Corps?

By Ying Yu Lin
What the reshuffling of top leadership tells us about the future development of PLA aviation.

China’s J-20 Fighter Undergoes First Over-the-Sea Combat Training
May 11, 2018

China’s J-20 Fighter Undergoes First Over-the-Sea Combat Training

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The J-20 fighter jet recently conducted its first over-the-sea combat exercise, according to the Chinese military.

After US FONOP, China Intensifies Military Drills in South China Sea
March 26, 2018

After US FONOP, China Intensifies Military Drills in South China Sea

By Charlotte Gao
Tensions between China and the United States are rapidly building up.
Chief Engineer of China’s Alleged Stealth Fighter Vows New Capabilities For Aircraft
March 14, 2018

Chief Engineer of China’s Alleged Stealth Fighter Vows New Capabilities For Aircraft

By Franz-Stefan Gady
In an exclusive interview with Chinese state-run media, the J-20’s chief engineer pledged new capabilities for the aircraft.

China's New 5th Generation Fighter Takes Part in First Air Combat Drill
January 23, 2018

China's New 5th Generation Fighter Takes Part in First Air Combat Drill

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Several J-20 stealth fighters took part in combat exercises against less advanced Chinese fighter jets.

China’s First 5th Generation Fighter Moves Into Serial Production
October 31, 2017

China’s First 5th Generation Fighter Moves Into Serial Production

By Franz-Stefan Gady
China’s first stealth fighter will move soon into serial production, according to Chinese state-controlled media.

China’s First 5th Generation Fighter Jet Is Operational
October 02, 2017

China’s First 5th Generation Fighter Jet Is Operational

By Franz-Stefan Gady
China’s first stealth fighter has been officially commissioned into military service.
China’s First Fifth-Generation Fighter Jet Enters Service With the PLAAF
March 14, 2017

China’s First Fifth-Generation Fighter Jet Enters Service With the PLAAF

By Franz-Stefan Gady
China’s answer to the American F-22 Raptor has purportedly entered operational service with the Chinese Air Force.

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