PLAAF Rising

Speaking of the J-20, I couldn’t resist posting this picture showing two of China’s most advanced fighters sitting side by side; the stealth fighter is parked next to an unpainted J-10. Both of these planes represent serious leaps ahead for Chinese military aviation and both planes are rumored to have been built with stolen U.S.┬átechnical┬ádata.

  • Matt

    Besides China Defense Blog where do you get your photos of the Chinese military?

  • Lance

    You listen too the CHinese state media too much. The J-10 is a copy of both the EF-2000 and the defunked Israeli lavi ATF. It has same capilibilities as the US F-16 and is far inferior to the F-15 or F-22 in performance. The J-20 is 7-10 years away from production and seems to have a small weapons load for such a large aircraft hence sacrificeing capilibility for stealth China is improving its front line military but most of her reserve still made of of old J-7 MiG-21 aircraft and I still think Russia is a far more capilble threat than china is.

  • Dan

    Lance, you seem to forget that numbers can beat technology.
    Besides if used right a Typhoon could beat a Raptor.
    Also who says the J20 is 7-10 years from production?
    Just because it took the US twenty years to build 187 raptors doesn’t mean it will take them that long.

  • DanS

    Numbers, international trade numbers and investment trumps military fantasies. The US Chamber of Commerce and wall street would throw anyone under the bus who screws with the trade relationship. The US-China relationship is kinda like the Costanzas, lots of screaming, but mutually beneficial for all in the long run.

  • VikTor

    Looks like a copy well be looking for it in wallmart hahaha

  • Auyong Ah Meng

    I don’t think that drone UAV whether it is stealth-made or not….will get close enough to a carrier battle gruppe battle space to have a “real good” look before being swatted out of the skies…

    A bunch or many of them on the other hand may…but who cares in the end…you just need to hit the control stations/nodes (be it on the ground or air…by backtracking the control signals) controlling these un-manned birdies…you will see these birds falling outta the skies too…and well…bob’s your uncle!

  • Chimp

    Interesting picture. Sort of suggests that as of this year the J10A is still in production, which means no J-10B production. I wonder why, as the -B is on paper much more capable.

  • Maxtrue

    Range, VLO, larger weapon bays….gee, what does that add to? Axe at Wired thinks production lines and years of service make our technology like engines far better than China. Yes, but for how long? We are closing F-22 production lines, sending home NASA workers and struggling to keep the M12A SEP lines open.

  • Matt

    Just an observation, but doesn’t the J-10 look a lot like the Eurofighter or the Rafale?

  • Tad

    “…both planes are rumored to have been built with stolen U.S. technical data.”

    So what is the US to do when the Chinese-descended people it hires in its defense community steal data and send to China? After all, the US has graduated very few native-born engineers and scientists from its graduate programs in the past 15 years. Most are Chinese or other foreign nationals. Stupid is as stupid does.

  • Vok

    Americans are just n

  • Vok

    Americans are just not that good in math and engineering. you can call it a culture thing or failure in education system. Whatever it is, the future is bleak. Today if you go visiting universities and high tech companies or if you attend any tech conferences, you find most engineers are either indian or chinese descendent. Folks here are living in self-denial. Who is going to keep U.S. tech leadership You people? Besides hating or talking BS, what else can you do to stop American’s inevitable decline? If you really want to help, go study hard and choose a career in a technical field. That’s if you are lucky you can even find a job in the first place, most engineering jobs are shipped overseas along with industrial bases.

  • Steven R.

    Either way the US is the best and most powerful country in the world.

  • John B

    I would say US is the most in-debt technological advanced nation in the world.

    • blight

      Works for me, though I wonder if there are other countries with more debt as percentage of GDP…Japan might still be more highly leveraged?