Big Week for China Watchers

This week will be a big one for China watchers as the People’s Liberation Army holds a massive parade on Thursday in Beijing to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Japanese surrender during World War II.

The parade comes the same week Taiwan released its a report warning that China will declare an Air Defense Identification Zone, or ADIZ, in the South China Sea after it finishes building military facilities on the Spratly Islands, according to the aviation blog Alert 5.

The PLA plans to showcase its increasingly capable weaponry, from guns and missiles to tanks and fighter jets. An estimated 12,000 troops, between 100 and 200 aircraft, and some 500 pieces of equipment are expected to participate in the event, according to CNN.

Here’s what we’ll be watching for:

Fighter Jets

The event may include appearances by China’s fifth-generation stealth aircraft, including the Chengdu J-20 twin-engine fighter, Shenyang J-31 twin-engine multi-role attack aircraft and the J-18 jump-jet. The J-20 is a potential long-range asset that reportedly lifted designs from the F-22 and is slated to enter service in 2018. The J-31 is a multi-role aircraft designed in part for exports and is expected to enter service around the same time or 2019. The J-18 is a vertical takeoff and landing variant designed for use aboard aircraft carriers.

Ballistic Missiles

The parade may mark the first-ever public showing of a slew of ballistic missiles, including the Dong Feng (DF)-15B short-range ballistic missile, DF-16 and DF-21C medium-range ballistic missiles, DF-26 intermediate range ballistic missile, DF-31A and warhead section of the DF-5B intercontinental ballistic missiles, and the DF-10 land-attack cruise missile, according to Jane’s. Just this month, reports surfaced that the PLA was developing the liquid-fueled DF-5B to have one of the farthest ranges of any of the DF-family of missiles to strike targets anywhere on Earth.

Sub Hunters

With China engaged in territorial disputes with Japan and Taiwan, the role of maritime surveillance aircraft in the Asia-Pacific region are increasingly important. The U.S. is transitioning from the P-3 Orion made by Lockheed Martin Corp. to the P-8 Poseidon made by Boeing Co. Japan has been marketing to international customers its P-1 maritime patrol aircraft made by Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. Watch for China to show off its Shaanxi Y-8/Y-9 anti-submarine warfare plane, based on the Soviet-era four-engine prop plane Antonov An-12.

What equipment will you be on the lookout for? Tell us what you think.

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Brendan McGarry
Brendan McGarry is the managing editor of Military.com. He can be reached at brendan.mcgarry@military.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Brendan_McGarry.
  • Dfens

    We should have a parade showcasing all of our cancelled weapons. That will put fear in their hearts.

  • Barry

    Here’s what The Donald has to say about China.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=88&v=RDrfE9I8…

  • ttutiramos

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  • Lance

    Wow we get to see 3rd rate knock offs of the US JSF and the Russian MiG-1.44……….YAWN Quit getting a slobber on for China MCGarry.

  • usmvp

    Well, I am not going to attend China parade this week too.

  • Lawrence

    J-18? Think you hear or see a VTOL engine before you see a plane that is design around it… Or the Russian tell you they sold one

  • Big-D

    China defense industry=Made in China LOL

  • veej7485

    Just bc you can copy the way something looks doesn’t make it stealthy. Also they should send a thank card to to the US, bc with out US’s help they would be speaking Japanese.

  • Mike

    I’m with Big-D on his comment….. “China defense industry=Made is China. LOL!!!! Just a true statement.

  • shooi dan tom

    Leave China alone. It s 3rd world country trying to defend itself against invasion from
    Britain, Portugal, Russia, US, Japan, Germany, France ….. by build the best
    weapon it can. China can t just sit there. If China does nothing you will criticize it for
    doing nothing.

    • Big-D

      who would want to ‘invade’ China and inherit: a totally corrupt system, a billion people who live in third world conditions, a country that’s massively polluted from top to bottom, a country that can’t feed itself, a country that losing massive amounts of land to the desert, a culture that has no ethics, a system that depends upon thief of intellectual property, a culture that doesn’t give a shit about any other country or people, a coutry that would deliberatly use it’s coast guard ship to run over a much smaller ship and sink it with lose of life and not even slow down to rescue survivors….

    • blight_asdf

      Portugal? Wow, not even Xinhua or Pravda could make this stuff up.

      Perhaps the French and Britain are trying to sell opium again…

    • Bob

      You’re either delusional or a Chinese sympathizer! In either case, you’re stupid! China is doing the same thing today that it condemns Japan for doing during the pre-WWII years—military expansionism! Wake up!

      • shooi dan tom

        We are waking up. We want to learn from white people. We want to kill the
        natives and take their land in N America, S America, Falkland Islands, Hawaii,
        Polynesia Islands, Palestine, Australia, New Zealand, Guam…oh yes,
        REUNION ISLAND…….

    • Navyjag907

      Where exactly is Portugal massing its forces to attack China?

    • Phono

      “trying to defend itself against invasion from Britain, Portugal, […], Germany, France”

      What?

  • Ron

    By the way, it’s really sad when a country has to steal and copy another countries defense equipment in order to say they are equal and powerful. Be an innovator and gain the respect of the world. Not a copy cat!

  • flying rasta

    while we are very capable and i do have with in what is allowed by our military complex to see, less not forget the mistake made in 39-early 41in regards to japanese Zeros. we underestimated them and paid for it dearly in the first couple months…then we got really better at our designs and training. hubris. never forget this..underestimate your potential adversary will get you killed.

  • flying rasta

    **i do have faith in what**

  • niknak

    China planes LOL in combat…

    • spartan

      they did shoot down a bunch of US fighter jets in the Vietnam War without ever losing a single one of their own.

  • BlackOwl18E

    I don’t put much stock into Chinese made aircraft or their pilots. They have proven that they can’t maintain their Flanker fleet all that well, and in terms of aerial combat I don’t think they get the best training. Sure, they stole some of our stealth designs, but if they copied our stealth designs the way they copied the Russian designs, well, that’s not saying much…

  • Superraptor

    We are naive
    The j-20 is a fantastic plane w long range speed and stealth
    They will soon have 10000 nuclear warheads including tactical nuclear weapons for their surface ships
    The USN needs to have tactical nuclear missiles again in order to be able to defend itself in case of a nuclear attack on its ships
    Our small foolish president had all the navys 200 nuclear cruise missiles and warheads destroyed in 2010
    And the GOP is not doing anything about
    We have become a nation without courage and

  • Solace

    Jeez, you americans sound just as paranoid as the chinese. Clearly you haven’t learnt a thing from yours & russia’s near world destroying exploits of the cold war, and you’re walking into another arms race as fresh-faced & naive as the new communist superpower. The solution to the global risk, or at least potential for global risk from China eludes me, but stoking the fire of the perceived threat is something that both sides are guilty of.

  • IHTFP

    Designed in the U.S., assembled in China.

  • IHTFP

    No fifth-gen fighters :-(

  • kevin

    Maybe RR,had it right?(wouldnt that be a maalox moment)

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