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  • A Primer on PLA Aerospace Forces (2nd Ed.)

    CASI is pleased to announce the 2nd Edition of its "Primer on Trends in China’s Military Air, Space, and Missile Forces".  We have hard copies that we are happy to send you, and it is available online on our website here:CASI Primer 2nd Edition      The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) continues to develop rapidly across all aspects,
  • China and Russia historic flight

    Chinese and Russian bombers conducted a historic air patrol over the western Pacific.  The Russian Ministry of Defense issued a statement about the flight."On July 23, 2019, the Aerospace Force of Russia and the Air Force of the People’s Liberation Army of China conducted the first joint air patrol by long-range aircraft in the Asia-Pacific
  • PLAAF Maintenance issues

    This is just one example of the type of articles that CASI looks at every day.  Please let us know if you are interested in getting added to the research database list. Jin Liubiao (金柳标), an enlisted maintenance technician (机械员) of an Eastern TCAF Maintenance Group (东部战区航空兵某部机务大队), mentioned the unwritten rule for maintenance personnel:
  • Selling a Maritime Air Force The PLAAF’s Campaign for a Bigger Maritime Role

    Download the full report at:/Portals/10/CASI/Books/CASI_Maritime CAF_Web Version.pdf?ver=2019-04-05-111717-100Inter-service rivalry is an ever-present condition for militaries around the world. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is no exception to this rule. Since the end of 2015, the PLA has been undergoing massive reforms, both in strategic
  • The PLA’s Unmanned Aerial Systems New Capabilities for a “New Era” of Chinese Military Power

    The PLA's Unmanned Aerial Systems The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) continues to work diligently on all aspects of their aerospace forces. This includes areas not only of traditional aircraft, but also in more modern, and some cutting edge, technologies. The UAV is one area in which the People’s Republic of
  • China's hypersonic military projects include spaceplanes and rail guns

      Full report and graphics: https://www.popsci.com/chinas-hypersonic-work-speeds-upThe nation is focusing its research and development on tech that moves faster than the speed of sound.TENGYUNThe Tengyun spaceplane, first flight scheduled around 2020, will benefit from Chinese research into high-strength fuselage materials, as well as increased
  • China teases its new stealth bomber

     Full report and graphics: https://www.popsci.com/chinas-new-bomber-reveal Big NewsH-20Keeping in mind that the video image could very well bear little or no resemblance to the actual bomber, the bomber appears to be a large, cranked flying wing.Xian Aircraft CorporationAVIC, the Chinese conglomerate, teased audiences worldwide with the first
  • PLA Air Force's Four "Key Training Brands"

    PLA Air Force's Four "Key Training Brands" The PLAAF’s desire to advance its strategic transformation through qualitative changes is evidenced by its development of what it calls the “four key training brands” (四大品牌). These include: the Golden Helmet (金头盔) military competition; the Golden Dart (金飞镖) military
  • Brigadization of the PLA Air Force

    Brigadization of the PLA Air Force In 2016, China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) began to implement its 11th large-scale reorganization, including a 300,000-man force reduction. One key component of the reorganization was the PLA Air Force’s (PLAAF) shift away from its traditional Division-Regiment system to a
  • China's opening a factory to build engines for hypersonic missiles and spaceplanes

     Full article and graphics: https://www.popsci.com/chinas-hypersonic-engine-factoryReconnaissance and strike capabilities of aircrafts with these engines could upend air combat and strategies around the world.I PLANEThe hypersonic I Plane has a unique biplane configuration to increase its payload and reduce drag.China Science PressThe Institute of
  • China has big plans for a modern bomber

    Full article and graphics: https://www.popsci.com/explaining-chinas-big-bomber-plansThe H-20 is China's future stealth bomber.H-6KThe H-6K—a modernized version of a 60-year-old Soviet design—is the only mass-produced bomber in the world today.XinhuaChina's defense industry has been rapidly modernizing, though a few key gaps still lie between the
  • China's new stealth fighter uses powerful materials with geometry not found in nature

     Full article and graphics: https://www.popsci.com/chinas-new-stealth-fighter-uses-metamaterialsMetamaterials can make the J-20 an extra stealthy electromagnetic force.CAN YOU SEE ME?The J-20 is being deployed to elite PLAAF units. It likely uses metamaterials to increase stealth and electromagnetic performance.Henri KenhmannChina's new fighter,
  • China's hypersonic aircraft would fly from Beijing to New York in two hours

     Full article and graphics: https://www.popsci.com/china-hypersonic-double-wing-aircraft-i-planeThe double-wing plane just aced wind tunnel tests at speeds of nearly 5,600 miles per hour.I PLANEThe hypersonic I Plane's biplane configuration is unique even for hypersonic craft.China Science PressA team of researchers at the Chinese Academy of
  • China's J-20 stealth fighter jet has officially entered service

     Full article and graphics: https://www.popsci.com/chinas-j-20-stealth-fighter-officially-enters-serviceReady to "safeguard China's sovereignty, security and territorial integrity."J-20AThe J-20 is being deployed to elite PLAAF units.No CDThe People's Liberation Army Air Force has officially deployed its J-20 stealth fightersto frontline fighter
  • CASI Director testimony to the USCC

    Click here to see the testimony of CASI's Director, Dr. Brendan S. Mulvaney, at the February 2018 hearing of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.
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