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  • China’s Air Force Preparing for Contingencies in the Skies Over Ladakh

         Although current clashes along the Line of Actual Control between India and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) are contained to hand-to-hand fighting as of mid-June 2020, the death of several dozen soldiers on 15 June reveals the potential for the skirmish to escalate in scale. As Indian and PRC soldiers continue to clash along the border,
  • China's Aeroengine Industry

         As we move further into the era of 21st century great power competition, it is important to understand with whom we are competing. This report is our second in a series of studies by the China Aerospace Studies Institute that seeks to lay the foundation for better understanding the Aerospace Sector of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).   
  • Overview of the PLA Air Force’s Integrated Air & Space Strategy

    This paper examines the “integrated air and space capability” 1 (kongtian yiti / 空天一体) component of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force’s (PLAAF) first ever service strategy, which was implemented to coincide with the PLAAF’s 10th Party Congress in May 2004 and represented a major milestone in China’s efforts to build a “Strategic Air
  • 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:
  • The PLA’s Unmanned Aerial Systems: New Capabilities for a “New Era” of Chinese Military Power

    The People's Republic of China (PRC) is the world's largest producer of UAVs at this time and captures a vast portion of the commercial market, as well as the military one. While it is important to keep the commercial aspects in mind, this particular paper will focus on military UAVs, their development, deployments, and current and potential uses on the battlefield of today and tomorrow. The paper seeks to serve as a starting point to understand this growing field, and to give analysts a common baseline from which to work, and from which to judge growth, both rapidity and complexity, in the future. 

  • 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"

    The People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force's (PLAAF) desire to advance its strategic transformation through qualitative changes is evidenced by its development of what it calls the "four key training brands". These include:  the Golden Helmet military competition; the Golden Dart military competition; the Blue Shield exercise, which includes the Golden Shield competition; and the Red Sword exercise. This report provides an overview of these annual training events, which are described by the PLAAF as its "four main actual-combat oriented training series."

  • 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.
  • PLAAF Operations Over Water

    Full Report Available- Click Here        As China’s national interests grow globally and the Chinese government seeks to enforce its territorial claims in Asia, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is increasingly called upon to secure and protect these interests. Overwhelmingly, these interests either reside in or rely on the maritime domain. The
  • The Chinese Air Force’s First Steps Toward Becoming an Expeditionary Air Force

    Click here for the full reportIn recent years, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has directed the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to develop capabilities to protect China’s interests abroad—both regionally and globally. The PLA Air Force (PLAAF) has made incremental progress in its ability to carry out overseas operations, including organizing and
  • China’s Approach to ADIZ in Theory and Practice

    Click Here for the Full ReportIn November 2013, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) declared an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea (ECS). Even after the immediate backlash from the United States and Japan, the zone’s legitimacy, legality, implementation, and purpose have remained the subjects of debate.Although ADIZs are
  • PLAAF Reogranization renaming continues

    One of our translators just found an article from the 24 July 2017 Kongjun Bao about an Eastern Theater Command Air Force air brigade that has a Staff Department instead of a Headquarters Department.So it looks like the change has gone down to at least the division and brigade levels now, which means there are also most likely Political Work
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