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Second Combat Brigade of PRC Air Force Likely Receives Stealth Fighter

Something unusual appeared in a recent satellite image of an airbase in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). In the image, a J-20 appears to be taxiing from...

PLA Aerospace Primer 2nd edition in Turkish

CASI is excited to announce the first translated version of one of its publications into Turkish.  Retired Turkish Air Force Colonel Dr. Yucel Topcu worked...

Beijing’s ‘New Normal’ in the Skies around Japan

At the beginning of March, it was reported that Japan’s Defense Ministry has been limiting the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force’s (JASDF) scrambling of...

70 Years of the People's Liberation Army Air Force

For those of you who have the privilege of knowing the great Ken Allen, this book will come as no surprise. For those of you who don’t know Ken personally,...

Political Commissars of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force

Knowing one’s counterparts, who they are, how they got there, and who their replacements might be, is important to both leadership and organizations alike. This...

PLA Army Air Defense Units Improve Effectiveness, Resiliency, and Jointness

Between October and November 2020, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) published a series of news reports about the 80th Air Defense Brigade of the PLA...

Initial Fighter Pilot Training in the PLA Air Force

At the beginning of the 2010s, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force’s (PLAAF’s) program for the initial training of fighter pilots had three...

Commanders of the PLA Air Force

In the era of great power competition, it is important to understand all of the actors. Not just organizations and structure, but people as well. On 27 August...

Chinese Airborne C4ISR

     As we move further into the era of 21st century great power competition, it is important to understand the many facets of that competition. This report is...

The Improvement of the PLA’s Close Air Support Capability

In August 2020 the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) indicated that some of its units had made technological and procedural advancements in its capability...

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