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PLAN deploys new spy plane

Internet-sourced photo shows that a new type of electronic intelligence (ELINT) aircraft has entered service with the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). The photo, thought to have been taken by a spotter, shows a new ELINT aircraft based on the… Read More ›

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  • Third Chengdu J-20 prototype flies

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    The third prototype of the Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter made its maiden flight successfully on Saturday 1st March. According to the witness report on Chinese social media, the J-20 prototype “2011″ took the sky at about 12:00 local time, escorted… Read More ›

  • China’s spaceplane programme

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    The Chinese aerospace industry is currently developing two reusable launch vehicle (RLV) systems. The first one is a crewed space shuttle launched vertically atop the Changzheng 5 (CZ-5) rocket. The second is a smaller unmanned suborbital spaceplane that can launch… Read More ›

  • PLA’s tactical air-to-surface missiles (Part 1)

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    Since the beginning of the century, the PLA has introduced a range of tactical air-to-surface missiles (ASM) as standoff weapons for its air force and naval aviation troops. These missiles are a combination of both Russian and Chinese indigenous designs,… Read More ›

  • PLA’s Flanker fighter family

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    The acquisition of the Russian Sukhoi Flanker series fighter aircraft has been an important part of China’s effort to modernise its air power. Between 1992 and 2004, China received a total of 176 examples of the Flanker series fighter in four… Read More ›

  • Kuaizhou: China’s fast vessel to space

    An Internet-source photo of the Kuaizhou 1 launch site located inside the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre

    China conducted a space launch from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre on 25 September 2013 at 12:37 local time (04:37 GMT), placing a small remote-sensing satellite Kuaizhou 1 into orbit. Chinese state-run media briefly reported the mission, stating that the… Read More ›

  • Y-9 military transport aircraft

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    The Y-9 (Yun-9) is a medium-sized, medium-range turboprop multi-purpose transport aircraft designed and manufactured by Shaanxi Aircraft Corporation. Derived from the Y-8 (An-12 Cub) transport aircraft, the Y-9 features improved engines and modern avionics including a ‘glass’ cockpit, and is… Read More ›

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