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posted by Fnord666 on Friday December 15 2017, @11:45AM   Printer-friendly
from the at-least-it's-in-the-air dept.

Has the People's Republic caught up?

The Chengdu J-20 marks the first entry of a multirole stealth fighter into China's armed forces. According to the Department of Defense (DOD), China views stealth technology as a core component in the transformation of its air force from "a predominantly territorial air force to one capable of conducting both offensive and defensive operations." Designed for enhanced stealth and maneuverability, the J-20 has the potential to provide China with a variety of previously unavailable air combat options and enhance its capability to project power.

As an advanced multirole stealth fighter, it is speculated that the J-20 can fulfill both air-to-air and air-to-ground combat roles for the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) and the aviation branch of the People's Liberation Army Navy (referred to as either Naval Aviation or the PLAN-AF). According to PLAAF Senior Colonel Shen Jinke, the J-20 will enhance the overall combat capability of China's air force. A 2016 report by the DOD states that the J-20 represents a critical step in China's efforts to develop "advanced aircraft to improve its regional power projection capabilities and to strengthen its ability to strike regional airbases and facilities." In 2014, the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission described the J-20 as "more advanced than any other fighter currently deployed by Asia Pacific countries."


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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Runaway1956 on Friday December 15 2017, @02:13PM (3 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Friday December 15 2017, @02:13PM (#610283) Homepage Journal

    They have stolen, bought, and reverse engineered as much or more from the Russians, than they have stolen from us. But, why steal it, when so much of our stuff has been for sale, anyway? Clinton made it more or less kosher to sell military tech to China. "Most favored trading partner", remember?

    http://www.nytimes.com/1999/05/11/world/clinton-approves-technology-transfer-to-china.html [nytimes.com]

    https://capitalresearch.org/article/flashback-bill-clinton-gave-china-missile-technology/ [capitalresearch.org]

    Bill Clinton was a treasonous bastard, in addition to all his other faults.

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  • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Friday December 15 2017, @02:17PM (1 child)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Friday December 15 2017, @02:17PM (#610287) Homepage Journal

    This article is more to the point than those linked to above:
    https://news.usni.org/2015/10/27/chinas-military-built-with-cloned-weapons [usni.org]

    The fact that the Chinese commonly refer to today’s imitation products as “Shanzhai” indicates that they recognize the dubious nature of the current practice. The term “Shanzhai” translates to “mountain stronghold” and was originally applied to pirate factories producing counterfeit goods in remote areas beyond the reach of regulatory control.

    The copycat business is no longer restricted to outlying lawless regions. It has entered the mainstream and been embraced by government officials who seem content to allow other nations to develop products and technology which they can then acquire legitimately through licensing or illegitimately through counterfeiting and espionage. This approach allows China to stay competitive on the world stage while saving them the time and money it would cost to develop their own products.

    An industry in which Chinese cloning has excelled to a disconcerting degree is the manufacture of weapon systems. China’s expanding military and growing assertiveness has been bolstered by weapons cloned from the arsenals of other countries. Bleeding edge U.S. aircraft including the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) have Chinese counterparts that are remarkably similar. Some of the technology used in these designs was almost certainly acquired through a vigorous Chinese cyber spying campaign.

    It is not only American weapon designs and technology that have been stolen and replicated by the Chinese. Russia has at times served as China’s unwitting research and development department. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia was in need of money and held a fire sale of its state of the art Sukhoi Su-27 fighter. China bought two dozen of the fighters but later negotiated for a license to assemble additional planes domestically using key components imported from Russia. Within a few years China claimed that the fighter no longer met their needs and canceled the contract. To the fury of the Russians, the Chinese soon debuted the indigenously built and equipped Shenyang J-11B fighter that looks identical to the Su-27.

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    • (Score: 2) by MostCynical on Friday December 15 2017, @11:35PM

      by MostCynical (2589) on Friday December 15 2017, @11:35PM (#610548) Journal

      "Bleeding edge"? "Bleeding" money, "edge" of reason.

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  • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Friday December 15 2017, @04:26PM

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Friday December 15 2017, @04:26PM (#610339)

    Slick Willie presided over some good times - as is our supreme Orange with the Russian wife and business partners.

    The best leadership would make treason irrelevant. Not that either of those clowns even approach worthiness of a nomination for "best leader."

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