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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: 2) by bob_super on Friday December 15 2017, @11:48PM (3 children)

    by bob_super (1357) on Friday December 15 2017, @11:48PM (#610553)

    > the introduction of a few tac nukes WITHOUT hitting the homeland would convince them to back down.

    It's not like that areas has any neighbors who might take offense at getting irradiated in your little war games.
    The nukes are forever staying in the box. Period.

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  • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Saturday December 16 2017, @02:11AM (2 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Saturday December 16 2017, @02:11AM (#610592) Journal

    That's a pretty big assumption there . . .

    • (Score: 2) by bob_super on Saturday December 16 2017, @02:23AM (1 child)

      by bob_super (1357) on Saturday December 16 2017, @02:23AM (#610595)

      I must have watched too much propaganda about being the good guys.

      • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Saturday December 16 2017, @07:34AM

        by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Saturday December 16 2017, @07:34AM (#610646) Journal

        Little bit of sarcasm?

        Many of us have been warning the partisans on both sides about giving war powers to the president, about passing laws they won't like when the other side is in power. Times change. People don't change as much as some of us wish, but the names and faces change. The D's are squawking about The Orange One today. The time may come when this country looks back on Trump as the last of the benevolent presidents. I mean, the D's may come up with a fifty year winning streak - imagine how much damage they can do in that time!