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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 Runaway1956 on Monday December 18 2017, @11:44AM (3 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Monday December 18 2017, @11:44AM (#611340) Homepage Journal

    Uhhhhh - WTF does any of that have to do with my post? To paraphrase my post - You seem to have a much better idea what's what with current events than the average numbnuts Joe Sixpack. But, your view of Russia and/or the Soviet is skewed. Get the essay. Read it. If it doesn't change your mind about anything, at least you'll get an idea how you should be looking at Russia. It's far more complicated than any of the assholes in the White House have let on for the past - ohhhhh - 80 years. They've been playing us like fish, DESPITE going bankrupt while doing it! But, maybe we shouldn't feel to bad for being suckers on a fishhook - Russia played China, Korea, and Vietnam. China finally wised up, Korea and Vietnam never did. There are other tigers in Asia and Africa, especially the Mideast, but none of those have been played like we have.

    Never going to win the insult war? Fuck - get over yourself, girl.

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  • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Tuesday December 19 2017, @04:43AM (2 children)

    by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Tuesday December 19 2017, @04:43AM (#611706) Journal

    Do you truly think I don't know what kind of game Russia is playing? I'm someone who can think like an utter bastard (bastette?), routinely beat adults three to five times my age at chess when I was 8, and have a hobby of reading historical fiction. They're doing a much older, more subtle, and more varied version of what on the battlefield is known as "asymmetric warfare," to put it extremely simply. I am told the kiddies refer to this as "4-dimensional chess," though that's only part of it.

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    • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Tuesday December 19 2017, @04:55AM (1 child)

      by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday December 19 2017, @04:55AM (#611711) Homepage Journal

      Bragging on your accomplishments doesn't address the issue at hand. And - FYI, there are some number of people in gubbermint who are as smart or smarter than you, and they still don't seem to have a clue what Russia is doing, or has done. Additionally - you have already made a statement alluding to the death and/or destruction of the Soviet, which seemed to indicate that you were NOT aware how Russia has played all of us chumps.

      Now, for the real kicker: What if, Russia's top dogs were in collusion with our own top dogs, all along? Talk about sons of bitches, huh?

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      • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Tuesday December 19 2017, @09:51PM

        by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Tuesday December 19 2017, @09:51PM (#611989) Journal

        OF COURSE they were and are! Our current president, as a friend said, has Putin's dick so far up his ass he can floss with the guy's foreskin. This means it is not a new arrangement; it means since before the USSR fell a type of economic and cultural infiltration was going on. We see this with the Chinese buying out large chunks of real estate as well. If Marx was right about one thing, it's that a greedy shortsighted capitalist (which, I would argue, is therefore a poor capitalist...) would sell you the rope you can hang him with.

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