Air force rejects ‘false’ and ‘unfounded’ reports of China locking on to a fighter

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NOT A CHANCE:The air force said in a statement that pilots on sorties must refrain from fleeing, taunting aggressors or showing weakness if encounters occur

The air force yesterday rejected as false and unfounded media reports suggesting that one of its Indigenous Defense Fighter jets had been automatically tracked by the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) missile defense system during a routine patrol last year.

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GX-6 to boost China’s anti-submarine capabilities

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China’s new GX-6 anti-submarine patrol aircraft appears to be ready for action, reports China’s nationalist Global Times tabloid.

Citing leaked photos posted on a military forum, Global Times claims that the GX-6, which has been modified from the Y-8 medium-size medium-range transport aircraft produced by Shaanxi Aircraft Corporation, has recently begun supporting troops from the PLA’s Naval Air Force.

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Expert: J-10 more suitable for Argentina

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BEIJING, February 11 (ChinaMil) – The “Chengdu FC-1 is a light fighter developed by the Chengdu Aircraft Industry Co., Ltd specifically for the market in the third world countries. Its advantages include a high performance-price ratio, with a unit price of only more than 30 million U.S. dollars,” said Xu Yongling, China’s meritorious test pilot of J-10 and air force theory expert.

However, Xu Yongling also pointed out that the Chengdu FC-1 originated from J-7 after all, it is not a fourth-generation warplane in a strict sense, thus with relatively low operational effectiveness.

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US, Japan may give China an excuse to establish ADIZ over S China Sea

After the suggestion made by Rear Admiral Robert Thomas, the commander of the US Seventh Fleet, that Japan begin aerial patrols over the disputed South China Sea, China may establish a second Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the region, according to Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga, a defense expert said in his article written for the Jamestown Foundation on Feb. 4.

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Argentina and China agree fighter aircraft working group

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Argentina and China are to form a working group to look at the possible introduction into Argentine Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Argentina – FAA) service of a new Chinese fighter type, it was disclosed on 5 February.

The working group, which was discussed during a visit by between Argentine president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner to Beijing from 2 to 5 February, will look at the possible transfer of a range of military equipment to Buenos Aries. Chief among this equipment is either the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) FC-1/JF-17 or the CAC J-10 fighter aircraft.

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PLA’s J-11 fighter rumored to have upgraded avionics

China’s mainstay J-11A jet fighter has been refitted with an upgraded avionics packages to warn of incoming missiles, according to a report published Friday by Shanghai-based news website New Outlook.

The web portal suggested that several protruding additions observed on either side of the fuselage and in front of the cockpit canopy, in photos released by China Military Online, a website sponsored by the People’s Liberation Army, may be sensors for an ultraviolet band-based missile approach warning system.

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2014 is an unlucky number for the J-20: defense expert

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The reason China did not assign the serial number 2014 to one of its six J-20 prototypes is because four is considered an unlucky number from the perspective of traditional Chinese culture, reports American military expert Richard D Fisher Jr in London-based Jane’s Defence Weekly on Jan. 6.

By allowing the public to know the existence of its two additional J-20 fifth-generation stealth fighters in November and December of 2014, the ambition of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force to put the aircraft into operation between 2017 and 2018 was revealed. Among those six aircraft, two of them are designed as technology development craft with 2001 and 2002 as their serial numbers. Four other modified versions of the J-20 then emerged in 2014.

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Russia refuses to sell China Tu-22 bomber

Russia has recently rejected China’s request to purchase Tu-22 Supersonic strategic bombers to replace the PLA’s Cold War-era H-6 strategic bombers, according to Moscow’s Russian Military Analyst on Jan. 3.

Large and slow, the H-6 bomber presents a relatively easy target for US and Russian air defenses. China currently operates 100 H-6 bombers based on Soviet Tu-16 strategic bombers purchased from Moscow in 1958. By fitting the H-6 with Russian built D-30KP-2 engines and advanced avionics, the Xian Aircraft Industrial Corporation built the upgraded version of the H-6 bomber called the H-6K.

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