Friday, January 22, 2021

20th anniversary of J-20


Monday, January 10, 2011

IT FLIES! J-20 Stealth Fighter takes first public flight in Chengdu!

In a symbolic if unofficial salute to China's official guest, US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, the J-20 Stealth Fighter makes it's first public flight in front of the cameras. Acting as a chase plane is a two seater J-10S. Secretary Gates may seem to be aloof, but we're sure his old spook buddies at the CIA are watching the J-20 with great interest.

Here are the first pictures we have available, and as always, check China-Defense Forum for the latest discussions.

Video of the J-20 making it's "official" first flight in the hazy Chengdu sky:

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

More J-20 Chinese Stealth Fighter Updates

Keeping you up to date on the latest J-20 developments:

J-20 Performing Take-off Rotations and Drag Chute Deployments at Chengdu

Fan CGI artwork of the J-20.

Interesting nozzle asymmetry.

Today on another forum I found there are still doubters out there claiming the J-20 is a mockup. Perhaps nothing will convince these die hard ostriches, but here's the first video of the J-20 doing takeoff rotations and drag chute deployments: 

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Latest Batch of J-20 Chinese Stealth Fighter Photos

At this point, the only thing we can rule out is that those photos are not photoshopped.

There could be two prototypes as well, writing for Janes International Defence Review on December 13th 2010, a week prior to the "leak" (here) Reuben F Johnson stated:

Meanwhile, rumours from China's Chengdu Aerospace Corporation (CAC) and the adjoining Aircraft Plant No 132 suggest that a flight of a Chinese-developed fifth-generation fighter prototype would take place by the end of the year. Reportedly, two airframes (numbered 2001 and 2002) have been assembled at the 132 plant.


Monday, December 27, 2010

Chinese Stealth in Plain Sight: The Curious Emergence of the J-20 Fighter

It was a most unexpected Christmas gift to PLA watchers, the first clear photos of China's next-generation stealth fighter. Variously attributed as J-14, J-20, J-XX and other nomenclature, the new fighter has been seen performing high-speed taxi trials within view of public passersby. Perhaps an attempt at international transparency, perhaps a tantalizing leak for a Chinese public increasingly proud of its emerging military might, the disclosure of the existence of the new fighter is the roaring revelation of the Year of the Tiger.

From CDF Member "Mr. Unknown":
Photo releases in the past few days of the PLAAF's 4th generation J-14 fighter (5th generation by western categorization) have generated substantial interest in the PLA enthusiasts' community. They also seem to give a degree of credibility to recent assessments made by US SecDef Robert Gates, who predicted China's deployment of stealth fighters by 2020, and by Jane's, whose recent article vaguely stated that China's J-XX and Russia's PAK-FA fighter programs have reached unspecified "year-end milestones".

One question of great interest to PLA watchers is what type of engine this J-14 prototype will use. It is widely speculated that China's domestic engine development programs remain inadequate for producing the wide array of aircraft being produced in China. The upgraded H-6 bombers use Russian D-30KP engines, JF-17 uses RD-93s, the J-10s use AL-31FNs, and until recently, the J-11s also relied on AL-31s. Thus heavy reliance on Russian engines is likely to continue. Unconfirmed Russian media reports and Jane's claimed that Russia provided 117S engines - the same used for its own PAK-FA fighter - for the current J-14 prototype, but this author is skeptical as to whether Russia would be willing to sell to China its best available engine, given its perception that China frequently reverse engineers Russian military technology. On the other hand, the use of indigenous WS-15 engines remains equally implausible, for it is unlikely that this relatively new and immature model would be ready for use on an experimental aircraft.


Monday, January 18, 2021

TOE update: LD52 - 91st Heavy Amphibious Combat Assault Brigade

 The famed "2nd Jinan Regiment" ex- 91st Motorized Infantry Division has completed its "Heavy Amphibious Combat Assault Brigade" upgrade by trading in its old PL-96 122mm towed Howitzer,  Type63As APC and Amphibious Tank for PLZ07B Amphibious 122mm SPH, ZTD05 Amphibious Assault Gun, and ZBD05 Amphibious Infantry Fighting Vehicle.

 The HQ17A SAM is new.



HQ-17A SAM to the right

Sunday, March 11, 2018

91st Combined-Arms Brigade, 73rd Group Army, Eastern Theater Command

The 91st Motorized Infantry Division of the former 31st GA is now the 91st Combined-Arms Brigade (合成第91旅) of the 73rd GA.  The unit is taking on amphibious role.  At the moment second-hand 63A amphibious tanks are making up the backbone of the four Combined-Arms Battalions (合成1,2,3,4营), with each battalion having 2 companies of 63A

-- Andrew KC

Just in case you ever wonder where some those 2nd hand Type63A light amphibious tanks ended up