Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Photos of the day: JZY-01 (Chinese E-2 Hawkeye) mock up found a new home.

Spotted at Wuhan Technical College of Communication, a PLAN facility for crew training and electromagnetic interference testing.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Photos of the day: JZY-01 test platfrom close up.

Finally a close up photo of the Y-7 "JZY-01" carrier-capable “mini-AWACS" prototype, some have even coined it the Chinese E-2 Hawkeye

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Chinese Hawkeye AWAC?

Yet another element under development to support a possible carrier battle group (CVBG)? Chinese BBS and forums are buzzing with speculation about this spotter photo from Xian.

E2 Hawkeye AWAC of the USN

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

What is old is new again, the case of ST2 tracked 105mm anti-tank gun

Back in 2008 the PLA told Norinco no to retrofitting a Type 63A 105mm tank turret to older generation of ZSD-89 APC as a next step to extend the life of those old workhorses.

With no internal adoption, the sole copy of this hybrid concept is now a museum display.  Well, well, well, the concept is still alive and well, it is repackaged as ST2 Tank Destroying Vehicle (TDV), targeting  Norinco's foreign customers.   Best of luck.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

PLAN Commission of the day: Type052D DDG 115 "CNS Xining"

Fifth Type052D overall to enter PLAN service. The first four hauls are with the South Sea Fleet and the Xining is a first for the North.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

PLAN Commissions of the day: Type056 No. 510 and No. 513

The CNS Ningde, a Type-056 class corvette, sails in waters off Dalian, Liaoning province, in November. Provided To China Daily

The People's Liberation Army Navy has commissioned its 31st Type-056 class corvette, marking a new addition to the world's largest fleet of modern corvettes.

The CNS Ezhou with a hull number of 513 was delivered to the East Sea Fleet in a naval base in East China's Fujian province on Wednesday, PLA Daily reported, saying the ship will perform coastal patrol, fishery escort, anti-submarine and anti-ship operations.

It is the second ship that has been commissioned to the PLA Navy since the start of 2017, following the CNS Kaiyangxing, a Type-815A class electronic reconnaissance ship, which now belongs to the North Sea Fleet.

XIAMEN, Jan. 19 (ChinaMil) -- The commissioning ceremony for the guided-missile frigate Ezhou (Hull No. 513) was held at a naval port of the East China Sea Fleet of the PLA Navy in east China’s Fujian province on January 18, 2017.

The Ezhou is a new member of the Type 056 corvettes family of the PLA Navy. It is 89 meters in length and 11.14 meters in width and has a full-load displacement of 1,254 tons.

The Type 056 corvette features excellent drivability, navigability and stealth performance. In the East China Sea fleet, the Ezhou will be used in littoral patrol, fishery protection and escorting, anti-submarine operations and surface operations.

The guided-missile frigate Ezhou is  named after the Ezhou City in central China's Hubei province. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Photos of the day: PLAAF "Red Sword 2016" advanced aerial combat training exercise, A.K.A the Chinese "Exercise Red Flag"

It is attended by the "who's who" of the PLAAF every year, the winning "fighter jocks" can keep their "Golden Flight Helmet" for another year.

The "Red Sword-2016", involving various arms of services from the Air Force, such as aviation, ground-to-air missile, radar, electronic countermeasure troops, aimed to beef up the troops' systematic combat capabilities. It is also one of the four key training brands of the PLA Air Force, along with the "Golden Dart", "Golden Helmet" and "Blue Shield". (81.cn/ Yang Jun)

Note the SIGINT pods on J-8II and J-10B

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

China Air Force's Golden Flight Helmet

Only 10 are awarded each year to Air Force’s top guns who can down bogies in mock dog fights. After all those years the PLAAF has finally learned the right way to build spirit de corps with honors and realistic trainings. So, please no more empty slogans from now on  – they don’t work and they are super cheesy.

Is me or the color scheme seems  "more red than expert"?