Monday, December 31, 2018

Photo of the day: PLA Naval Aviation (PLAN-AF)'s dedicated bomb-truck, the J-16H

It is just a matter of time before the navy demands some-of-them-good-stuff the PLAAF has.

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Here it is -- PLAAF's tip of the spear "Ménage à trois" for air defense penetration

Joking aside,  folks should see this new "high end package" of J-20, J-10C plus J-16 formulating from miles away.  It should come as no surprise to anyone, in fact it is an expected and natural consequence of the recent development.

China's fighter jets hold 'perfect combination' training

    Global Times
    Li Jiayao


China's People's Liberation Army Air Force recently conducted combat training involving three types of its most advanced fighter jets, carrying air-to-air missiles, which a Chinese expert called a perfect combination.

China's most advanced stealth fighter jet, J-20, conducted joint training with multi-role strike fighter J-16 and multi-role fighter jet J-10C, engaging in air defense penetration drills, China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Thursday.

The fighter jets used domestically developed mid-range air-to-air missile PL-15 and short-range air-to-air missile PL-10 in the training, Beijing-based news website Sina reported on Saturday.

"The three fighter jets… and the two missiles are perfect combinations," Song Zhongping, a military expert and TV commentator, told the Global Times on Sunday.

The J-20 is capable of destroying a hostile air defense system. The J-10C can then take air supremacy, while the J-16 can strike enemy ground forces, Song said, adding that using the PL-15 and PL-10 together can cover both long-range and short-range aerial combat.

"The combination will serve as an important aerial deterrent against external forces," Song added.

 wo fighter jets attached to an aviation brigade of the air force under the PLA Southern Theater Command soar over the sky for a combat sortie during a flight training exercise in late May, 2018. ( by Tang Jun)

J-20 with J-10 to its left

Sunday, December 30, 2018

PLA Unit of the day: 76th Air Defense Brigade, 76th Group Army, Western Theater Command

Back in Nov 2018, the 76th Air Defense Brigade traveled "a thousand mile" to the Gobi desert for an air defense drill. 

Noteworthy items about this set of PR photos:

Standard PLA ground force air defense for corps-level maneuver units:
HQ-16 medium-range air defense missile system for area defense.  The HQ-16 is also found on China's Type054A FFG and it has been sold to Pakistan.  

HQ-7 short-range SAM for point defense

PG99 twin-35mm AAA

The integration of PLAAF (in blue uniform) personnel  into Army air defense's operations and command structure

PR photos of the day: 15th Airborne wishes you a happy new year