Monday, January 25, 2021

Photo Of Today: 雪豹 Snow Leopard Commando Unit, Beijing PAP Corps with CS/LS 07 9×19 mm Submachine Gun


Sunday, December 13, 2020

CS/LS7 9×19mm parabellum submachine gun in service with the Xinjiang PAP

Details on the CS/LS7 9×19mm (here), more evidence suggesting China is moving away from 9×18mm Makarov for their submachine "policing use cases"

Monday, May 28, 2018

JH16-1, China's new 9×19mm parabellum submachine gun

In a May23rd (link here), Guangdong SWAT drill, they fielded the new JH16-1 9×19mm Parabellum submachine gun which was revealed last year.

JH16-1 by Hubei Jianghua Machinery Co or Factory 9616 before it was transferred as a civilian company in 2002, fires 9×19mm Parabellum but can be adapted to different calibers for export.

Weighting in 2.8 kg and with a rate of fire around 800/minute to effective firing range of 200 meters.  JH16-1 is heavier and slower than the traditional Type79 SWAP submachine gun (1.75kg and 1000 rounds per minutes) but they in the same category over all.   Type79 fires 7.62×25 mm Tokarev.

 9×19mm Parabellum
 JH16-1 and Type 79 together

Pics from the May23rd drill

Other pics from the same SWAT drill

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.