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    China's reverse engineering skills are improving and its air force is being rejuvenated. But can its subsystems match its airframes?

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  • CHINA SPECIAL: Air force rejuvenation gathers steam

    News | 08 Nov 2010 10:00 | Siva Govindasamy

    China's reverse engineering skills are improving and its air force is being rejuvenated. But can its subsystems match its airframes?
  • Guizhou set to begin FTC-2000 flight tests

    News | 29 Sep 2003 23:00

    <p>Guizhou Aviation Industry is preparing to begin flight testing the FTC-2000 advanced jet trainer ahead of an expected Chinese air force requirement to replace the Guizhou JJ-7 from 2005.</p> <p>Hu Xupir, Guizhou programmes division director, says three FTC-2000 prototypes are under construction with the first to be completed shortly and fly for the first time in mid-December. </p> <p>Hu adds that first FTC-2000 deliveries are due in 2005. The FTC-2000, or JL-9, is an upgraded JJ-7, which entered service in 1986 and is also known as the FT-7. The JJ-7is a Chinese version of the Mikoyan MiG-21U. </p> <p>The Chengdu WP-13F-powered FTC-2000 has a larger wing, bifucated inlets under the cockpit rather than a nose intake, and a higher cockpit profile than its predecessor.</p> <p>The JJ-7 was developed to train fighter pilots for the MiG-21-based Chengdu J-7 and larger Shenyang J-8 fighters. "The J-7s and J-8s are being modified so we needed to develop a new trainer," says Hu.</p> <p>
  • Military Aircraft Census - Military might

    News | 20 Feb 2001 00:00

    <I><p>Flight International's</I> inaugural Military Aircraft Census reveals the make-up, breadth and scale of the world's airborne fighting fleets </p> <p>Stewart Penney/LONDON </p> <p>Flight International's first military aircraft census shows that the world's air arms operate nearly 90,000 aircraft. This figure includes VIP aircraft, essentially unmodified airliners or corporate jets which are not included in the tables. It does, however, give a feel for the size of the world's military aircraft fleet. </p> <p>Leaving aside the Mikoyan MiG-19 and its Chinese copy, the Shenyang J/F-6, the Lockheed Martin F-16 is the world's most popular fighter with well over 4,000 aircraft delivered or on order. The MiG-19/J-6 is in service in massive numbers with the Chinese air force with many believed to be unserviceable. As this skews the numbers, the fighter is omitted from consideration as the world's most popular fighter. The F-16 total includes every variant from early A/Bs to the Block
  • China uses Zhuhai air show to unveil plethora of unmanned air vehicles

    News | 21 Nov 2000 00:00

    <p>China is driving forward its unmanned air vehicle (UAV) developments and has revealed plans for unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAVs). </p> <p>At the Zhuhai air show earlier this month, Guizhou Aircraft unveilled its stealthy WZ-2000 multi-role surveillance UAV. While stressing that the WZ-2000 is only a concept, Guizhou says the twin-jet delta platform UAV is 4.5m (15ft) long and has a 3m span. It will carry 20-55kg (45-120lb) payloads at 460kt (850km/h). </p> <p>Guizhou says the UAV's size and payload - which will include future radar systems - could be configured to meet customer needs. </p> <p>The largest UAV revealed at Zhuhai was a variant of the Chang Hong (a copy of the US Ryan Firebee), said to have been in production for two years. This variant has a new inertial navigation system with embedded GPS satellite positioning and can fly at 57,500ft (17,500m) for 2,500km (1,350nm). </p> <p>The Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (BUAA) and the Nanjing Universit
  • China threat gets Taiwan F-16s flying again

    News | 17 Aug 1999 23:00

    <p>The Taiwanese air force has resumed flying its Lockheed Martin F-16A/B block 20 fleet after grounding the aircraft for 52 days after two crashes. </p> <p>The F-16A/B is Taiwan's most potent frontline fighter alongside the Dassault Mirage 2000-5 but was grounded despite the heightened threat of military action as a result of its latest political stand-off with China. </p> <p>The aircraft returned to flight operations in early August, at about the same time that Taiwanese president Lee Teng-Hui admitted, despite earlier denials, that there had been incursions into Taiwanese airspace by Chinese air force Chengdu J-7 and Shenyang J-8 fighters. </p> <p>According to the Ministry of National Defence, the F-16s were grounded after fatal crashes on 20 March and 2 June of two-seat F-16Bs. The ministry says it is unclear whether the crashes resulted from pilot error or mechanical failure. </p> <p>Defence sources suggest there may be a connection with augmentor duct cracking in Pratt &amp;