Saturday, June 25, 2022

China Has The World’s Third Largest Air Force, Where Does India Stand? On Which Fighter Plane Does The Dragon Fly

India is continuously increasing the strength of its Air Force. After the visit of French Defense Minister Florence Parle to India, once again the deadly Rafale jet aircraft of France was in the headlines. On the other hand, China claims that it has the third largest air force in the world. China claims that its […]

India is continuously increasing the strength of its Air Force. After the visit of French Defense Minister Florence Parle to India, once again the deadly Rafale jet aircraft of France was in the headlines. On the other hand, China claims that it has the third largest air force in the world. China claims that its air force includes fifth-generation fighter jets, strategic bombers and stealth drones. In view of the growing US presence in the South China Sea, China has equipped its warplanes in the region with aircraft carrier killer missiles. According to the US Defense Department report last …

India is continuously increasing the strength of its Air Force. After the visit of French Defense Minister Florence Parle to India, once again the deadly Rafale jet aircraft of France was in the headlines. On the other hand, China claims that it has the third largest air force in the world. China claims that its air force includes fifth-generation fighter jets, strategic bombers and stealth drones. In view of the growing US presence in the South China Sea, China has equipped its warplanes in the region with aircraft carrier killer missiles. According to the US Defense Department report last month, China has the biggest potential in the field of army and navy. According to this report, China has the third largest air force in the world. Let us know what is China’s air capacity. How strong is the neighboring country as compared to India.

Development journey of china air force

1- According to the report of the Pentagon, the Chinese Air Force and Navy have 28,00 aircraft. This does not include Chinese drones and trainer aircraft. Of these, about 800 are fourth generation jets. However, the fourth generation fighters do not have stealth capability. The report said that the Chinese Air Force has prepared itself for an offensive and defensive role in recent years, bypassing regional air defense. It is working to build a long-range air force.

2- China’s first indigenous fighter aircraft was the J-8 in the 1980s. It was a copy of the aircraft of the former Soviet Union. However, later China also prepared its upgraded version. The aircraft was named J-8 Two. It took China so much time to prepare this aircraft that it failed to deal with the challenges at the time. In the early 1990s, China began buying fourth-generation fighter jets to increase its inventory and gain technical experience.

3- Between 1992 and 2015, China bought Su-27, Su-30MKK and Su-35 fighter aircraft from Russia. As soon as China got these jets, China started preparing its own versions copying them. China’s J-11 was a copy of the Russian Su-27. This aircraft had many features like the Su-27 of Russia. It had a gull of 30 mm, 10 hardpoints for missiles, the ability to fly up to an altitude of 60 thousand feet like Mach 2. In 2004, China stopped manufacturing the J-11. China began production of a reverse engineered version of the J-11B against the terms of its joint production agreement with Russia. Several variants of this fighter aircraft are deployed in the Chinese Air Force and Navy.

4- The China Air Force also has a J-15 fighter aircraft flying from the aircraft carrier. It is a copy of the Ukrainian Su-33. China did not agree to sell the Su-33s purchased from Ukraine to China. There are at least three dozen J-15 fighter jets in the Chinese Navy. It is the only fixed wing aircraft to operate on two aircraft carriers in China. However, this aircraft has also faced many challenges, as it is also the heaviest fighter aircraft to be flown from an aircraft carrier in the world. Both Chinese aircraft carriers are ski jumpers. In such a situation, such a heavy aircraft has to put full force of its engine to take off from it. For this reason, this fighter aircraft can neither take-off with full fuel tanks nor with full weapons.

Fifth generation J-20 fighter aircraft in China Air Force

The Chinese Air Force marries the capability on the stealth fighter jet J-20. This is a proud achievement for the Air Force. The J-20 is probably based on information stolen from the US stealth program. It is made by Chengdu Aerospace Corporation of China. Two engines are engaged to power this aircraft. China claims that this fighter aircraft is equipped with stealth technology. No radar can catch this plane. It is the world’s third operational fighter jet. The J-20 has a range of 1,200 km, which can be increased to 2,700 km. This aircraft is capable of flying with a total weight of 37013 kg. This also includes fuel and weapons. This fighter aircraft can fly up to an altitude of 66,000 feet. China claims that it can carry out any operation in an area of ​​2000 km. Jet fuel of up to 11340 kg can be filled in this jet.

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