SOURCE: Sputnik

The draft design of the Il-276 prospective medium-lift military transport plane is expected to be completed in 2019, aircraft manufacturer Ilyushin Aviation Complex told Sputnik.

“The preliminary design of the Il-276 plane is expected to be completed by the Ilyushin specialists in 2019. The list of subcontractors in the development work has already been approved,” Ilyushin said.According to the company, the development of the plane is carried out simultaneously with two types of engines — the first batch of the aircraft will be equipped with the PS-90A-76 engines, while the later ones — with the upgraded PD-14 engines. Continue reading


China has demonstrated a new laser defence weapon system which could intercept many kinds of aerial targets such as drones, guided bombs and mortars, official media reported Monday.

The system, demonstrated at an air show in the southern Guangdong province’s Zhuhai city, could be easily deployed on the Tibetan plateau bordering India and at the islands in the disputed South China Sea, state-run Global Times reported. The vehicle-based laser weapon, called LW-30 laser defence weapon system, was developed by the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC), one of the country’s largest missile manufacturers. Continue reading

SOURCE: Global Times

Armed with six missiles, China’s most advanced stealth fighter jet, the J-20, opened its missile bay door to the public for the first time when performing at the Airshow China 2018 in Zhuhai, South China’s Guangdong Province on Sunday, in celebration of the 69th birthday of the Chinese People’s Liberation (PLA) Air Force.

Chinese experts said on Sunday that the move displayed the J-20’s superiority compared with the US’ top fighter jets, the F-22 and F-35.
Four J-20 fighter jets in formation slashed through the sky above the air show venue at about 10:50 am, as the crowd of spectators exclaimed surprised “wows” in unison. Continue reading


Russia’s cutting-edge Sukhoi Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jet incorporates the functions of the US F-22 and F-35 fighter planes but outperforms them, Chief Designer – Director of the Sukhoi Design Bureau Mikhail Strelets said in a live broadcast of the Zvezda TV Channel on Friday.

The fighter jet is capable of effectively accomplishing missions to destroy both air and ground targets as compared to the US aircraft that are focused only on specific tasks, the Sukhoi chief designer said.”The F-22 was initially developed as an aircraft to gain air superiority. But eventually the Americans realized that it was essentially wrong to design the aircraft only for carrying air-to-air missiles and made an attempt to fit air-to-surface weapons into the existing configuration of its compartments. But the configuration of the compartments did not allow placing larger cargoes,” Strelets said. Continue reading


A Mil Mi-38T transport and troop landing helicopter being developed on an assignment from Russia’s Defense Ministry performed its debut flight on November 3, Head of Russian Helicopters Group (part of the state hi-tech corporation Rostec) Andrei Boginsky said at the Airshow China on Thursday.

“On Saturday, the Mi-38 helicopter developed for the military made its first hovering,” Boginsky said. The helicopter prototype was made at the company’s expense on the Defense Ministry’s technical assignment, he added. “We have a contract with the Defense Ministry on the delivery of two Mi-38s next year and we are just doing the work to implement this contract,” he said. The Russian Helicopters rotorcraft maker considers increasing the weight of the Mi-38’s underslung cargo from the current 6 to 8 tonnes, thus expanding the possibilities of its use for the military, he noted. Continue reading


Chinese mining company Guangdong Hongda Blasting revealed technical details of its recently tested supersonic cruise missile, HD-1, at the Airshow China 2018 in Zhuhai, South China’s Guangdong Province, leading a military expert to believe it could be a cost-efficient aircraft carrier killer and fleet demolisher.

The made-for-export HD-1 debuted at the air show, which runs from Tuesday to Sunday. The missile uses a solid-propellant ramjet and can reach targets 290 kilometers away at a speed of Mach 2.2 to 3.5, according to the description the company released at the show. Continue reading


China has displayed a host of its latest tactical weapons, including a new intelligence radar, anti-ship missile as well as an unmanned missile boat, at an air show this week in Zhuhai city as it flexed muscles in the disputed South China Sea leading to tension with other nations located on its rim.

The exported versions of the 609-intelligence radar and CM 401 anti-ship missile, which are serving in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in border and coast defence, are on display for the first time at the air show, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported on Thursday. Continue reading

SOURCE: The Epoch Times

The Chinese military began showing off its latest aircraft at the country’s largest airshow, the 12th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition, from Nov. 6 to Nov. 11 this year. But military experts observing the event noted a slew of weaknesses in what was meant to be a show of strength.

The exhibition in the city of Zhuhai, in southern China’s Guangdong Province, featured modern Chinese-designed combat aircraft and their capabilities, in particular the fifth-generation J-20 stealth fighter and jet-thrust vectoring controls on the J-10B, a light multirole fighter.The J-20, designed by the Chengdu Aerospace Corporation, was the focus of of the airshow, being China’s indigenous fifth-generation jet fighter.

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SOURCE: Sputnik

Russia and China have concluded contracts on deliveries of weapons to be used in operations on the ground, in the air and in the sea, Viktor Kladov, the head of the delegation of Russian state corporation Rostec at the Zhuhai airshow, told Sputnik on Tuesday.

“We are actively cooperating with China in all defense sectors: land, air and water. In addition to the successful implementation of two contracts for the S-400 and Su-35, we have a lot of other projects. I would not like to go into details, but I’ll say that we have recently signed three more [weapons] contracts with the Chinese side,” the official said. Continue reading


Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSVTS) believes that it will be economically viable to set up a maintenance center for S-300 and S-400 missile systems in China, FSVTS head Dmitry Shugaev told reporters.

“Considering that China continues to operate S-300 missile systems and given the delivery of new S-400 systems, the creation of a center for the after-sale support of the long-range defense systems would be logical and economically feasible,” he noted.The agency’s director recalled that a maintenance center for the Tor-M1 air defense missile systems had been established last year. “Projects for full service support of helicopters as well as in the field of aircraft engine building are at different stages of development,” he added. Continue reading


China has unveiled its new-generation stealth combat unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), stated to be the most advanced drone developed so far by the country, according to a media report Tuesday. The UAV – CH7 – was unveiled on Monday at the Air Show China 2018 in Zhuhai, South China’s Guangdong Province, the state-run Global Times reported.

Shi Wen, the chief engineer and designer of China’s Caihong (CH) or Rainbow UAV series claimed that “the performance of the CH7 in many areas is much better than the US-made RQ-170, and quite close to the RQ-180.” The CH7 makes China the second country, following the US, to produce high-altitude long-endurance combat UAVs with advanced penetration capabilities, Shi told the paper. Continue reading


A surprise participant in the flying display of this year’s Airshow China is a Chengdu J-10B testbed equipped with a thrust vectoring control (TVC) engine.

The aircraft is likely powered by an advanced version of the indigenous Shenyang WS-10 engine equipped with a hinged nozzle. Thrust vectoring can improve a fighter’s maneuverability, as it need not rely wholly on aerodynamic control surfaces. The appearance of the aircraft, and the very fact it was allowed to appear, could suggest a growing sense of confidence in China about domestically produced jet engines,. Continue reading


China is hardly a stranger to developing medium- and intermediate-range anti-ship ballistic missiles with maneuvering warheads to help exert authority over its broad territorial claims and deny opponents access to wide areas during potential regional conflicts. Now the Chinese have unveiled a new, short-range ballistic missile that could arm shore batteries, its future Type 055 destroyers, and make its way onto the export market as well.

The state-owned China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) publicly unveiled the new missile, called the CM-401, at the biennial Zhuhai Airshow, which officially kicked off on Nov. 6, 2018, and also serves as a general arms expo. CASIC had two launch platforms on display at the event, an 8×8 truck-mounted type with two missiles inside self-contained launch canisters and what appeared to be a deck launcher for ships, also with two self-contained missiles. Continue reading


 China is likely to get its second aircraft carrier sooner than the world expects, as the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN) homegrown carrier vessel battle group (CVBG) is well on its way to being seaworthy. The ‘Chinese Dream’ expounded by President Xi Jinping needs a strong navy with power projection capabilities, and the backbone of any country’s ability to display strength beyond its borders is a CVBG.

ThePrint takes a close look at the progress of the vessels at Dalian through satellite imagery.  Continue reading


Imran Khan arrived in Beijing today in what is termed as the most significant visit to China by a Pakistani Prime Minister in recent years as the all-weather allies grapple to iron out differences over the multi-billion dollar so-called ‘China-Pakistan Economic Corridor’ or ‘CPEC’. The two nations will also discuss financial aid for Pakistan. Islamabad has approached “friendly nations” to avoid a bailout package by the IMF over its tough terms and conditions.

Imran Khan arrived in Beijing early this morning for his four-day visit, official sources said. He is scheduled to hold talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang on shoring up the all-weather ties. Both countries are expected to sign several agreements. Continue reading