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The People's Liberation Army Rocket Force (PLARF; 中国人民解放军火箭军)

People's Liberation Army Rocket Force

People's Liberation Army Rocket Force

The People's Liberation Army Rocket Force (PLARF; 中国人民解放军火箭军) is the strategic

and tactical missile forces of the People's Republic of China. The PLARF was formerly the Second

Artillery Corps (SAC; 第二炮兵).  Rockets included:

Hypersonic Glide Vehicles (HGV)............................................................................................... 5

DF-ZF Hypersonic Glide Vehicle .............................................................................................. 7

Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM)............................................................................... 11

DF-41 .......................................................................................................................................... 13

DF-31A........................................................................................................................................ 16

DF-31AG / DF-31B.................................................................................................................... 18

DF-5............................................................................................................................................. 20

DF-5A.......................................................................................................................................... 20

DF-5B.......................................................................................................................................... 20

DF-5C.......................................................................................................................................... 20

DF-4............................................................................................................................................. 23

Intermediate-Range Ballistic Missiles (IRBM) ........................................................................ 25

DF-26 .......................................................................................................................................... 27

Medium-Range Ballistic Missiles (MRBM).............................................................................. 29

DF-21A........................................................................................................................................ 31

DF-21C........................................................................................................................................ 32

DF-21D Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile .......................................................................................... 33

DF-17 .......................................................................................................................................... 36

DF-16 .......................................................................................................................................... 38

Short-Range Ballistic Missiles (SRBM) .................................................................................... 41

DF-15A........................................................................................................................................ 43

DF-15B........................................................................................................................................ 45

DF-11A........................................................................................................................................ 46

DF-12 .......................................................................................................................................... 49

B-611M........................................................................................................................................ 51

CM-401 Hypersonic Anti-Ship Missile ................................................................................... 55

Ground Launched Cruise Missiles (GLCM)............................................................................ 59

CJ-10A Cruise Missile .............................................................................................................. 61

DF-100 Hypersonic Cruise Missile (HCM) ............................................................................ 63

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The Art of (Informationized) War

The Art of (Informationized) War

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This book is an attempt to look at 21st century warfare as if Sun Tzu

were alive today and guided by the concept of information dominance

(zhixinxiquan) in keeping with China’s grand strategy: winning without

fighting. “Informationized operations (信化战or xinxi hua zuozhan)”

add a dimension that Sun Tzu never anticipated, but much of the

thinking he demonstrated can be applied in a very practical sense to

modern conflicts. This is not just a discussion of hacking into an

adversary’s computer systems to determine capability and intent, but the

opponent’s ability to use information strategically to shape the battlespace

in a manner that increases the likelihood of victory with the least

risk of discovery. Mastery of “integrated network electronic warfare

(INEW)” is important because the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has

not engaged in a major conflict since 1979, and its combat experience in

high-tech war under informationized conditions is virtually nil.

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China Combat Aircraft 2020-2025

China Combat Aircraft 2020-2025

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The aircraft included here are claimed to be some of the most sophisticated military aircraft in

the world and should be taken very seriously by any adversary. I am listing the aircraft in

numerical order and include the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) designation if there

is one. I don’t know if all the aircraft are “real” or wishful thinking. What I do know is that just

because a person has a set of blueprints to make an exact replica of a particular aircraft doesn’t

mean that the aircraft will function in the same manner. Today’s aircraft are just as reliant on the software that operates the fly-by-wire controls as they are on the skill of the pilot. Even if a

person has the right materials (metallurgy being very important) and can machine the parts

properly, they still have to assemble and test the final product.


Bomber Aircraft

H-6 Jet Bomber/Transport/Air Refueling 

H-20 Strategic Stealth Bomber 

Fighter Aircraft 

J-7 Jet Fighter NATO: Fishcan D 

JH-7 Jet Fighter NATO: Flounder 

J-8 Jet Fighter NATO: Finback C 

J-10 Jet Multirole NATO: Firebird A 

J-11 Jet Multirole NATO: Flanker L 

J-14 Stealth Fighter Concept 

J-15 Jet Multirole NATO: Flanker X2 

L-15 Training/Light Attack Fighter “Falcon” 

J-18 VSTOL Jet Fighter “Red Eagle” 

J-20 Stealth Jet Fighter “Mighty Dragon/Firefang” 

J-26 STOVL Jet Fighter 

J-31 Stealth Jet Fighter “Gryfalcon” 

Su-27 Jet Fighter NATO: Flanker 

Su-30 Jet Multirole NATO: Flanker G 

Su-35 Jet Multirole NATO: Flanker E/Super Flanker 

Helicopters 

SA 342L Transport Helicopter Aérospatiale “Gazelle” 

Z-8 Attack Helicopter /Patrol 

Z-9 Attack Helicopter NATO: Haitun 

Z-18 Attack Helicopter 

Z-19 Attack Helicopter 

Ka-28 Attack Helicopter NATO: Helix-A 

Mi-17 Transport Helicopter NATO: Hip 

Chinese Osprey Transport Helicopter 

Unmanned Aircraft 

WZ-8 Rocket-powered, air-launched UAV 

GJ-11 UAV “Sharp Sword” 

CH-7 UAV “Rainbow-7” 

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China Surface Warships 2019 - 2020 book

China Surface Warships

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Recently it was announced that China’s PLA Navy now has more ships (300) than the U.S. Navy

(287). This book covers the bulk of Beijing’s Navy including destroyers, frigates, and corvettes.

These categories have seen more growth since 2005 than any other. The rapid growth of ships in these categories is in keeping with the Military Strategy China released in 2015 which states, 


“… the PLA Navy (PLAN) will gradually shift its focus from “offshore waters defense” to the

combination of “offshore waters defense” with “open seas protection,” and build a combined,

multi-functional and efficient marine combat force structure.” The launching of new ships is in

addition to retiring very old ships (pre-1990) and modernizing ships built after that.


This focus makes sense when you consider the strategy of creating defensive “rings” in the seas

around China. It’s kinda like the bar fight scene in the movie “A Bronx Tale” when the boss

locks the front door and says, “Now you’se can’t get out.” I suspect the plan will all come

together by the year 2025. Wait any longer than that and this new batch of ships will be out of

date.


U.S. Navy ships are larger, and the U.S. has more aircraft carriers – China has one active, one

being fitted out and 2 (or 3) being built. We added information on China’s aircraft carriers,

however there is very little out there. We will update this as we find out more.  


Updated in late September to include transport ships (Type 071, 072, 073, 074 and 075). Also added the Type 22 Missile Boat since there are at least 83 of those. Nice littoral area boat, and the sheer numbers could overwhelm an opponent, but not very effective without good air defense. Check out the electromagnetic rail gun mounted on the Type 072III Transport Ship.


This book does not go into the ships of the PLA Navy Reserve Force, the People's Armed Police (PAP) or the China Militia (中国民). Those could be another book if there is enough interest). Let us know if we should print these by logging into our web site and sending a comment: USGOVPUB.COM
 

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China Combat Submarines book

China Combat Submarines

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 We decided to publish this as a separate book since the submarine force is large and growing in significance.   We tried to confirm the information from several sources, but there is a lot of disinformation out there so if you run across any anomalies, please let us know and we will make the necessary corrections.  

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The Science of Military Strategy 2013 China’s Military Strategy 2015

The Science of Military Strategy

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The Academy of Military Sciences of the People’s Liberation Army of China issued a revised edition of its “The Science of Military Strategy” (SMS) in 2013. A Chinese-language copy was obtained by Secrecy News, but I was not able to find an English language copy so I decided to undertake to translate it into English myself. I am not a scholar of the Chinese language, but hopefully you will excuse my illiteracy as this is the only English version readily available. I believe the translation is faithful to the original however, I have taken some poetic license in order to improve the readability. Some of the colloquial expressions such as “two legged losers” (page 210) and use of a “private white hair to attack and defend the network” (page 196) went completely over my head so I didn’t make any attempt to edit them. I decided to limit the translated text on any given page in the original text to the same numbered page in this book. So, if you are unsure of the meaning of some of my edits – and, you happen to be a Chinese scholar – you will know what page number to look for in the original Chinese edition. Here, I must apologize because unfortunately, some text and sometimes complete pages of the copy I obtained were not legible, making accurate translation impossible. Where this occurs, I left that area blank so as to highlight that something is missing and added the word “Unintelligible”.


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 At the last minute I decided to include the text of “China’s Military Strategy” that was released by the State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China in 2015. You will find that at the end of this book. It provides additional context to the 2013 document and should further clarify some of the meaning.    Printed full size (8 1/2  by 11 inches) with large text. 

The Science of Campaigns 2006

The Science of Campaigns

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This is the complete translation of "The Science of Campaigns" [战役学], 2nd ed., Beijing:

National Defense University [国防大学出版社], 2006. I have not been able to find an English

language copy so I decided to undertake to translate it into English myself. I am not a scholar of

the Chinese language, but hopefully you will excuse my illiteracy. I believe the translation is

faithful to the original however, I have taken some poetic license in order to help the readability.

I decided to limit the translated text on any given page in the original text to the same numbered

page in this book. So, if you are unsure of the meaning of some of my edits – and, you happen to

be a Chinese scholar – you will know what page number to look for in the original Chinese

edition.


This is a 2-Volume book.  Find both volumes on Amazon.com, as well as the ePub.

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This is one of the most authoritative publicly available sources on Chinese military thinking about the campaign level of warfare.   Printed full size (8 1/2  by 11 inches) with large text.