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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.
H-6 Jet Bomber/Transport/Air Refueling
H-20 Strategic Stealth Bomber
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
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
WZ-8 Rocket-powered, air-launched UAV
GJ-11 UAV “Sharp Sword”
CH-7 UAV “Rainbow-7”
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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
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
Printed full size (8 1/2 by 11 inches) in color with large text.
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 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”.
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.
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
This is a 2-Volume book. Find both volumes on Amazon.com, as well as the ePub.
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.