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Production variant CH-5 UAV made maiden flight

The production variant of the CASC CH-5 (Cai Hong-5, or Rainbow 5) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made its maiden flight successfully on 14 July from an undisclosed airfield in Hebei Province, marking the final major milestone in its development before the batch production commences. Developed by China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA, a.k.a. 11th Academy) … Continue reading Production variant CH-5 UAV made maiden flight

China deploys first expeditionary unit to Horn of Africa

The Chinese state media reported on Tuesday (11 July) the deployment of military troops and warships to the country’s first ever overseas base – officially referred to as “a naval logistics support facility” – located in Djibouti. In a ceremony held at Zhanjiang Naval Base in the southern province of Guangdong, Admiral Shen Jinlong, Commander … Continue reading China deploys first expeditionary unit to Horn of Africa

Liaoning conduct cross-regional training

https://youtu.be/dqgw_tN6n4k The Chinese state news agency Xinhua has released TV images of PLA Navy aircraft carrier Liaoning in a “cross-regional training”, after leaving its homeport in Qingdao about a week ago. The aircraft carrier will visit Hong Hong later this week for the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong to … Continue reading Liaoning conduct cross-regional training

1st Type 055 missile destroyer launched at Jiangnan Shipyard

The lead ship of China’s new-generation Type 055 missile destroyers was launched today (28 June) at Jiangnan Shipyard on Changxing Island, Shanghai. In a ceremony attended by General Zhang Youxia, Director of the CMC’s Equipment Development Department, the destroyer was launched from the shipyard’s dry dock, where the construction of the vessel commenced in late … Continue reading 1st Type 055 missile destroyer launched at Jiangnan Shipyard

PLAAF to send J-10B for ‘Aviadarts’ military aviation competition

The PLA Air Force (PLAAF) will send its indigenous Chengdu J-10B multirole fighters to take part in the ‘Aviadarts’ competition between July 30 and August 9, the Chinese Ministry of National Defence (MND) has confirmed. The ‘Aviadarts’ competition is an annual tactical aviation training and contest event involving the Russian Aerospace Forces as well as … Continue reading PLAAF to send J-10B for ‘Aviadarts’ military aviation competition

24th Type 054A missile frigate commissioned into service

Xuchang (pennant number: 536), the 24th hull of the Type 054A missile frigate, was officially commissioned into service by the PLA Navy South Sea Fleet at Zhanjiang Naval Base on 23 June. Also known as ‘Jiangkai-II’ class in its NATO reporting name, Type 054A is the most capable frigate design in service with the PLA … Continue reading 24th Type 054A missile frigate commissioned into service

Xi’an MA-60H enters service with China Coast Guard

The first Xi’an Aircraft Industries Company (XAC) MA-60H maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) has entered service with the China Coast Guard. During a ceremony on 19 June, the MA-60 (registration number B-5002) was officially commissioned by the CCG South Sea Bureau, operating from the newly constructed Bo’ao Airport on Hainan Island. The aircraft is based on … Continue reading Xi’an MA-60H enters service with China Coast Guard

Type 052D Luyang-III Class Missile Destroyer

First introduced into the PLA Navy service in 2014, Type 052D (NATO reporting name: Luyang-III class) is the latest variant of the Type 052 family, featuring a number of changes over the previous Type 052C (Luyang-II class) variant. Designed to provide area air defence, Type 052D employs an improved flat-array AESA and a universal 64-cell … Continue reading Type 052D Luyang-III Class Missile Destroyer

Type 052C Luyang-II Class

Nicknamed ‘Chinese Aegis’, the Type 052C (NATO reporting name: Luyang-II class) destroyers were the first truly multirole and highly capable, modern indigenous destroyers introduced by the PLA Navy. With a multifunctional active phased array radar, Aegis-type C3I system, 48 VLS-launched SAM, and eight long-range anti-ship cruise missile (ASCMs), the destroyers are believed to be comparable … Continue reading Type 052C Luyang-II Class