China’s stealth fighter unveiled in flyby debut

China unveils its J-20 stealth fighter at an air show in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, China, on November 1, 2016. Photo: China Daily via Reuters


With no fanfare, just an abrupt announcement by the master of ceremonies, two dark, powerful J-20 jets rumble over spectators at the Zhuhai airshow

Two of China’s J-20 stealth warplanes swept over a gasping crowd at the Zhuhai air show on Tuesday, potent symbols of Beijing’s aspirations to military might.

The fighters were not announced on the schedule and appeared in the sky just after a colorful aerobatics show by the People’s Liberation Army Air Force. Continue reading

China may use microwave weapon against maritime rivals

The WB-1 microwave directed energy weapon mounted on a truck. (Internet photo)


China is likely to deploy its newly designed WB-1 microwave directed energy weapon against Philippine and Vietnamese vessels in the contested South China Sea, according to the state run Reference News on July 27. Continue reading

Dark Sword could become world’s first supersonic drone

A concept model of the Dark Sword drone was seen for the first time at the Zhuhai Airshow in 2006. (Photo/CNS)


China’s mysterious “Dark Sword” combat drone could become the world’s first supersonic unmanned aviation vehicle, reports the website of the country’s national broadcaster CCTV.

The Dark Sword — known in Chinese as “Anjian” — made quite a stir in 2006 when a conceptual model of the unusually shaped triangular aircraft made its debut at the Zhuhai Airshow in southern China’s Guangdong province. Continue reading

PLA’s JY-26 radar said to have detected US F-22 over S Korea

China’s JY-26 counter stealth radar, which is said to have successfully detected a US Air Force F-22 fighter over the skies of South Korea, was among five radar systems displayed by the PLA Air Force at the 10th China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition, also known as the Zhuhai Airshow, according to our Chinese-language sister paper Want Daily.

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