Thursday, July 31, 2008

China Close to Military Technology Independence, AVIATION WEEK Exclusively Reports

It's about time I say, considering the size of China. China should be independant in every way, ie. technology, food, energy, economy ...

China Close to Military Technology Independence, AVIATION WEEK Exclusively Reports

NEW YORK, July 28, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ ----In exclusive interviews, U.S. intelligence analysts tell AVIATION WEEK that Beijing's transition toward military technical independence is close to its goal in an article entitled "Peer Pressure" by David A. Fulghum and Douglas Barrie.

Developments include "advanced fighter aircraft, air-launched weaponry, tanker and strategic transport aircraft, and cruise and ballistic missiles, much of it purposefully designed for a Taiwan-sized expeditionary conflict," says the Aviation Week & Space Technology article. "Analysts say they anticipate an even keener, more focused effort in military science and technology over the next 10-15 years."

For years, Beijing has turned to Russian technology for innovation, but now it is close to being able to contribute equally to a partnership with Moscow. Its J-11B, an "indigenous" version of Russia's Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker, has been fitted with local radar, engines and air-to-air missiles, including the PL-12 radar-guided missile, which uses some Russian content but has better kinematic performance than Russia's R-77. Other programs, such as the F-12, digital radio frequency memory (DRFM), directed-energy systems (e.g., high-power microwave, radio frequency and lasers), and modernized battlefield doctrine, are also under development, possibly in preparation to mount offensive economic and military operations against Taiwan while holding U.S. forces at bay.

David A. Fulghum is the senior military editor at AVIATION WEEK with expertise in operations, science, radar and intelligence. A veteran airman and award-winning writer, Fulghum is the first journalist to have flown 15 models of USAF aircraft. He has been cited for awards 12 times by the Aviation Writers Association and Royal Aeronautical Society. He has also held editorial posts at U.S. News & World Report and Time Life Books. Fulghum is the co-author of three books on the Vietnam War and can be reached at

Douglas Barrie, AVIATION WEEK's London Bureau Chief, has been a defense and aerospace journalist for 20 years. He has worked for Jane's Defence Weekly, Flight International, and Defense News, and joined AW&ST in 2002. Barrie is a recipient of the C.P. Robertson Memorial Trophy. To contact Barrie, email

Turn to the July 21 issue to read the article in its entirety or contact Lisa Jaycox at +1 212-512-3272 or for a PDF.


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