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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Blog Updates and Article Schedule

As frequent readers have noticed, the volume of articles being published in recent months has declined substantially. I have been in the process of applying for graduate schools and studying for the GRE exam. Thankfully, I will be able to resume posting articles as normal in about a week. The next article will be on the state of China's fighter radar technology.

During the research process on the J-31’s avionics, it became apparent that very few credible, verifiable, and non-speculative English based source materials existed on the subject of PLA fighter radars. Basic information, such the proper name or designation of a radar system is utilized by a particular fighter often varies between sources; performance figures associated with domestically produced radars is even harder to verify. This upcoming article's intent was to compile a wide variety of information on currently used PLA fighter radars in conjunction with expected future developments in Chinese actively scanned electronic array (AESA) radars. Furthermore, the current “Threat Analysis of Foreign Stealth Fighters: Part I Chengdu J-20” is largely dated with respect to developments with the J-20’s avionics suite and this article subsequently provides more up-to-date information on the J-20’s AESA.    

Once the Chinese fighter radar article has been published, I plan to begin work on an article which will list defense related proposals for Taiwan as well as Part II of the J-31 article. In the mean time, the articles below are worth reading. Feel free to let me know if you have any comments or suggestions and thank you for your patience. 


  1. Hi Matt,

    Focus on school for the moment, and girls :-)

    Have you seen the new J-20 numbered 2015.

    Some more improvements to the aircraft and really nice photos.

    There are also blurry photos of the 2015 air refueling nozzle pooping up and down while on the ground.
    It's located at the front of the nose just beside the pilot's seat on the front right had side, looks like it the photo was taken as the aircraft was about to take off. Most likely a ground test. Photo's where clearly taken behind some trees.

    There are also some photo shop pics going around as well that are clearer of what it looks like, but from the photo that i seen on the china web site, it looks exactly like the F35 refueling point, also having the v shape cuts in door/opening. Sadly the tree photo's are gone, but the photo shop are still up, they seem to be the closest to the one I seen.

    When I seen the 2015 photo's i immediately thought that have final got there production plane, it's looks nice.

    Also don't know if you are interested, but china also released there final mass production light/medium tank. Looks very EU style. Been quiet a bit of discussion about it on the forums. Very high tech, lot's of armor and sight's on it.

    And you would have heard about China new Class ship destroyer Type 055 that has gone into production that was reviled before xmas. It has new Radar and missile system, "apparently" or "rumor" it will have more fire power than the Burk Class, and have been more based on SK and Japan designs. But who knows, that's news that is going off the models and media reports. So take it as a grain of salt. But when looking at the models. It dose look pretty close to those designs.

    Take Care.
    Stone 30:-)

    1. Hi Stone!

      Yes, I have been reading about the J-20s development cycle a lot recently. Despite the fact that the airframe looks mature, its almost certainly got a long way to go with respect to software if the F-35's and F-22's development process is representative (especially the former).

      What is the designation of the new tank? I've read about the Type 99 & Type 98 MBTs but this sounds different.

      From what I've read the Type 055 seems more like a missile cruiser than a destroyer given its size and payload. Chinese missiles have come a long way as far as adding to the firepower carried in their vertical launch cells. I think the US will still have an edge once LRASM is operational. I also would recommend reading this facinating CBSA proposal which would make US ships much more offensively armed and change our defensive strategy to intercept incoming missiles at closer range where we have a better chance to down them vs. the current strategy of trying to intercept at as far away as possible (its also more cost effective as close in can use quad packed sea sparrow and electronic jamming)



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  3. Hi Matt, I found this website that says PK AMRAAM is over 90% by AESA radars and other new technologies that provide greater accuracy and less time to react to jammers and "home-on-jam mode".

    1. Thanks RMR_22, this is a really good reference source; I was unaware of these upgrades. Given the comparatively low internal storage of the F-22 and F-35, I would certainly hope the AIM-120 has a higher than 0.46 pk. Regardless, I think the termination of the next generation missile and the previous triple target terminator was critical error (AIM-120 replacement programs).