Chi­nese NavyÕs Air Arm

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his­tor­i­cally, Chi­nese navy has re­lied on older Chengdu J-7 vari­ants and shenyang J-8b/d Fin­back fight­ers for off­shore air de­fence. In 2002, China pur­chased 24 su-30MK2, making it the first fourth-gen­er­a­tion fighter air­craft in ser­vice. th­ese air­craft fea­ture both an ex­tended range and mar­itime radar sys­tems. later it started re­plac­ing its older J-8b/d with the newer J-8F vari­ant. the J-8F fea­tured im­proved ar­ma­ment such as the Pl-12 radar-guided air-to-air mis­sile, up­graded avion­ics, and an im­proved en­gine with higher thrust. to­day, the Pla(n) is tak­ing de­liv­er­ies of mod­ern do­mes­ti­cally pro­duced fourth­gen­er­a­tion fighter air­craft such as the J-10A Fire­bird and the J-11b Flanker. For mar­itime strike, it has re­lied on the h-6 badger bomber for decades. the Jh-7 Floun­der aug­ments the h-6 for mar­itime strike. China is also mod­ernising its fixed-wing mar­itime pa­trol air­craft, air­borne early warn­ing and sur­veil­lance air­craft with the y-8 and the y-9.

UAVs. China is de­vel­op­ing and field­ing a vast range of uaVs. some es­ti­mates in­di­cate that China plans to pro­duce up­wards of 41,800 land and sea-based uaVs be­tween 2014 and 2023. China has un­veiled de­tails of four UAVs un­der de­vel­op­ment—the Xian­g­long, Yi­long, Sky Saber, and Li­jian— the last three of which are de­signed to carry pre­ci­sion-strike ca­pa­ble weapons.

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