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Chinese J-20 spy shot
China has a new stealth fighter waiting in the wings

The Chinese government is spending heavily to increase its military might and is increasing spending on research into new weapon systems. China insists that it is no threat to other countries, but much of the world looks warily at the communist country and its growing power.

China's defense minister Liang Guanglie says that the country wants to modernize its military without foreign aid. Liang said, "In the coming five years, our military will push forward preparations for military conflict in every strategic direction."

Liang continues to say that China would advance its capability to fight and win future high-tech wars while boosting its conventional military arsenal. China is working on weapons that trouble some military analysts and military personnel in the U.S. with new weapons systems like the DF-21 missile which can destroy a U.S. supercarrier with a single hit.

Liang said, "We will stand on our own feet to solve the problem and develop our equipment. The modernization of the Chinese military cannot depend on others, and cannot be bought."

According to Liang, China is building up its navy, air force, and strategic missile forces. China is thought to be launching a new aircraft carrier as much as a year before analysts expected and the Chinese Air Force has a new stealth jet that has been seen recently in spy shots.  The Chinese stealth aircraft is called the J-20 and is thought to be aimed at the U.S. F-22 Raptor. Some reports have claimed that the J-20 is larger than the Raptor with more weapons and fuel capacity making some think that the aircraft may not be as fast or agile as the Raptor in a fight.

Defense News reports that U.S. Defense Secretary Ronald Gates will head to Beijing soon for talks with Chinese officials. The visit will undoubtedly be in part to talk about the fact that China is allied with North Korea. North Korea recently shelled a small South Korean island killing four people, including two civilians.



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RE: Made in...
By Skywalker123 on 12/30/2010 4:12:18 PM , Rating: 2
The T-34 was not "vastly inferior" to the Panther.


RE: Made in...
By bug77 on 12/30/2010 5:24:14 PM , Rating: 3
True, but I was thinking strictly about the build quality. German tanks were like engineering marvels while Russian armor was just "good enough".

The same applies to the F22. It may be way better, but I think USAF will only get a few hundred. If the chinese build 5.000 J-20s, USAF is screwed.


RE: Made in...
By Beno on 12/31/2010 2:29:23 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
The same applies to the F22. It may be way better, but I think USAF will only get a few hundred. If the chinese build 5.000 J-20s, USAF is screwed.

in times of war the price wont matter. propably be built by dozens per month.

im no expert :) but i just looked at history. and it could be different this time though


RE: Made in...
By bug77 on 12/31/2010 9:27:14 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
in times of war the price wont matter. propably be built by dozens per month.


Maybe it won't, but production capabilities will. And US doesn't have too many of those either.

There was a study back in the cold-war era about an aerial conflict between US and USSR. The conclusion? USAF would have been wiped-out in a matter of weeks.


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