In the yearly report of the Ministry of Defense said that China’s latest generation fighter J-20 could enter service by 2018, Defense News reported May 18.
«J-20 is still in the prototype stage. We continue to look for his development and realize why China is experiencing this plane, and I would not wish to engage in guesswork to perform what tasks he created, «said Acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for East Asia David Helvey (Helvey). The report states that «the creation of J-20 shows China’s eagerness to create a fighter that contains such abilities as modern avionics and propulsion system capable of providing supersonic cruising flight.»
First flight took place on the layout in January 2011, the second completed first flight this month. «We expect that the J-20 combat-ready state is reached earlier than in 2018,» said Helvey. The Pentagon also believes that the Chinese have a lot of enthusiasm to create drones. «We know that China is interested in the development of unmanned aerial systems, the Chinese have made a number of different types of UAVs. The report does not assess the ability of China’s clear in this area and how it lags behind the United States, but it is an area where China is making great efforts, «he added. China has a number of types of UAVs its development, also Harpy UAV produced by Israel of Israel Aerospace Industries.
Meanwhile, the PLA Air Force and develop the ability to strike distant. The country is modernizing the H-6 bombers (Tu-16) with increased range and equipped with new cruise missiles, long range.
The Chinese are also developing several types of aircraft distant early warning and control. These include the Y-8 based on the An-12 and KJ-2000 based on the Il-76.
PLA Navy is moving on the path to the first carrier. Russian built this ship goes on running tests in the sea, but still not reached the full development. «This carrier can reach initial operational capability by the end of this year. But we expect that China will need a few years to settle down for the achievement of its air group low-level operation, «the report said. It also indicates that China may lead the design and construction of aircraft carriers of its development.
In 2012, China led the official size of the military budget equal to 106 billion U.S. dollars, but the Pentagon believes that their current volume is more than 180 billion dollars. Many articles of military spending, including military imports (for example, Russian-built fighters), funded from other budget items. «We also believe that some part of the modernization of nuclear weapons is beyond the scope of the military budget. Therefore must be considered as China’s defense spending on military and non-military budget items that will give a more accurate assessment of China’s military spending, «says Helvey.