US Air Force Scared by Chinese Air Force’s Growing Superiority


US Air Force Times’ article yesterday titled “China aims to defeat the US Air Force without firing a shot. Here’s how” reflects such fear covered by the allegation of China copying the US so that Chinese equipment is similar to the US. However, the article cannot deny that China can also innovate as proved by its independent development of missiles.

We all know that China’s DF-21D and DF-26 anti-ship ballistic missiles are capable of denying US aircraft carriers approach to Chinese coasts.

However, the claim of similarity at least reflects the writer’s admission that China’s equipment is equal in functions and performance. That, in fact, indicates the fear of US air force that Chinese air force’s superiority will grow to the extent that it may defeat its US counterpart without firing a shot.

The article is based on US think tank Rand Corp’s report that “was originally shared with Air Force leaders in September 2017, but was made publicly available this month (November 2018)” according to Air Force Times’ report.

Rand Corp’s report displays the following table of comparison between US and Chinese air force.

The first item in the table is already entirely wrong. It says that J-20 copies US F-22 and F-35. J-20’s canard pneumatic structure is entirely different from the conventional ones of F-22 and F-35.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Air Force Times’ article, full text of which can be viewed at https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2018/11/29/china-aims-to-defeat-the-us-air-force-without-firing-a-shot-heres-how/.


7 Comments on “US Air Force Scared by Chinese Air Force’s Growing Superiority”

  1. Steve says:

    The US is indeed desperados. How about this …..

    In November, the American naval academy’s magazine published an article entitled, “solving the navy’s imaginary enemy problem” that it should try to steal a batch of J-10, J-15 and J-20 fighters for study on imaginary enemy tactics. The author of this article is US navy officer Graham Scarbo, head of the US naval air force VFA-32 squadron. Chinese media replied that this US navy duty officer is close to mental retardation. Firstly, the chances of an outsider approaching a J-20 from ground level is O. Secondly, Chinese pilots has unswerving patriotism, political correctness and a high sense of moral responsibility. Thirdly, all switch buttons on the J-20 is in Chinese and all voice packages are prepared in advance so that the plane will not fly to incorrect destinations. The J-20 is equipped with anti hijacking devices, self destruction devices, etc, etc. China’s J-20 is indeed he only true 5.5 generation of stealth fighters, a very serious opponent that the US air force are having nightmares.

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    • Simon says:

      He just been watching “Firefox”. It may also expose the fact the F22 and F35 does not have the anti-hijack and self destructing features you mentioned.

      In the Bin Laden raid a few years ago an experimetal stealth chopper was used, it crashed and American seals try to destroy it unsuccessfully by throwing bombs at it. Pakistan captured it and offered it to China but the Americans felt insulted when the Chinese took no interest in it.

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  2. Simon says:

    Unlike in the Cold War were the military of America and USSR were design to counter each other, these day America’s military is a “Jack of All Trade, Master of Nothing” impeded by economic interest rather than how to win wars with a near peer competitor.

    China’s military are design to defeat America.

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  3. Tyler Reber says:

    Is the first item wrong? J-20 has Landing gear, cockpit to house a pilot, wings that create lift, all staple features of US planes. Can’t the Chinese think of something original, like finding a new shape to model a wheel after, such as rectangles.

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  4. steve says:

    “..US Air Force Times’ article yesterday titled “China aims to defeat the US Air Force without firing a shot. Here’s how” reflects such fear covered by the allegation of China copying the US so that Chinese equipment is similar to the US…”

    As the old saying goes: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. To imitate someone is to pay the person a genuine compliment — often an unintended compliment. China has not engaged in air-to-air combat in decades.
    Why would the US Air Force be afraid of an inexperienced Air Force like the PLAAF? This article is merely a call to arms to address the attempts of China to close the gap in air operations. And the US Air Force is already addressing that gap with new tactics and new equipment. The PLAAF still remains behind the curve.

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