US Air Force Scared by Chinese Air Force’s Growing SuperiorityPosted: November 30, 2018
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/.