Thursday, July 28, 2016

Photos of the day: The 9th Jiangnan Shipyard Type052D DDG or 13th overall

The major noticeable change being the Type 1130 (11-barrelled, 30mm) CIWS first appeared on Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning, followed by the Type055 mockup.   The 13th Type053D could represent a new, minor-improved Type052D variant but it is uncertain until additional information become available.

The Type730 CIWS as seen on the first 12 boats

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

New Chinese Cruiser in Wuhan update: 130mm H/PJ-38 main gun, 1130 CIWS and FL-3000N SAM

Monday, April 07, 2014

New Chinese Cruiser: Updated Pics from Wuhan

Yesterday we announced our identification of a new mockup at Wuhan as the first hard evidence of the design of China's new large surface combat ship.  In what has become the normal sequence for China watching as of late, the first distant hazy photos were rapidly followed by a string of ever closer and clearer images.

New cruiser mockup at right, existing CV mockup at left.

Clear side profile, note the bow and hangar deck are not constructed.

Extrapolated profile view (courtesy CDF member "Hongjian")

This contents of this unusual extended superstructure are hotly debated.

Closeup boasting an exceptionally large bridge deck.
CDF members surmise this aft superstructure to be a hangar and possible pedestal for an L-Band radar. 
The mockup of the CV LIAONING was built at Wuhan in late 2009, and the actual ship entered the fleet in 2012. Using this same timeline we might expect the keel of the new cruiser to be laid in 2015 with a 2017 commission date.
Revised dimensions (courtesy CDF member "Totoro").

We will continue to watch the developments at Wuhan.  Join us in the CDF Forum to discuss this and other Chinese military topics.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Photo of the day: Dalian shipyard's 2nd and 3rd Type 052D LUYANG III-Class Destroyer (12th overall)

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

China releases footage concerning ballistic missile defense system test

China releases footage concerning ballistic missile defense system test
Source: CRIEditor: Yao Jianing
2016-07-26 21:020

Chinese authorities have released footage of the first-ever test authorities conducted for ballistic missile interception system 6 years ago.

PLA researcher Chen Deming says the system itself is one of the keys of China's domestic defense capabilities.

"The Ballistic missile defense system is a critical link in our strategic defense, and is also an important chip in the contest between big powers. It makes a world of difference whether you have it or not."

Screenshot of the footage released by Chinese authorities shows China's first successful test of the ballistic missile interception system on January 11, 2010. (Photo/ The anti-missile system has undergone more successful tests since 2010, including another test in January of 2013.

Footage of the original test has been released on the heels of the U.S. and South Korea agreeing to deploy the advanced U.S. THAAD anti-missile system before the end of next year.

While the U.S. insists the system is to defend South Korea from possible attacks from North Korea, Chinese officials have condemned its planned deployment, saying it threatens China's security.

China's Foreign Minister has warned his South Korean counterpart the THAAD deployment also diminishes the level of trust between the two countries.

Boring logistics picture of the day: DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missile's TEL and loader vehicles

The WS2600 10x10 Transporter Erector Launcher (TEL) with its 40,000 kg of payload has been seen in public for sometime now. The latest was the military parade on Sept 3rd 2015.   However, its engineering/loader variants are not being shown for some odd reason -- it could be that they are just simply too boring.  Anyways, here it is.   Please note the cold climate and off-road capabilities depicted above 

With a full family of supporting vehicles available, the DF-21D could fire again during field deployment, making it that much more effective as a mobile weapon platform.

Abrief glance into China's KJ-200 Balance Beam Airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Chinese Are Comming: Novosibirsk stop before heading to Avaidarts-2016

Two JH-7A Fighter-bombers (72111,72119)of the 110th Brigade and a IL-76 (21041) of the 13th Transport Division arrived at Novosibirsk on their way to the Avaidarts-2016 competition at Crimea's Chauda testing center

Photo credit goes to Nikolay Enin of

The Chinese Are Comming: Seaborne assault

Participants of “Seaborne assault” from China and Iran arrived in the Kaliningrad Region

Teams of the People’s Liberation Army of China and Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran arrived in the Kaliningrad Region in order to participate in the “Seaborne assault” contest within the International Army Games 2016.

In the nearest future, they will arrive at the Khmelevka training area in order to familiarize with targets and route of the contest.

Chinese military servicemen will operate their own armament and hardware upon the agreement reached with organizers of the contest. Their armament and hardware is to be delivered soon to the Kaliningrad ports.

Moreover, teams of Kazakhstan and Pakistan are to arrive at the Baltic Fleet location in the nearest time.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Photos of the day: Capturing downed OpForce pilot

Here is a series of photos depicting a 10-man PLAAF Airborne SpOps team's search for a downed enemy pilot while CAS teams of JH-7s and Q5s providing support by cleaning out a retrieval path.

I am sure they only wanted to provide medical aid to the poor soul and nothing else.... yeah yeah, that's the ticket.