Fighter aircraft J-20 of People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) performs in the sky showing with live ammunition for the first time on day six of the Airshow China 2018 on November 11, 2018 in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province of China. (Photo by VCG/VCG)
FOX News: Pentagon: Chinese Air Force fast-becoming massive threatThe size of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force is reported to include a total of 2,500 aircraft
New attack drones, 5th-generation stealth fighter jets, reconfigured cargo planes and Russian-built air defenses are making China’s Air Force even deadlier. In fact, all of these advances present a great concern to U.S. war planners.
The size of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force is reported to include a total of 2,500 aircraft, making it the third-largest in the world, according to the Pentagon’s 2020 China Military Power report.
U.S. threat assessors are not merely concerned about the size of the Chinese Air Force but the increasing technical sophistication and multi-mission tactics with which it operates. For instance, as part of its discussion of Chinese airpower, the report notes that China operates highly advanced, Russian-built S-400 and S-500 air defenses.
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WNU Editor: The Chinese air force still has a long way to go. But they are catching up. I give them another decade or two before they are on par with the US or close to it.