China’s air superiority is rapidly mobilizing in the light of modernization of Chinese fighter jets, cargo planes, stealth aircraft, missiles and launch vehicles. Reports suggest that the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) currently has approximately 3,000 operational aircraft, nearly 600 of which are considered modern.
Recent flights of prototypes of the Chinese J-20 stealth fighter, an aircraft more advanced than any other air platform currently deployed in the Asia-Pacific region, provide testament to their superior Air Force regarding stealth aircraft. According to some reports, the Chinese are also testing a smaller stealth fighter variant called the FC-31. Today, China’s J-10 fighter jet aircraft would be roughly equivalent in capability to an upgraded U.S. F-15.
by: Larkins Dsouza