This is a popular story from China Daily Mail. It’s well worth a read. Check it out!
As I dwelled on the implications, my mind switched to Europe and absence of an effective defense strategy. In particular, I am still angered by thought of UK defense cuts in the name of austerity. Surely defense spending should be ring-fenced rather than foreign-aid which often ends up in the hands of corrupt officials?
The following is based on translations from reports on Chinese websites:
Chinese website mil.huanqiu.com describes in its report the difficulties in developing a VTOLfighter jet but concludes that for China at present, development of a VTOL fighter jet within a short period time is not a simple task.
Though China has started the project for such a fighter jet, Chinese military industrial workers still have a long way to go to fulfil that arduous task.
Another Chinese media of similar status, xinhuanet.com, describes in its report the following shortcomings of a VTOL fighter jet: 1. larger fuel consumption; 2. smaller load of ammunition; 3. difficulties to produce and operate; 4. relatively high requirements for takeoff and landing environment (sand, soil taken into engine may cause serious problems); and 5. longer duration of maintenance.
However, xinhua says that China still wants…
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