The country’s most advanced combat aircraft will take part in an air exercise where a new electronic warfare aircraft and advanced drones will be demonstrated for the first time.
The Chinese military will display some of its most advanced weapons and equipment when the country’s largest air show begins this week.
The China Airshow opened in the southern city of Zhuhai on Tuesday after a year-long delay due to the coronavirus epidemic.
The state-run Global Times reports that there will be “dazzling flight demonstrations” involving the J-20, the Air Force’s most advanced combat aircraft.
Other advanced aircraft, including the J-16D electronic warfare aircraft, the WZ-7 high-altitude aircraft, and the WZ-8 high-speed UAV, will also be on display in a static display in the outdoor display area for the first time. She said.
The exhibition, which highlights the country’s efforts to improve domestic aviation technology, comes amid growing strategic competition in the Asia-Pacific region.
The US, UK and Australia recently announced a trilateral security agreement for the region, including the provision of nuclear-powered submarines to Australia, while the leaders of the Quartet met in person for the first time at the White House on Friday.
The Quartet includes the United States, Australia, Japan and India, and is seen as an attempt to counter the rise of China, which is becoming increasingly assertive in the region, particularly in the disputed South China Sea and over Taiwan.
“As China faces increasing threats from the West, it needs to improve its military, aerospace and industrial capabilities,” said Song Zhongping, a military commentator and former trainer in missile technology in the People’s Liberation Army.
The Global Times reports that the J-16D has two large electronic warfare wings on its wings, which will be used to disable and jam hostile electronic equipment, including radar and communications systems. It also has a new avionics system and homemade engines.
More than 100 aircraft have been registered for display in the air or on the ground as China demonstrates its military might and space ambitions, including a manned next-generation missile and heavy launch vehicle.
The flight shows will showcase some of the products China wants to export, including the AG600, the world’s largest amphibious aircraft, designed for firefighting and marine rescue roles.
The Wing Loong II, an armed drone similar to the US MQ-9 Reaper, has been sold to customers including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Pakistan as China competes against Western rivals to increase military exports.
A new series of drone products called Feihong, including a helicopter drone, loitering missiles and a new generation of stealth drones, will make their debut at the exhibition.
“Beijing is not only intent on propelling domestically made military aircraft and space technologies, but also its ability to meet almost any military requirement there,” said Kelvin Wong, a Singapore-based defense technology analyst at Guinness.
Taiwan has repeatedly complained about the Chinese air force incursion. Beijing claims the democratically governed island as its own.
China has also built artificial islands and established remote military outposts in the South China Sea, which are also claimed by Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.
Her claim to the sea was almost completely rejected, based on her controversial nine-line streak, by a court in The Hague in 2016 after the Philippines took legal action. Beijing has ignored the ruling.