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Figaro

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Not sure if this has been discussed earlier or in a separate thread, but any indication China may consider developing its own Supersonic Stealth VTOL aircraft now that they may be building “light carriers” in the form of the Type 076 LHD.

if they work with the Russian Yakovlev company and advance the Yak-141 design (similar to what Lockheed did in the 1990s) they could develop their own version akin to the F-35B, except they could make it manned or unmanned. The unmanned version could form the basis for a Chinese loyal wingman type aircraft and the manned version could allow them to equip their marine forces near a conflict zone while also opening up a product for export along with the Type 076 LHD as a light carrier.

If Pakistan’s economy improves enough during the planes development, a supersonic stealth jump jet maybe an attractive option for the PAF or PN. This maybe especially true in remote areas with limited airbases like the north for the PAF and along the coast or on an LHD for the PN.

IIRC, China invested in VTOL research many years ago and found that the benefits were not worth the massive developmental cost and effort. Especially with the prospect of the 076 being fitted with EM catapults, the possibility of a VTOL in development is near zero unfortunately.
 

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China's air force has released a video showing nuclear-capable H-6 bombers carrying out a simulated attack on what appears to be Andersen Air Force Base on the U.S. Pacific island of Guam, as regional tensions rise. The video, released on Saturday on the People's Liberation Army Air Force Weibo account, came as China carried out a second day of drills near Chinese-claimed Taiwan, to express anger at the visit of a senior U.S. State Department official to Taipei.

 

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