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China’s showing off its new helicopters

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A peek into the China Helicopter Expo.

The 4th Biennial China Helo Expo in Tianjin shows off China’s latest in helicopter technology, plus future plans. Continue reading

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China’s stealth fighter may be getting a new engine

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Relying on Russian engines has put China at the mercy of a single, foreign supplier. That could be changing.

China’s J-20 stealth fighter is going to be powered by homemade turbofan engines. Continue reading

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China’s looking to one-up Elon Musk’s hyperloop

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If created as proposed, T Flight will be faster, with more extensive routes.

Defense and space giant CASIC announces that it’s pooling its resources to build supersonic levitating trains. Continue reading

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For sale: China’s brand new, souped-up tanks

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The country shows off new infantry-fighting vehicles.

China shows off new infantry fighting vehicles, including one built from converted tank, and an explosive missile defense system for tan… Continue reading

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These are China’s plans for floating nuclear reactors

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Multiple designs are starting to take shape.

China plans to build a fleet of floating reactors to power its maritime ambitions. Read on. Continue reading

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As a drill and potential warning, China’s navy just fired dozens of missiles near North Korea

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China held a massive live fire exercise near the Korean Peninsula.

China holds a massive live fire exercise near the Korean Peninsula, to remind everyone that it’s a key Asian military power. Continue reading

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China’s army is showing off its new tanks, stealth fighters, and missiles

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It’s all part of the PLA’s 90th anniversary celebration.

The PLA shows off its latest high tech tanks, stealth fighters, artillery, and ICBMs. Read on. Continue reading

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Come see China’s new hexacopters and self-detonating drones

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What the People’s Liberation Army has up its sleeve.

China confirms that some interesting high tech tactical drones are already operational. Read on. Continue reading

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American and Chinese aircraft could be flying 4,000 miles per hour by 2030

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How China and the United States compare in the hypersonic arms race

By the 2030s, the high skies could be filled with American and Chinese hypersonic aircraft flying at over 4,000 miles per … Continue reading

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This new ramjet engine could triple the range of Chinese missiles

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Deadly surprises for even the most modern stealth fighters.

Chinese engineers have tested a souped up ramjet that will make Chinese missiles faster and fly further. Read on. Continue reading

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China is building the world’s fastest amphibious fighting vehicle

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30 miles per hour on water.

The North China Institute of Vehicle Research has built an armored car that can swim at speeds of up to 50 kilometers per hour (faster than some warships). Continue reading

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China just flew a 130-foot, solar-powered drone designed to stay in the air for months

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The CH-T4 has already set a national flight record.

China’s enormous solar powered drone set a national flight record, reaching an altitude of over 20,000 meters, and can stay airborne for m… Continue reading

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China’s new submarine engine is poised to revolutionize underwater warfare

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It looks a lot like ‘Red October’ in real life.

A Chinese admiral reveals that China has mastered a new and silent electrical propulsion system for submarines. Continue reading

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China is developing a warship of naval theorists’ dreams

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An arsenal ship that can be submerged in water.

The Chinese navy is taking arsenal ships in a new direction—as giant submersibles. Read on. Continue reading

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In China, an e-commerce giant builds the world’s biggest delivery drone

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JD.com’s robot can carry 1 ton of cargo by air.

JD.com, a competitor to Alibaba and Amazon, will start flying drones with a 1-ton payload in a 11,500-square-mile testing area in Shaanxi, C… Continue reading

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China is building the world’s largest nuclear submarine facility

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It can build four subs at a time.

China’s new submarine factory on the Yellow Sea will churn out modern SSNs in the next decade, making PLAN submarines a deadly global force. Read on. Continue reading

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A look at China’s most exciting hypersonic aerospace programs

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The latest scramjets, near-space planes, and super wind tunnels.

The 21st International Space Plane and Hypersonic Systems and Technology in Xiamen, China, offers details on key fast techn… Continue reading

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China’s Marine Corps is getting bigger and stronger

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A reorganization and expansion brings the program from 20,000 to 100,000 Marines.

China’s Marines are expanding in numbers, possibly soon to be armed with main battle tanks, heavy artiller… Continue reading

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Here’s how China is battling drones

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There’s no shortage of targets.

Chinese police have drone-jamming guns, while the Chinese military has frigging laser guns. Continue reading

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Drones, lasers, and tanks: China shows off its latest weapons

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A peek at the arsenal at an arms fair in Dubai.

China displays a whole bunch of high-tech and homemade weapons at the IDEX 2017 arms fair in Dubai. Read on. Continue reading

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Meet China’s triple-hulled warship of the future

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A trimaran vessel with all-electric propulsion, multiple helicopters, and anti-ship missiles.

China Shipbuilding Trading Company plans for a high-tech trimaran warship with all-electric pr… Continue reading

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The Chinese Air Force is about to get a swarm of fighter jets for training pilots

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China is investing in the supporting elements of modern air power.

The JL-10 (also the Hongdu L-15) is becoming China’s top option for preparing pilots for flying stealth fighters. Read on. Continue reading

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The nuclear arsenals of China and the U.S.: Plans for a future armageddon

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A quick run-down of they have now, and what they’ll get in the coming decades.

Here’s a quick run-down of the nuclear systems of both countries—and what they are planning to obtain in th… Continue reading

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China’s new microwave weapon can disable missiles and paralyze tanks

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An electronics-killing ray has a variety of uses in war.

A weapon that uses microwaves to knock out electronic equipment wins a top Chinese science prize. Continue reading

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A private Chinese space company just scored a foreign contract for the first time

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The agreement was signed with a Danish nanosatellite maker.

Landspace signs an agreement with Gomspace, a Danish nanosat maker, to start launching its satellites in 2018. Continue reading

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To get a man on the moon, China’s program takes cues from the Apollo lunar lander

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The country is looking to launch in 2032.

China tests the landing gear for its manned lunar lander, as part of a 15-year journey to humanity’s lunar return. Read on. Continue reading

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Meet China’s Sharp Sword, a stealth drone that can likely carry 2 tons of bombs

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It just won a technology prize, so China’s pretty proud of it.

The Sharp Sword won a big national technology award, showcasing China’s secretive research into stealth drones. Continue reading

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China’s new aircraft carrier hints at the future of its navy

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The Liaoning carried at least three helicopters, eight fighters, three destroyers, two frigates, and a refueling ship.

The aircraft carrier Liaoning is already making big waves. What’s mor… Continue reading

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China’s new ballistic missile submarine could change its prospects in nuclear war

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It’s stealthier, with a range long enough to attack the United States from Chinese waters.

The Type 094A SSBN, in addition to being stealthier, can launch longer ranged nuclear missiles, safe within Chinese co… Continue reading

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Did China’s first stealth fighter unit just go operational?

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J-20s hit the air.

Test pilots form the first operational squadron of J-20 stealth fighters, giving China a wing up in the Asian arms race. Continue reading

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