China Focuses on Strategic Air Lift to Support Power Projection

Following successful attempts to modernise its combat aircraft fleet, China's focus is now shifting towards the strategic projection of its air power in support of an expanded global view of Beijing's national interests. The domestic aerospace sector is increasingly capable of supplying the full spectrum of capabilities required by the PLA, with a...
  • Following successful attempts to modernise its combat aircraft fleet, China's focus is now shifting towards the strategic projection of its air power in support of an expanded global view of Beijing's national interests.
  • The domestic aerospace sector is increasingly capable of supplying the full spectrum of capabilities required by the PLA, with a range of programmes now in place to address long-standing capability deficiencies in key areas.
  • Extensive capabilities already exist with regards to airborne surveillance and long-range strike capabilities, although inadequate strategic airlift and aerial refuelling capacity will limit the development of genuine strategic projection before 2025.
Source: www.janes.com