Ever since the dawn of China as a global superpower, the diplomatic and strategic relations of the country vis-a-vis other players in the world arena has undergone changes and modifications. Particularly, the equation of the Asian giant with the former Soviet Union has been altered manifold. With China drawing inspiration from Russia in a number of military pursuits, it is inevitable that the two countries are closely bound together when it comes to strategic alliance. Below we present a comparison of the huge domain of Chinese and Russian military weapons and the underlying inferences.
A twin-engine, mid-size fifth-generation jet fighter, the Shenyang J-31 is a Chinese multi-purpose light fighter that apparently takes ‘inspiration’ from the Pentagon’s Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). Touted by Vladimir Barkovsky of Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG as a ‘good machine’, the fighter appears to be “not a copy but a well done indigenous design.”
ALL WEATHER AIRCRAFT
A training ship that was originally laid down in 1985 for the Soviet Navy as the Kuznetsov-class aircraft cruiser Riga, it was rebuilt as Liaoning on 25 September 2012. Liaoning is now classified as a Chinese Type 001 aircraft carrier.
The twin engine jet fighter, the Shenyang J-11 is based on the Soviet-designed Sukhoi Su-27 air superiority fighter. Under a production agreement with Russia, the plane was initially designed to incorporate Russian avionics but was later revoked after the Soviet Union had to halt the production of its Sukhoi. Thus, this fourth generation fighter jet from Russia had to make the switch to domestic technology instead for its operations.