kit wrote:chola wrote:
It is the PERFECT strategy if no one is willing to go to war with them. We had 10 divisions versus their 3 brigades and about 300 planes within striking distance of the border versus their 12 J-10/J-11s in Tibet during Doklam.
We should have crushed them.
But no war? The J-20 and FC-31 (no J because it is not a PLAAF project) can be world beaters since no one is willing to take them to task.
Chinese 6th gen = US 41/2 gen . .. may not even equal US 5th gen if a trade war hots up and access to tech companies get limited
Again, if you don’t fight them then whatever generation they claim works for them.
Read some of the USN reports out there, the number of aircraft and ships being pumped out simply cannot be crewed properly. That’s why we have 21 J-10Cs stacked at Chengdu for an operational type with units that should be ready to accept them. When you launch 60 frigates and corvettes in rapid succession, you will not be able to train enough people. Even more than the questionable specs, the PLA is stretched thin with this expansion and almost certainly horribly trained.
But questionable training and questionable technology levels mean chit during peacetime because they can still be used to create presence on the ground and create de facto control and jurisdiction for the PRC.
You can only make them pay for lying about 5th or 6th gen stealth fighters by actually fighting them. Otherwise, whatever they say works for them because no one can prove otherwise and their numbers can still impose jurisdiction during peace time.