THE RISING SEA DRAGON IN ASIA - 2016 UPDATE
By Jeff Head - Last Update: January 11, 2016
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Introduction and Overview:
The PLAN has made consistant progress towards both goals over the last twelve years, as successive reports on The Rising Sea Dragon in Asia atest. The PLAN now consistantly and normally operates throughout the 2nd island chain, and its new vessels, individually, and grouped into small task forces, are seen more and more throughout the other major oceans of the world. This type of progress extends to all major areas of the PLAN's operational capabilities.
All in all, the PLAN added six new corvettes, five new frigates, three new destroyers, five new replenishment vessels, three new amphibious ships, four new submarines, and many new aircaft in 2015. That type of growth has become the norm, and appears likely to continue for the next several years.
This report will examine the developments and growth within the PLAN surface combatant fleet, within the PLAN's amphibious fleet, extending to the PLAN's naval air arm (both carriers and aircraft), its logistical supply fellt, and to submarine developments.
The report will also give an overview of the progress of the PLAAF's J-20 5th generation stealth fighter, and finally, take a look at the phenominal reclamation efforts the Chinese have made in developing new islands in the South China Sea.
Navigating this Report:
1. Surface Combatant Developments
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