Chen Hu said the Chinese F-20 aircraft are catching-up R & D projects of weapons
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Xinhua Zhuangao: end of the year, the major media in 2011 worldwide inventory of new weapons were developed and ranked . The new equipment R & D projects can be divided into two types: one is the “catch up”, and the other is “innovative.”
“catch up” on behalf of: T-50, F -20, Chinese aircraft carrier
list, the Russian T-50, China’s F -20 and one of China’s aircraft carrier and are ranked among the forefront. But in fact, all these R & D projects are “catch up.”
so-called “catch up” R & D project, is another country and other countries already have from their own point of view of R & D of weapons and equipment.
“catch up” project for some countries is important, but it does not as such weapons world-wide development of innovative technology and equipment to bring change.
“innovative” means: unmanned aerial vehicles, space fighter, soldier exoskeleton equipment
“innovative” R & D project is to explore the past, not weapons technology development and specific types of research and development.
the past year, we see many of these R & D projects. UAV is the most concentrated areas, which typically two types: First, the U.S. X-47B, the second is France’s “neurons” unmanned aircraft.
also the United States in space research and development of innovative projects. The most typical representative is X-37B, we call it “space fighter.” Although this term is not very accurate, but the weapons and equipment research and development, it really is a completely innovative projects.
In addition, many people may not concern, nor even much of the media to include it in ranking, but it is indeed the “innovative” R & D project, which is – soldier exoskeleton and equipment. Whether the United States or France, the country’s soldiers in exoskeleton research equipment, such equipment, once formed, the future soldier system will be a leap of development.
intelligent lead UAV revolution
compared to “catch up”, “innovative” greater investment in R & D projects, R & D risk is greater , but it may bring to a military revolutionary change, the most typical is the UAV field. But the real ability to take “innovative” project only a handful of countries.
on UAV technology, people tend to see it fly how high, how far, how strong functionality, but in fact, the core content of UAV technology is intelligent.
UAV used in many wars, including the United States was shot down in Iran, “Sentinel” unmanned aerial vehicles. It should be said of these UAVs is still in the relatively “dumb” state, which will be lured Iran landing.
but the X-47B, there is a breakthrough in the field of intelligent development. Because it can take off and land on aircraft carrier independent, self-completed aerial refueling and other complex movements. Substantial increase in the level of intelligence, which means that it may lead a revolution in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles, which may be brought “no air” of the revolutionary prospects.
France’s “neurons” UAVs more research is still in the concept of the state, it is given early in the development of the definition is “shaped unmanned aircraft.” If no one is shaped UAV can perform combat tasks or remote state, then its intelligence is no doubt achieve a higher level. “Neurons” is aimed at such a goal.
China: not only to “catch up”, but also to “innovation”
a country’s defense capability, is it truly representative of the “innovation type “military technology R & D projects. U.S. think-tank called the study a number of Chinese weapons and equipment to make a ranking, which is not the F -20 topping the list, nor is the carrier, but the so-called “anti-aircraft missiles.” Although today we do not know this project exists, but the Americans, the concept itself represents an innovative R & D direction.
In my opinion, the 2012 R & D into new weapons and equipment, is 2011, which should be “innovative” R & D project to break. About China, we should expect in the big “catch up”, but also has its own “innovative” R & D projects. (Chen Hu)