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The Pentagon told when China will overtake the United States in the number of combat aircraft

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The Pentagon released a report on the state of affairs in the US military aviation and the aviation industry. The report compares the US Air Force (and other law enforcement agencies that use military aircraft) with the Air Force of foreign countries.


The report says that today the United States is number one in the world in the number of military aviation units. The Pentagon Research Group reports that in the United States today there are about 2,7 of thousands of combat aircraft of various modifications, of which about 1,4 are “in service”. The total number also includes those combat aircraft that are withdrawn from the Air Force (Navy, Marine Corps), but have not yet been "sawn."

In second place, according to the Pentagon, is Russia - about 1,6 thousand combat aircraft. The third place was given to the PRC with a mark in 1,57 thousand. It is not reported how many aircraft of this number are in service with the Russian Federation and China.

These estimates are slightly different from what the British Air Center research center published at the end of 2018. The British in their ranking gave the second place in the number of combat aircraft to China, putting Russia in third place.

The Pentagon told when China will overtake the United States in the number of combat aircraft

One of the main directions of the Pentagon report was on the issue of the possible loss of world leadership in terms of possession of combat aircraft. Analysts at the US military have forecasted that at the pace of aircraft construction that China demonstrates today, it is this country that can become a leader in the number of combat aircraft by the 2030 year.

In China itself, responding to this forecast of the Pentagon, they noted that "the PRC may come to first place earlier than the 2030 of the year." At the same time, China was reminded that they are now continuing to improve the new generation of J-20 aircraft and to create "even more advanced J-31 fighters."
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  1. bessmertniy
    bessmertniy 13 November 2019 11: 22
    +3
    If China sets a goal to overtake the United States in the number of combat aircraft, then for him such a task is completely solvable.
    1. Lopatov
      Lopatov 13 November 2019 11: 36
      +4
      Quote: bessmertniy
      If China sets a goal to overtake the USA

      What for? China does not set itself the task of controlling the whole world.
      1. Corn
        Corn 13 November 2019 11: 54
        +2
        A controversial statement, given the zeal with which the Chinese are pursuing colonial expansion in Asia and Africa.
        1. Lopatov
          Lopatov 13 November 2019 12: 00
          +2
          Quote: Corn
          A controversial statement, given the zeal with which the Chinese are pursuing colonial expansion in Asia and Africa.

          Expansion with money and not with troops.
          1. Thunderbolt
            Thunderbolt 13 November 2019 12: 25
            +2
            At the last party congress, they adopted a strategic development program. The date for achieving military parity with the United States is also named - 2049. And not just money. "... In his speech at the party congress, the President of the People's Republic of China outlined the main strategic goals of Beijing, which include expanding global influence through the ambitious Belt and Road initiative, creating a community with a common future for humanity, and expanding and modernizing the People's Liberation Army , a confident and offensive foreign policy. "
          2. YOUR
            YOUR 13 November 2019 12: 26
            0
            Chinese weapons were noted not only in Asia and Africa, but already in South America, and with it the instructor.
            1. Lopatov
              Lopatov 13 November 2019 12: 27
              +2
              Armament. Not Chinese military bases. Do not be confused.
              1. YOUR
                YOUR 13 November 2019 15: 37
                0
                Down and Out trouble started. They’ll crawl everywhere without military bases
                1. Lopatov
                  Lopatov 13 November 2019 15: 37
                  +3
                  Quote: YOUR
                  Down and Out trouble started. They’ll crawl everywhere without military bases

                  Exactly.
          3. Corn
            Corn 13 November 2019 12: 39
            0
            So the troops are needed to guarantee their financial activities in the region.
          4. dorz
            dorz 13 November 2019 13: 43
            0
            China does not, like Russia and America, have a global Missile Attack Warning System, and they are vulnerable in this.
            1. Lopatov
              Lopatov 13 November 2019 13: 44
              +3
              Quote: dorz
              China does not, like Russia and America, have a global Missile Attack Warning System, and they are vulnerable in this.

              Started to create.
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  2. RADIOACTIVE
    RADIOACTIVE 13 November 2019 11: 26
    0
    It’s necessary not only to have airplanes, but also pilots and maintenance staff, and this quickly as the planes will not work stamping
  3. voyaka uh
    voyaka uh 13 November 2019 11: 29
    +2
    Combat aircraft tends to become obsolete quickly.
    It’s important, not how many planes, but how many modern planes
    (new or past upgrades).
    It is important and how many trained pilots and technicians there are for each combat aircraft.
  4. Thunderbolt
    Thunderbolt 13 November 2019 11: 35
    +3
    Such statistics show little of the real capabilities of the Air Force.
    See for yourself --- North Korea in 5th place, but its fleet is outdated.
    1. voyaka uh
      voyaka uh 13 November 2019 12: 00
      +1
      If you consider only new and modernized ... recourse
      Then Russia has only about 280 modern fighters:
      130 Su-35,
      120 Su-30,
      20 Su-27M,
      6 Su-57,
      2 MiG-35
      1. Thunderbolt
        Thunderbolt 13 November 2019 12: 29
        +3
        I would add the MiG-31BM and MiGs of the 100th naval aviation regiment here. 24 completely fresh and modern fighters.
      2. Corn
        Corn 13 November 2019 12: 56
        +1
        Do not forget the Su34, which occupies the same niche as foreign multifunctional fighters.
        In some quantities there is a fresh moment29.
        Total, about 400 live combat aircraft, which is quite good, relative to other types of troops.
        1. voyaka uh
          voyaka uh 13 November 2019 12: 59
          +1
          I agree ... about 400 turns out.
          1. Kasym
            Kasym 13 November 2019 21: 06
            +2
            And if you add the Su-27, Tu-22, Tu-95, Tu-160 and the possibility of application. Syria showed something.
  5. Saboteur Holuy
    Saboteur Holuy 13 November 2019 13: 09
    0
    The main thing is that as the United States it is difficult to overtake ...
  6. Greenwood
    Greenwood 13 November 2019 13: 24
    +2
    The United States is riveting the F-35 at such a pace that neither we nor the Chinese can keep up with them in terms of the speed of commissioning of new fighters. Already more than 450 35s built.
    1. kventinasd
      kventinasd 13 November 2019 15: 36
      -1
      Quote: Greenwood
      The United States rivets the F-35 at such a pace that neither we nor the Chinese can keep up with them in terms of the speed of commissioning new fighters.

      The United States does not have a defensive strategy, and we do not need so many fighters when there is excellent air defense. Let them first create something like "access denial zones", and something like the C400, Tor and Pantsir systems. And so, judging by the capabilities of the mattress air defense, there is a solid sieve. I think the situation with their missile defense is no better.