Two separate but related developments may affect the air operations of many nations. China is scaling up development of indigenous surface-to-air missiles, with an eye toward bolstering its air-defense capabilities and becoming an important, low-cost supplier to the market. Russia, Belarus and China are developing a new generation of VHF-band radars that track stealth aircraft.
The general feeling among many of China’s naval neighbors and in U.S. military circles is that China has been turning into a bit of a bully in (re)staking territorial claims in the seas off its coasts....More
Former Editor-in-Chief Dave North wrote pilot reports on more than 120 aircraft during his career at Aviation Week. His visits to Embraer began in 1978, long before the Brazilian company’s privatization and emergence as a powerhouse in regional jets. Here, he recalls his Embraer experiences, culminating in a test flight of the E170....More