The number of advanced fighters represents the strength of a country's air force and, to a certain extent, reflects the overall military strength of a country. US media on the 24th, China, the United States and Russia's existing fourth and fifth generation fighter quantity and annual production capacity inventory, and the number of advanced fighter aircraft of the three countries by 2030 were estimated. From this assessment, compared with China and Russia, the number of American fighter planes still has great advantages.
The number of fighter planes received in China and the United States is quite similar?
The US acquired about 50 F-35 and 26 F-18 "Super Bumblebees" in 2017, according to an article on the US, China and Russia's military jets and estimates for 2030 on the US website Nextbigfuture. In 2018, the United States will receive 70 F-35 and about 14 F-18. That is to say, the United States can get about 75 to 85 fighters a year.
Other military aircraft acquired by the United States in 2017 and 2018 include 15 KC-46A tankers, five E-2D Advanced Hawk Eye AWACS, 24 P-8A antisubmarine aircraft (17 in 2017 and 7 in 2018), and 28 C-130J transport aircraft (19 and 9 in 2017 and 2018 respectively). In general, the United States receives approximately 130 military aircraft per year, excluding helicopters. By mid-2018, Lockheed Martin has delivered 310 F-35 aircraft, and is expected to deliver 91 aircraft by 2018, about a third of which will fly to U.S. allies, after meeting the target of delivering 66 aircraft last year.
Russia received about 43 fighters in 2017, including 16 Su-34 all-weather supersonic fighter-bombers, 10 Su-35 and 17 Su-30SM. In 2017, Russia received about 14 other military aircraft. Russian manufacturers MiG, Sukhoi and other contractors made only about 80 fighters, but they were able to make about 130 each year, the article said. Russia also exports military jets to other countries.
Reported that an unofficial Chinese military website believes that the Chinese military may receive about 100 aircraft in 2017, about two-thirds of them are fighters. According to this standard, the number of fighters received by China and the United States in 2017 was quite similar.
American stealth fighter has an obvious number advantage.
The article said that the United States delivers more jet fighters than China and Russia, and that the United States has far more fifth-generation stealth fighters than China and Russia. China is building more production lines and factories to manufacture new fighter -31 and fighter -20 stealth fighters. China may increase fighter output and roughly meet 5%-10%'s military budget growth. China will catch up with the production of American fighter planes around 2025. China will probably turn to the main production of stealth jets around 2030. China's production of stealth jets is highly uncertain because production is just beginning, and China does not publish production plans, the article said. China currently has about 700 fourth-generation fighters (third-generation domestic standards) and about 25 fifth-generation fighters (fourth-generation Chinese standards). In 2025, China may have 1100 fourth generation fighters and 60-120 fifth generation fighters. By 2030, China may have 1200-1600 fourth generation fighters and 200-500 fifth generation fighters.
According to the US media article, the United States currently has about 450 Fifth Generation Fighters (F-22 and F-35). The U.S. Air Force has about 1,500 F-16 and F-15, the U.S. Navy has about 800 F-18, and the Marine Corps has about 260 F-18. The United States will have about 1,000 fifth-generation fighters by 2025 and about 1,500 by 2030. Russia may have about 1000-1200 fourth generation fighters in 2030. The article did not assess the number of Russian fifth generation fighters.
Rational view of the gap between China and Russia
Some analysts believe that the U.S. data will be released in the defense budget of the previous year, as well as in Russia. According to the Global Times, the data released by the Russian side are basically the same as those published by the U.S. media. For example, Russian data show that there are 101, 90 and 69 combat aircraft delivered between 2014 and 2016, including the Jacques-130 trainer aircraft, but not the transport aircraft. In the "big year" of Russian fighter aircraft delivery, basically can guarantee the delivery of about 100 combat aircraft. The capacity of Russian Defense industry can actually satisfy more aircraft manufacturing. Because the gap between us and Russian military spending is too wide, the number of Russian troops receiving the aircraft must be less than that of the US Army.
A Chinese military expert told the Global Times that the sources of data on China's receipt of aircraft may not be particularly authoritative, and the report acknowledges that China does not disclose the number of military aircraft delivered each year. From these data, the US military production capacity still exceeds that of China and Russia. Especially the current focus of production has shifted to five generations, through pulsating production lines, the future will produce more than 100 F-35, which will enable the United States in the foreseeable future, the number of five generations will be ahead of China and Russia by a relatively large margin, which we should have a clear understanding.
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