The western defense media has this upbeat and positive tone when discussing Chinese military equipment. And this same media belittles and degrades Russian military equipment to the point of self delusion. It is just strange to watch. I don't know if they are upbeat about China because they're giving them the underdog treatment or if they are upbeat because they see Chinese military progress as a slight against Russia. It must be the latter. Because its a little late in the game to be giving China the underdog treatment.
But either case makes no sense. Chinese military progress should be a concern to them. They should be studying Chinese military equipment to see how it will effect them. But all they do is cheer the Chinese on.
Why can't they just be level headed ? Just be analytical on both China and Russia. I wont hold my breath.
Here's one example today from The Warzone. Seriously. This tone is evident everywhere from the Warzone to the Natl Interest and all of those Yankee defense Youtube channels. Anyway ..my commentary in brackets.
China’s Y-20 Transport Appears To Be Finally Flying With Indigenous Jet Engines
The Y-20, China’s largest indigenous aircraft, needs new, more powerful engines to reach its full potential.(Yay China) We finally have a strong indication that at least one of China’s Xi’an Y-20 military transport aircraft is now flying with indigenous WS-20 turbofan engines, which offer more power than the Russian-made Soloviev D-30KP-2s (Of course. Russia sucks) fitted to earlier examples. If true, the development would represent a significant advancement in capability for the big airlifter. (Dont get too excited now)
China has already made rapid progress (rapid progress!) with the Y-20 program and production is now progressing at a prodigious rate. However, the airlifter, in its original iteration, has always been hamstrung by its obsolescent engines.(Hamstrung by Russian engines cuz Russia sucks) The original Y-20A, dubbed “Kunpeng,” after a giant bird of Chinese mythology, is powered by four Russian-made low-bypass Soloviev D-30KP-2 engines, which are lacking in terms of thrust and efficiency (of course. they are Russian) compared to modern high-bypass turbofans.
It was always the plan to eventually install indigenous WS-20 high-bypass turbofans, allowing the Y-20 to achieve much more of its potential and remove dependence on a foreign engine source. (Get off those Russian engines. Nato membership ?)
Previous analysis had suggested that the new engine might only be ready for limited production starting from 2024, which suggests that the program could have been accelerated, or perhaps has not faced the problems that had been envisaged. On the other hand, we have so far only seen likely evidence of a single re-engined Y-20 and while Xi’an may be capable of producing airframes in large numbers, it is not currently clear if the same applies to the WS-20 engines.
(^They could have struck a more negative tone with that paragraph. Just imagine if it was about Russia. It would be pure condescension)
Even with its D-30KP-2 engines, the Y-20 can reportedly carry a maximum payload of 132,000 pounds, outstripping the 96,000 pounds carried by the PLAAF’s Russian-made Il-76 Candid airlifters. (Thats the goal. Be better than Russia)
Other potential variants of the re-engined Y-20 include a proposed airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) platform and a civilian cargo derivative, which has previously been exhibited in model form, known as the Y-20F-100. In the civilian sector, the Y-20 perhaps even has the potential to displace the Il-76 (Yesssss!!)
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