Military And Intelligence News Briefs — July 15, 2020

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The Diplomat: The Chinese Navy’s Destroyer Fleet Will Double by 2025. Then What?

China is about to finish the current phase of destroyer construction. What comes next?

It seems that every year, English-language focus on the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) increases in depth and scope. This has been reflected in some increasingly detailed and far-ranging predictions for the PLAN’s growth, most often in terms of the number of ships it may field in whatever particular year in the near future. This author is not immune, and has written similar pieces in the past.

As of mid-2020, a number of PLAN surface combatant programs are either drawing to a close or about to shift gear. As various other major navies around the world begin to implement their own surface combatant programs and evaluations of their own future force structure, it is useful to reflect on where the PLAN’s own force balance will be in immediate future once the current phase of construction enters service – and what comes after.


Military And Intelligence News Briefs — July 15, 2020

China’s J-20 stealth fighter is gaining on America’s top jets — Sandboxx

China begins ‘mass production’ of new stealth fighter jet — Washington Examiner

China’s amphibious assault ship to enter full deployment, reports say — UPI

China Sanctions Lockheed Martin Over Taiwan Arms Sales — Washington Post

Beijing should change tack on South China Sea to avoid conflict with US, analyst says — SCMP

Air Force Awards $1.2 Billion Contract for First Lot of F-15EXs — Air Force Magazine

Air Force anticipates virtual reality trainer for B-52 pilots — UPI

U.S. Army engineers develop greater lethality and speed to support future combat vehicle — Army Technology

Navy Awards Contract for First Vessel In Its Family of Unmanned Surface Vehicles — USNI News

Meet the U.S. Navy’s Sea Hunter Drone: The Robot Ship That Will Hunt Submarines — National Interest

Space Force squadron gets new advanced terminal for secure communications — C4ISRNet

The Marine Corps says it plans to give suppressors to infantry squads starting this year — Business Insider/Task & Purpose

US Air Force gears up for first flight test of Golden Horde munition swarms — Defense News

Air Force Close To Test Firing Low-Cost Cruise Missile As Work On Swarming Munitions Progresses — Warzone/The Drive

‘Inadequate leadership’ led to death of special tactics airman in parachute jump, report finds — Task & Purpose

House panel approves defense bill with border wall limits, Confederate base provision — The Hill

Sen. Tammy Duckworth finally lifts her block against 1,123 military promotions after reassurances that Alexander Vindman was not retaliated against by the Army — Business Insider

US May Need to Nationalize Military Aircraft Industry, USAF Says — Defense One

Air Force’s Roper Sparks Debate On ‘Nationalizing Advanced Aviation’ Industry — Breaking Defense

U.S. Must Invest More In Its Geriatric Bomber Force — Dave Deptula, Forbes

Top Defense Firms Get Biggest Share of Accelerated Virus Funds — Bloomberg

The Pentagon wants a $10B defense industry cash injection. Is Congress listening? — Defense News

The US still can’t effectively track weapons and vehicles given to Afghan security forces — Task & Purpose

Top US general in Mideast in Kabul to discuss peace process with Afghan president — Military Times/AP

Pentagon: US has withdrawn from 5 bases in Afghanistan after Taliban agreement — The Hill

New COVID Cases Complicate US Military Missions in Japan, South Korea — VOA

South Korea Has Already Started A Search For New Airborne Early Warning Radar Planes — Warzone/The Drive

Japan has started to convert its first aircraft carrier in 75 years — Business Insider/We Are The Mighty

Japan Self-Defense Force Accepts Delivery of First V-22 Osprey — USNI News

Defense white paper: Japan within range of North Korea missiles — UPI

Japan highlights F-35 acquisition, military ops amid pandemic in new whitepaper — Japan News

What If Russia’s T-14 Armata Tank Isn’t All It Is Cooked up to Be? — National Interest

Russia Working On Directed Energy Weapon — Forbes

UK orders first three Protector drones from General Atomics — Defense News

Israel Wants to Turn Its F-35s Into High-Tech Electronic Warfare Machines — National Interest

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