Carlo Kopp, Ph.D., is head of capability analysis with the Air Power Australia think tank, a research fellow in regional military strategy at the Monash Asia Institute, and an active researcher in computer networking, satellite navigation and radar theory at the Monash Faculty of IT in Melbourne, Australia. He is a leading authority on Russian and Chinese weapons technology.
The maiden test flight in January 2011 of China's J-20 stealth fighter prototype is an important strategic milestone in several different respects, and is part of an ongoing effort by
C4ISR (Command Control Communication Computer and Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance) systems are a key measure of military capability, and an area in which the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is steadily advancing.
The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has made considerable progress since the end of the Cold War in constructing a modern integrated air defense system (IADS), using a diverse range of