Air Warfare

PREMIUM OPINION: How does China’s leadership view its fighter pilots?

21st December 2020 - 19:00 GMT | by The Geobukseon in Indo-Pacific

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There is a trust deficit between the leaders of the Chinese Communist Party and the nation's pilots who would be tasked to go to war.

One of the lessons most commonly lost on those who make procurement decisions is that the purchase of a weapon system that represents a leap in technological capability does not translate into some instant, magical uptick in combat power. 

The quality of the operator, their training, the command environment ...

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