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Subject: It Was Not Easy To Let Go
SYSOP    11/15/2012 5:02:06 AM
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TonoFonseca    ???   11/15/2012 6:57:00 PM

"A new generation of air force generals are taking over, who paid more attention to quality than quantity."

In China?  Quality over quantity?  I don't believe it!

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Skylark       11/16/2012 2:21:34 AM
With the retirement of the Q-5, China will need a new, low-cost bomb-carrier to replace it.  The JF-17 Thunder is the obvious choice, but up until now, the Chinese have shown little interest in it, beyond export.  By comparison, the J-10 isn't really suited to ground attack, (and has proven to be something of a disappointment.) and the various su-27/33 clones are not cost effective, though certainly more effective as weapons.  The JF-17 would also have a better chance in air-to-air encounters, but China may be thinking big, so it could be that the su-27 will be the new ground attack system, just as the US did with the F15.  I will be interested in seeing where this goes.
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