Recent reports suggest that China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) is superior to the Russian Aerospace Forces in terms of modernization and readiness. This superiority may allow China to quickly gain air superiority over Taiwan, unlike Russia’s Aerospace Forces (VVS).
The PLAAF has been modernizing its air force at an impressive rate over the past few years. They have been introducing advanced fighter jets, including the J-20 stealth fighter, which is one of the most advanced fighter jets in the world. The PLAAF has also been investing heavily in its electronic warfare capabilities, making it a formidable force.
In contrast, the VVS has been facing budget constraints, leading to delays in modernization and maintenance of its fighter jets. The Russian military has also been plagued by corruption, which has hindered its modernization efforts. These factors have led to the VVS falling behind the PLAAF in terms of modernization and readiness.
Experts suggest that this superiority of the PLAAF over the VVS may allow China to quickly gain air superiority over Taiwan, which has been a point of contention between China and the US for decades. The US has been supporting Taiwan’s military modernization efforts, including the sale of advanced fighter jets such as the F-16.
However, the PLAAF’s superiority over the VVS may put the US and Taiwan at a disadvantage in any potential conflict. The PLAAF may be able to quickly gain air superiority over Taiwan, making it difficult for the US to provide air support to Taiwan’s military.
The US and its allies have been closely monitoring China’s military modernization efforts and have been increasing their own military presence in the region. The US has also been conducting joint military exercises with Taiwan, aimed at improving the island’s military readiness.