At the launch of The Military Balance 2017, Douglas Barrie, IISS Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace, talks about the significance of China’s aircraft and air-to-air missile developments.

'The pace and the introduction is almost unheralded,' he says. The People’s Liberation Army Air Force is developing a capable palette of air-to-air weapons that could make the air environment more difficult for the F-35 and supporting aircraft.

Watch the full launch.


The Military Balance 2017 features analysis of China’s defence policies, military capabilities and defence economics, displaying key forces by role, equipment inventories and defence economics.

The Military Balance is The International Institute for Strategic Studies’ annual assessment of the military capabilities and defence economics of 171 countries worldwide. It is an essential resource for those involved in security policymaking, analysis and research. The Military Balance 2017, released on 14 February 2017, is now available to order.

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The Military Balance is the authoritative assessment of the military capabilities and defence economics of 171 countries.