The Chinese military industry produces its equipment “6 times faster and 20 times cheaper” than the United States

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In 2021, the Chinese naval forces admitted to service 5 Type 052D/DL destroyers and 3 Type 055 cruisers , while the US Navy, for its part, will not have admitted to service any new Arleigh Burke destroyers. According to current planning, the situation will be comparable in the coming years, although in 2022, 2 Arleigh Burke destroyers, the USS Franck E. Pertensen Jr and the USS John Basilone were admitted to service.

In total, over the last 3 years (2019-2021), the Chinese military industry will have delivered 11 Type 052D/DL destroyers and 4 Type 055 cruisers to the Chinese Navy, for only three new destroyers within the US Navy. This situation is far from being anecdotal in the arms race that Beijing and Washington have been engaged in for several years now, with the objective of controlling the Western Pacific and the Indian Ocean, including in the area of ​​air forces.

Thus, while speaking on the occasion of the Government Contracting Pricing Summit, the assistant to the undersecretary of the Air Force in charge of acquisitions, Major General Cameron Holt, estimated that China produced its equipment of defense 5 to 6 times faster than the United States does . He added that today, Beijing could only invest $1 where Washington had to invest, for its part, $20 to obtain a similar operational capacity.

In conclusion, General Holt, who was retiring a few days later and in fact had a certain freedom of expression, invited his listeners to question the consequences, but also the origins of such imbalances for the years to come.

General Holt's intervention Government Contracting Pricing Summit raises more than relevant questions

The price gap between American military equipment is not, in itself, exceptional news. Thus, a J-10C combat aircraft is offered on the export market at a unit price 2.5 times more attractive than an F-16 Block 70, and a Type 054A frigate is offered for half the price of a frigate. European of the same tonnage, like the FDI.

However, until recently, the performance and reliability of Chinese military equipment were known to be significantly lower than those of their American or Western counterparts, with lower lifespan, scalability and operational performance. These certainties are now being called into question, both in the air and naval fields and even regarding land weapons, while at the same time, new American programs continue to see their costs increase.

Thus, the new light tank which will equip the US Army, the MFP from General Dynamics Land System, will have a unit price of around $12 million, equivalent to that of a heavy tank like the Leclerc or the Leopard 2, where its Chinese counterpart, the Type 15 dela in service, was acquired in its export version for less than $2 million per unit by Bangladesh, this including ammunition and spare parts.

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