Author: Martin Su
Date: 06-06-12 11:51
210 B.C. (2,200 years ago): China invents chrome-plating technology during Qin Dynasty under emperor Qin Shihuang.
1964: China detonated a 22-kiloton atomic bomb during the Mao Zedong administration.
1967: China detonated a 3.3-megaton thermonuclear bomb that was designed with abacus calculations.
1971: China launched its first DF-5 ICBM.
1984: China built its first cryogenic YF-73 rocket engine.
1995: China test-detonates kiloton Neutron Bomb
1998: Chinese J-10 Vigorous Dragon had its first flight. Officially unveiled in 2007.
2000: Chinese JSTARS Tu-154M/D Electronic Intelligence Aircraft in service (e.g. Careless B-4138).
2001: Chinese Type 99 Main Battle Tank in service.
2002: China's Type 093 Shang-class nuclear attack submarine (SSN) is launched.
2003: China sends its first taikonaut Yang Liwei into space.
2003: China's KJ-2000 AWACS with domestic AESA radar has its first flight.
2005: China's Type 052C Lanzhou-class AESA-equipped destroyer entered service.
2006: China's WS-10A turbofan engine certified for production.
2007: China clones world's first rabbit.
2007: Chinese direct-ascent ASAT shoots down orbiting satellite.
2007: Chinese DF-31A MIRVed ICBM in service.
2008: China conducts its first spacewalk with taikonaut Zhai Zhigang.
2009: Chinese H-6K "God of War" bomber in service.
2010: China builds world's-fastest supercomputer Tianhe-1A.
2010: Chinese GBI (i.e. ground based interceptor) shoots down a ballistic missile during mid-course phase.
2010: Chinese WZ-10 Attack Helicopter in service.
2010: Chinese Type 094 Jin-class nuclear missile ballistic submarine (SSBN) in service.
2011: China unveiled the J-20 Mighty Dragon stealth superfighter.
[Note: I will update this list as new weapon systems enter service. For example, China's Type 095 nuclear attack submarine is expected to enter service in 2015. Also, China's DF-41 10-MIRVed ICBM may have already entered service. However, we are waiting for an official unveiling.]