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Chinese Aircraft Carriers: Updates & Discussions

Discussion in 'China & Asia Pacific' started by Hembo, Jun 8, 2011.

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    The latest picture shows that 001A aircraft carrier has recently completed the paint work of the hull, and will be officially launched on April 23 , 2017.

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    In March 2017, according to the J-15 carrier-based fighter chief designer Sun Cong received an interview with the media, it speculated that the J-15 carrier-based fighter will be upgraded into one model or more, . The advanced computer system, the joint helmet display system, the active phased array (AESA) radar, the advanced network and the sensor fusion system will be the focus of the J-15 upgrading project.
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    Any hints on stealth fighter?
     
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    Made-in-China aircraft carrier is readied for launch

    As PLA Navy marks 68th anniversary of its founding, preparations are made to send off the still-unnamed sister ship to the Ukraine-built Liaoning


    PUBLISHED : Sunday, 23 April, 2017, 11:55pm
    UPDATED : Monday, 24 April, 2017, 8:50am




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    China was making final preparations to launch its first domestically built aircraft carrier as itmarked the 68th anniversary of the founding of the PLA Navy on Sunday.

    The scaffolding around the ship, temporarily named the Type 001A, was removed and the deck was cleared, Shanghai-based news portal thepaper.cn reported, suggesting that the launch date was getting close.

    However, experts said tidal conditions yesterday were not conducive for a launch to mark the navy’s birthday, and expected a ceremony to take place in the next few days.

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    Enthusiasts flocked to the pier in Dalian, Liaoning province and pictures online showed naval officers having rehearsals for the launch ceremony.

    The new carrier, with a displacement of 70,000 tonnes, is 315 metres long, 75 metres wide and has a cruising speed of 31 knots.

    It is slightly larger than the Liaoning, China’s first aircraft carrier, which was refurbished from the semi-completed Soviet carrier Varyag, which Beijing bought from a Ukrainian shipyard in 1998.

    From the successful refitting of the Liaoning in 2011 and its commission a year later, China spent just five years to produce the 001A. Even though its layout is almost the same, the new carrier features the latest equipment, including a bigger hangar to carry more J-15 fighters and more space on deck for helicopters and other aircraft.

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    Commentaries published by party mouthpiece People’s Daily on the PLA Navy anniversary yesterday said a strong maritime force was crucial.

    “Facing the increasingly complicated maritime security and sovereignty struggle, a strong navy is necessary to protect national sovereignty and maritime rights, overseas interests and take part in international cooperation,” one of the opinion pieces said.

    Another commentary said the nation’s aircraft carrier fleet had participated in training in the western Pacific last year, and that the launch of a new carrier was a sign that China was mastering naval technology.

    But military observers said the launch of the new carrier represented only modest progress in China’s military modernisation, given the technological gap between the PLA Navy and its most powerful rival in the Asia-Pacific region, the US Navy.


    The Pentagon claimed it would shift 60 per cent of US naval assets to the Asia-Pacific region by 2020 under the so-called pivot to Asia under the administration of former US president Barack Obama. His successor, Donald Trump, so far has not repudiated that strategy, and has even proposed a 10 per cent increase in defence spending this year, with a long-term goal of adding 60,000 troops to the army and expanding the US Navy to 350 ships from 272 today.

    Hong Kong-based military analyst Liang Guoliang said that with the launch of the Type 001A, China would still only have two carriers, with the new ship requiring two or three years before it was put into full service. He noted that the US has 10 carrier strike groups, with at least four deployed in the Asia-Pacific region.


    “The US navy has 9.5 million tonnes of shipping, while China has just 400,000 tonnes, or 4 per cent of the US capability. The US also has different kinds of carrier-based fighters, including its advanced carrier variants of the F-35 fighter ... while China just has the J-15,” Liang said.

    “Meanwhile, the US has more than 200,000 marines, while China is just trying to expand its force to 100,000.

    “I think the Chinese military should realise that there are still huge gaps in both hardware and software between the two countries’ maritime capabilities.”


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    The launch ceremony is being prepared according to the below photo.



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    It is launched.
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    China launches its first homegrown aircraft carrier
    By Steven Jiang and Ben Westcott, CNN
    Updated 2:05 AM EDT, Wed April 26, 2017
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    • Vessel isn't expected to go into service until 2020
    • China existing aircraft carrier was bought from Ukraine and refitted
    (CNN)The first aircraft carrier designed and built in China was launched Wednesday amid streamers and champagne.

    The as-yet unnamed vessel is China's second aircraft carrier. Early on Wednesday morning it was towed from Dalian Shipyard, Liaoning, to a nearby wharf, China's Ministry of National Defense said.

    China first announced the construction of its new carrier in late December 2015. State media said it would be "independently designed in China."


    News of the launch comes as tensions mount over North Korea, China's unruly neighbor and ally. However, the carrier isn't expected to enter active service until 2020.

    A ship is launched when it is first put into the water -- but the carrier still requires considerable work to complete it. Once operational, the new carrier will likely be officially commissioned in a separate ceremony.

    Construction began in November 2013, and just over three years later the main hull has been completed, as well as a number of the vessel's primary systems, including power supply.

    "Next, the aircraft carrier will debug its system devices and conduct fitting-out as planned, and start mooring tests," China's military said in a statement.



    Analyst: China wants 'blue-water' capacity


    China's first carrier, the Liaoning, was bought from the Ukraine in 1998. After years of refurbishing and outfitting, it was finally put into service in 2012.

    China has the second largest military budget in the world, estimated at $148 billion after a 7% spending increase announced early in 2017.

    Analysts inside the country have previously said China needs at least five to six aircraft carriers. The United States currently has 10 aircraft carriers in service, with another about to be commissioned.

    The Chinese government's military build-up has unsettled its neighbors and Washington, particularly as Beijing has taken a more robust stance in territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

    According to Yvonne Chiu, an assistant professor at the University of Hong Kong, China's navy is trying to enhance its ability to operate globally across open oceans.


    "China seeks to become a major world power, and one of the hallmarks of such a status is blue-water capability and the ability to project military might globally," Chiu wrote for CNN in March.

    The launch of the new carrier was celebrated with an early-morning ceremony, where the national anthem was played before a bottle of champagne was broken over the vessel's hull.

    The ceremony was attended by Gen. Fan Changlong, vice chairman of the Central Military Commission, who gave a speech.

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