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To: sukhoi-30mki
After the sea trials are finished, it will also need at least eight years to test its radar and weapons systems such as the J-15, early warning planes and others on board

So...for about a decade, it's just an enourmous barge. How unimpressive.

3 posted on 04/07/2011 6:53:49 AM PDT by edpc (Tagline under construction: Your American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars at work.)
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To: edpc

I think it takes the USA about 6 years, start-to-finish, to create one of our latest Nimitz Class carriers.


6 posted on 04/07/2011 7:05:17 AM PDT by Rudder (The Main Stream Media is Our Enemy---get used to it.)
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To: edpc
So...for about a decade, it's just an enourmous barge. How unimpressive.

The Varyag is the ChiCom's Langley (CV-1, not the later CVL). Espionage only gets you so far with the operations of something as complex as a carrier ... they'll need to learn, and assimilate, a lot of knowledge by actually going out and doing (or failing).

The ChiComs aren't really looking to outright challenge the US for control of the West Asia sealanes in the near/mid future. They're certainly looking to give the US pause in attempting to exercise it's control to the fullest (they can inflict unacceptable losses on us faster than we can on them), but perhaps more importantly they're looking at their initial carrier capability to provide a better check on the aspirations of India*, while making Taiwan and some of the other lesser powers in the region nervous.

(* India will get the refitted Kiev-class Gorshkov at about the same time. The Gorshkov has been rebuilt, at great cost, into a smaller "cousin" of the Kuznetsov/Varyag design flying MiG-29Ks. India does have more recent experience with taking fixed wing airpower to sea, but in a limited capacity with Hermes and a dwindling supply of older-model Sea Harriers)
92 posted on 04/10/2011 12:50:17 PM PDT by tanknetter
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