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Posted on 09/12/2011 8:17:26 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
China 'to Build Bigger Aircraft Carrier'
China has just refurbished an old Soviet aircraft carrier and is now expected to build a bigger one on its own that can house large surveillance planes. The Hong Kong-based Mingpao newspaper on Thursday cited the U.S. military website Strategy Page as saying China will build an aircraft carrier even larger than the Varyag that can carry a 21-ton early warning aircraft.
The website said China is also speeding up development of naval fighter jets, including homegrown early warning aircraft. A key example of this drive was the KJ-200 early warning aircraft, which is based on the 54-ton Y-8 cargo plane.
Strategy Page also said China has mounted an early warning radar on a Y-7 cargo plane, which is smaller than the Y-8, and is using it for aerial reconnaissance too.
The Y-7 weighs 21 tons and is similar to the U.S. Navy's E-2 Hawkeye and can be loaded on a carrier, according to Strategy Page.
Chinese military analyst Liu Jiangping dismissed the report. "It would be impossible for China to build a large aircraft carrier immediately after its first one just began trial voyages," he said. "This is just speculation that lacks credibility."
But Jiang Feng of the China Institute for International Strategic Studies said, "The objective of China's Navy in building an aircraft carrier is to bolster its aerial combat capabilities in the ocean that is crucial in protecting naval fleets. It is an inevitable trend to bolster maritime air combat capabilities and boost the capacity for three-dimensional strategies."
China is developing the ability to project power, but telling the world, "We just want to sell you stuff".
Why would they need experience? They’ll just copy our designs or perhaps what the Brits used to have.
Nothing, but NOTHING, can substitute for operational experience. If the ChiComs want to sell stuff, they should sell YouTube videos of their first attempts at fixed-wing carrier ops. It will make the Three Stooges look like like brain surgeons.
They could always borrow footage from the Top Gun movie like they did before.
“It is the layout of island, hangers and flight deck that require experience.”
As well as the Catapult and arrestors
Carriers are not alone when they sail, the ChiComs forget that.
They still have to crew the ship ... which with their Command and Control structure ... they will have problems
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The Chicoms are going to need at least a decade to get into the specialized world of carrier aviation, and even then they'll still be learning. The Russians have discovered exactly the same thing operating their ADMIRAL KUZNETSOV carrier (similar to SHI LANG).
Re: The Chicoms are going to need at least a decade to get into the specialized world of carrier aviation, and even then they’ll still be learning. The Russians have discovered exactly the same thing operating their ADMIRAL KUZNETSOV carrier (similar to SHI LANG).
You know... :) When I was still a virgin and not yet the slightest idea how exactly things work :), the older folks kidded with me. It goes as follow:
One source says stick to the left cos on the right are dangerous canine-like apparatuses...
Another source says No! No!, keep to the right because the left is very very toxic and posts a life or death situation...
further still, some says [don’t go beyond the point of no return] because that’s how people catches transmitible diseases...
Well... That scared the sh*ts out of me until, of course, the call of nature (need and necessity) strikes and the hell with the warnings issued — it’s all or nothing!
I mean seriously, if it requires for an inflatable from Japan to show us how the job is done, life would be a drag, wouldn’t you guys agree :)???
By the way, Shi-Lang is only speculative... There is still no official designation of the boat just yet... Rumors abound, I’m favoring the image of peace that the name “Beijing” gives...
Takeoff: Taxi to cat, engage launch bar and tension, cat crew dials-in takeoff weight of your bird for the cat to launch you, jet blast deflector up, go to zone 5 on the afterburners, and salute. BANG! Zero to 150 mph in two seconds flat. The guy driving has absolutely no control once the cat fires until he's airborne two seconds later. He takes it on faith the cat will work and he'll get up to flying speed. Otherwise he's in the ocean.
Landing: Returning birds are put in “marshal” (the order of landing). At three miles out (or so), the aviator calls “the ball” of the carrier's approach and landing system. The landing signal officer tells the pilot corrections for whether he's high or low or offset from the center-line. As soon as the wheels touch, the jet's throttles are rammed forward so that IF the tail hook doesn't engage one of the four arrester wires, the pilot has enough speed to do around and try again.
Night carrier landings are the scariest evolution a carrier aviator does and you really earn your flight pay when the ship goes “tactical” and the seas and weather have deteriorated to minimums. Night carrier landings produce more fright and tension than do combat missions (this was monitored and confirmed by Navy flight surgeons).
Now, imagine yourself landing a $40 million, 30-ton jet at 180 knots, in an area 80 feet wide by 200 feet long in pitch black conditions when the deck is moving up and down 30 feet and moving away from you at 30 knots.
If you manage a successful “trap” on the first pass, well done! However, if you keep missing (a “bolter”) and have to go around several times, you may run low on fuel. Then it's go up and refuel from the tanker (if he's airborne). If these are blue water ops and there aren't any divert fields and no tankers, you either have to get back aboard or ditch a very expensive jet. Losing one’s airplane is frowned upon in your annual officer's fitness report.
The Russian Naval Aviators from ADMIRAL KUZNETSOV have experienced such things (except for the cat launches). The fledgling Chinese Naval Aviators will be doing their version of carrier qualifications soon. It will not be easy and there will be a steep (sometimes fatal) learning curve.
***Re: Carrier operations are a very difficult job for any pilot (or as the USN/USMC types prefer, Naval Aviator)***
Yeah, it’s such a difficult technique I just can’t see how anyone else in this world others than us westerners can muster the technique...
***Re: Let’s look at a typical takeoff/landing cycle***
Hehe... That sounds exactly like these guys who told me how to do it — the right way :)...
***Re: Takeoff: Taxi to cat, engage launch bar and tension, cat crew dials-in takeoff weight of your bird, etc...***
Wow! That warning should scare the livin’ daylights out of anyone who as much as consider trying out the trick and, of course, life’s most “exotic” of experiences :)...
***Re: Now, imagine yourself landing a $40 million, 30-ton jet at 180 knots, in an area 80 feet wide by 200 feet long in pitch black***
Well... I don’t know how “quicky de’gonzalas” Eliot Spitzer is at it but — he did it, didn’t he :)??? I’m sure his F-18 is equally as tantalizing and expensive... I’m also sure he lands on it with ease and — :) in pitch black as well no problemo on his King sized deck :)...
Hey! No hard feelin’s... just a little kiddin’round to make a day more bearable...
On average, for EVERY deployment a carrier makes (6 to 9 months) there are 10 to 12 people who are killed and never come home. Most are pilots and aircrew, but some are flight deck personnel. Yeah, I know, it's only 10 to 12 of the 5,000 people aboard, so who cares?
All the flight or hazardous duty pay in the world won't buy back a human life. Think about that.
In the end, the Chinese will catch up rapidly because of several factors: (1) they possess the material resources to pursue their objectives, (2) they are willing to devote those resources to the pursuit of these ends and (3) they have no compunction about risking large numbers of casualties to achieve national goals. They will catch up in the same way that a technologically-backward Japan managed to field the second most powerful naval aviation force in the world at the onset of WWII, by throwing men and money at the project.
However, numbers do not equal experience. Carrier aviation has a very steep learning curve. Lots of people making mistakes and dying before they learn how to fly and land off a pitching carrier deck does not help matters.
Now, can the PLAN aviators do it? Yes. However, if the Chinese want to come out and play war in their J-15s, you're going to see a lot of smoking holes in the ocean. Also, a spread of Mk 48 torpedoes from an SSN will ruin the PLAN carrier's day.
Is that because they can't make good drones?
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