Skip to comments.China intent on aircraft carrier goal
Posted on 05/28/2007 1:33:37 PM PDT by Flavius
ONOLULU -- The new commander of U.S. military forces in the Pacific and Asia says he found Chinese military leaders intensely interested in acquiring aircraft carriers during a recent visit to that country. Adm. Timothy J. Keating added in an interview that he had warned the Chinese about the huge challenges involved in building and manning an aircraft carrier. "I suggested let's not be naive about the complexity of those ships, and they are not cheap," he said.
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Test flights have been promising......
If the Chinese military declares openly interest in aircraft carrier, this is an old Oriental trick. All ways pay attention to what they don’t say versus what they do say. Pay attention to the Chinese submarine developments more than aircraft carriers. Today US surveillance can detect anything on the surface except when under jungle cover or underwater.
Submarines, DDGs, etc., aren’t necessarily excluded by the drive toward a carrier fleet.
well i just thought they will
just copy all those systems cheapen them up
then let em rip by thousands
Number 1 son say submalines be useful for locating sunken callier. That is why we must have one ship flom column A and 2 flom column B.
I wouldn’t trust the ChiComms any farther than I could Throw one of their DF-31 ICBM’s.
Much like the old Soviet Union, there is a surprising amount of open debate in military journals that are publicly avaliable.
The reality is the carrier thing is controversial within the PLAN and there are obviously arguing factions.
Your input is required.
I wouldn’t joke too loudly. The Japanese were laughed at in 1938, but built a great fleet that came within inches of defeating us. The Chinese are equally inventive, adaptive, and resolved to overtake us in carriers. I believe that they will within the next decade. I hope that our military can rise up to the challenges.
It’s our money they are doing this with.
We need to buy our trinkets from another, less hostile country.
Why doesn't ghe just dummy up and let the Chinese go ahead and build as many as they wish?Using the Soviet carrier they bought as a model, well, they will spend a lot of money to no viable purpose.
"This would be a profoundly difficult venture if the Chinese choose to undertake it," he said.
Well, my input to the admiral is simply this...I believe from the following that we can see that they are already well on their way.
“Arr hands to the fright deck.”
Real Aircraft Carriers have four steam catapults, and a FLAT deck...
I'd saw refitting a Russki carrier and purchasing the carrier-capable version of the Sukhoi Su-30 Flanker calls for some attention.
IMHO China will activate a carrier for the purpose of training a cadre in carrier operations. I think the Varyag represents this first opportunity, but to build a fleet of carriers to challenge the US in the Far East will require alot of resources and finances. China made one major note on the Cold War, do not challenge the US directly unless necessary, because the US will build you into the ground. China’s GDP is only $ 2 trillion while the US is $ 12 trillion. Until China has an economy atleast one half of the US or greater can China build and operate a carrier navy. Britain and France GDP is about $ 3 to 4 trillion and they barely can afford to maintain a carrier fleet. IMHO China will develop a powerful sub fleet before she will concentrate on a full fledge carrier force. Her potential adversaries are Japan and Taiwan, both island nations that are vulnerable to submarine and minewarfare. A surface fleet will have a harder time getting thru these island barriers in an event of war involving US intervention. Subs on the other hand are harder to detect. IMHO keep an eye on the Chinese sub and missile developments.
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China is closer to $3 trillion.
Until China has an economy atleast one half of the US or greater can China build and operate a carrier navy.
More accurately, until China is fully integrated into the world economy. They have other priorities right now. By the time they are fully integrated into the world economy, their GDP may actually be roughly equal to or slightly greater than the US.
Britain and France GDP is about $ 3 to 4 trillion and they barely can afford to maintain a carrier fleet.
More like under $3 trillion each. China's economy is ranked at 4th largest in the world (after the US, Japan and Germany). So, they are ahead of France and Great Britain. And when purchasing power parity is used, they have long been 2nd in the world.
Which we are paying for.
A lot of time and money has been put into the Varyag, and all of it in a secure NAval shipyard.
The ChiComs are apparantly going to launch the Varyag in maybe 6-8 years. Half that time if Hillary gets back into power and the Clintons start selling our national security secrets to the Chinese military again.