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  • UK's New Aircraft Carriers Rekindle Some Naval Pride

    07/11/2018 7:00:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    AIN online ^ | - July 11, 2018 | Chris Pocock
    Britain’s F-35B stealth fighters are set to achieve initial operating capability at the end of this year. But that is only from land bases, with nine aircraft. It will be another two years before No. 617 Squadron can fly operationally from the first of the country’s two new QEII-class aircraft carriers. HMS Queen Elizabeth is due to set sail from Portsmouth naval base in the fall for the eastern seaboard of the U.S. There, two American F-35Bs flown by British test pilots will embark for the first time. They will do at-sea takeoffs from the carrier’s ski-jump for the first...
  • South Korea Just Launched Its New 'Aircraft Carrier in Disguise'

    05/21/2018 6:00:31 AM PDT · by BBell · 37 replies ^ | 5/18/18 | Zachary Keck
    South Korea has launched its second amphibious assault ship. On May 14, South Korean officials launched the second Dokdo-class helicopter carrier. The ceremony took place in Busan at the shipyard of Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction, the company that built the vessel. Among those in attendance were Defense Minister Song Young-moo and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Um Hyun-seong, according to local news outlets. Construction of the second Dokdo-class amphibious assault ship, named Marado, began in 2016. The ship will be the second largest ship in the Republic of Korea’s Navy, after the first Dokdo-class ship. Displacing 14,500 tons, the...
  • Transport helicopter takes off from China’s new aircraft carrier as sea trial nears

    05/06/2018 3:40:36 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 05/05/2018 | Teddy Ng
    An advanced transport helicopter took off from China’s first home-grown aircraft carrier on Saturday, mainland media reported, another sign that it is being prepared for sea trials. The Changhe Z-18 helicopter took off from the warship in Dalian, Liaoning province then returned and landed five minutes later, state-run Global Times reported. Photographs of the chopper in action have been circulated on Chinese social media. The report came after the Liaoning Maritime Safety Administration announced that the Bohai Strait and an area north of the Yellow Sea would be cordoned off from Friday until May 11 because of military activities. The...
  • ANALYSIS: Asia's aircraft carrier renaissance

    05/03/2018 8:49:47 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    November will mark the sixth anniversary of China's first fixed-wing flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier Liaoning. Conducted with Shenyang J-15s – a clone of the Sukhoi Su-33 – the development was greeted with much pride in China. The start of flight operations followed the launch of the Liaoning in 2011, after its transformation from an old Soviet Kuznetsov-class hulk, the Varyag. Although the effort involved both an aircraft type and a vessel from the Cold War era, it marked a renaissance in regional aircraft carrier development. Beijing has gone on to develop a sister ship to the Liaoning. This...
  • ANALYSIS: UK gets ready to rejoin aircraft carrier elite

    05/01/2018 1:50:00 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    FLIGHTGLOBAL.COM ^ | april 30, 2018
    Back in November 2010, then-Lt Cdr James Blackmore became the last pilot of a BAE Systems Harrier to launch from the flightdeck of the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal, bringing to an end three decades of shipborne short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) operations from the service's three Invincible-class carriers. In a circuitous arc, now Cdr Blackmore will in five months oversee the re-birth of fixed-wing aviation in the RN, as HMS Queen Elizabeth – the first of its two new 65,000t aircraft carriers – begins first of class flying trials (FOCFT) with STOVL aircraft of an altogether...
  • Aircraft Carrier USS Lexington, Sunk During WWII, Found In Coral Sea

    03/06/2018 8:28:24 AM PST · by C19fan · 50 replies
    Internatonal Business Times ^ | March 6, 2018 | Suman Varandani
    The wreckage of a United States aircraft carrier, named USS Lexington that was sunk by the Japanese during World War II, was found on the floor of the Coral Sea more than 500 miles off the eastern coast of Australia. The carrier was discovered by a team of explorers led by billionaire Paul Allen, the U.S. Navy confirmed Monday. The ship, which was part of the Battle of the Coral Sea from May 4-8, 1942, was found in a remarkably well-preserved condition. Microsoft co-founder Allen released a statement Monday along with photos and a video of the carrier. ​
  • U.S. Aircraft Carrier Flexes Muscle Deep In South China Sea In Defiance Of China

    03/01/2018 2:13:13 PM PST · by blam · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2-1-2018 | Edwin Mora
    The USS Carl Vinson, a massive nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, reportedly sailed deep in the South China Sea amid U.S.-China tensions over Beijing’s territorial disputes with several American allies in the region. “It shows resolve, and gives decision space to our leaders,” said U.S. Navy Capt. Doug Verissimo, the ship’s commanding officer, referring to the presence of the warship on the South China Sea, the Australian Broadcasting Network (ABC) reported. The captain noted: When they put a carrier strike group somewhere it helps to show that the United States is interested. We don’t have a lot of these, so when you...
  • Officials Admit Japan's 'Helicopter Destroyers' Were Also Designed For Jets

    02/28/2018 7:57:28 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Drive ^ | FEBRUARY 27, 2018 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    Japanese Ministry of Defense executives have outright admitted that despite the Japanese government's past denials that the Izumo class "helicopter destroyers" were not designed to accommodate fixed-wing short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) tactical jets, they actually were designed with exactly that in mind. The Asahi Shimbun quoted Maritime Self Defense Force sources stating the following: “It is only reasonable to design (the Izumo) with the prospect of possible changes of the circumstances in the decades ahead... We viewed that whether the Izumo should be actually refitted could be decided by the government.” When the Izumo first entered service, the...
  • Why America’s stealth jet forces should fear China’s new unarmed eye in the sky

    01/24/2018 8:52:09 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 36 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 24 January, 2018 | Kristin Huang
    China is developing a surveillance plane designed to be launched from the country’s newest aircraft carrier and fitted with a radar system to spot enemy stealth jets, military observers say. State media confirmed for the first time on Monday that China was building its first carrier-borne early-warning plane called the KJ-600. The announcement comes as the United States has deployed F-35 stealth jets to bases in Japan and other parts of the Asia-Pacific over the last year, challenging China’s air defences in the region. Chinese military observers said the KJ-600 would be fitted with an advanced active electronically scanned array,...
  • China has started building its third aircraft carrier, military sources say

    01/05/2018 8:44:22 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 04 January, 2018 | Minnie Chan
    China started building its third aircraft carrier, with a hi-tech launch system, at a Shanghai shipyard last year, according to sources close to the People’s Liberation Army. One of the sources said Shanghai Jiangnan Shipyard Group was given the go-ahead to begin work on the vessel after military leaders met in Beijing following the annual sessions of China’s legislature and top political advisory body in March. “But the shipyard is still working on the carrier’s hull, which is expected to take about two years,” the source said. “Building the new carrier will be more complicated and challenging than the other...
  • Queen Elizabeth Class Carriers Have Woefully Inadequate Close-In Air Defense Capabilities

    12/24/2017 8:27:26 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    The Drive ^ | December 22, 2017 | Tyler Rogoway
    Andrew Matthews—PA Wire/PA Images There are an endless number of opinions regarding the relevancy, operational feasibility, and overall opportunity cost of the UK's two new Queen Elizabeth class supercarriers, and the ship's capabilities are always part of this debate as well. But one thing seems glaringly clear—these massive vessels are woefully lacking when it comes to their ability to defend themselves from an anti-ship missile barrage. These mighty ships displace 70,000 tons, will deploy with over 1,500 souls onboard, and will carry dozens of aircraft that collectively cost billions of dollars, yet they are only equipped with three Mk15 Phalanx...
  • Breakthrough to power most advanced jet launch system on China’s second home-grown aircraft carrier

    11/02/2017 3:25:58 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Wednesday, 01 November, 2017 | Minnie Chan
    A technological breakthrough in naval propulsion will enable China’s second home-grown aircraft carrier to use the world’s most advanced jet launch system without having to resort to nuclear power, overcoming a huge hurdle in the vessel’s development, military sources said. The development of the integrated propulsion system (IPS) would allow the vessel to be more efficient, allowing more power for an electromagnetic catapult, rather than a less technologically advanced steam-driven catapult launch system, the sources said. China’s first two carriers, the Liaoning and its sister ship, the Type 001A, are conventionally powered vessels equipped with Soviet-designed ski-jump launch systems. But...
  • What will the Navy's future aircraft carriers look like? They could be much smaller.

    10/23/2017 10:58:53 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 52 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | October 22, 2017 | Brock Vergakis
    NORFOLK Congress told the Navy to develop concepts for less expensive aircraft carriers than those being built at Newport News Shipbuilding after the USS Gerald R. Ford, which was commissioned in July as the first of a new class of warships, suffered repeated cost overruns and delays. The federally funded Rand Corp. came up with four alternatives , released this week in an unclassified report. Two designs call for nuclear-powered carriers, while two call for much smaller, conventionally powered ships that could only launch aircraft capable of taking off and landing vertically. The Navy sent copies of Rand’s report to...
  • Modernization Funds Slashed For Russia's Notoriously Rickety Aircraft Carrier

    10/11/2017 6:45:24 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Drive ^ | OCTOBER 10, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    Russia's sole fixed-wing aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, returned from Syria late last winter to finally begin a long and supposedly deep refit and modernization that would allow it to serve for years to come. The carrier's overhaul, which had been put off time and time again over the last decade, is said to cost over $800M, and will take nearly half a decade to accomplish. But just as we at The War Zone had concerns about, it seems that Moscow is now significantly reducing the scope of work for the refit due to fiscal considerations, with only about half...
  • China's making major progress with its aircraft carrier tech

    08/20/2017 6:59:42 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    POPULAR SCIENCE ^ | August 16, 2017 | Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
    TYPE 002 CARRIER This fan-made computer-generated image of the Type 002 by artist Nishikasaizoukan shows the craft's key features like catapults, J-15B fighters, and fixed-wing airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft. Xigexi Though China launched its much-ballyhooed Type 001A aircraft carrier just a few months ago, the People's Liberation Army Navy is hardly resting on its laurels, instead making steady progress on technology for its second home-built carrier, the Type 002. The Type 002 carrier, development for which is slated to wrap in 2020 or 2021, will be a 70,000-ton aircraft carrier with catapults designed to launch heavier aircraft....
  • Russia's Super Strange Kiev-Class Aircraft Carriers: Submarine and Carrier-Killer?

    08/18/2017 8:25:49 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The National Interest ^ | AUGUST 18, 2017 | Kyle Mizokami
    At the tail end of the Cold War, the Soviet Union produced a number of unique aircraft carriers. Known as the Kiev class, the carriers were the Soviets’ initial foray into the world of fixed wing naval aviation, and the only Soviet carriers to become fully operational. The story of the Kiev carriers is also the story of a land power forging a path to become a naval power, seeking to realize a fleet that could challenge the mighty U.S. Navy. The Kiev-class aircraft carriers had their origins in the tenure of Admiral Sergei Gorshkov. Appointed by Nikita Khrushchev to...
  • Our fighting flagships: How 65,000 tonne, 919ft-long HMS Queen Elizabeth dwarfs other warships..

    08/16/2017 7:18:52 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | 17 August 2017 | Joseph Curtis and Anthony Joseph for MailOnline and Tom Kelly for the Daily Mail
    She is the £3billion behemoth charged with leading the Royal Navy into the future - and she dwarfs all those who have done the job before her. Much is expected of the 65,000 tonne, 920ft-long HMS Queen Elizabeth when she eventually enters service as Britain's flagship aircraft carrier in 2020. And she arrived at her new home of Portsmouth today to much fanfare as thousands came out to give her a proper British welcome. Known as 'Big Lizzie', she is the biggest and most powerful ship ever built by Britain and is far superior to previous leading naval vessels. The...
  • Senators Are Finally Funding A Design Study For A New Light Aircraft Carrier

    06/30/2017 9:21:41 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    The Drive ^ | JUNE 30, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    The Senate Armed Services Committee's version of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) includes a sizable downstroke in what could turn into a program to finally build a smaller and less expensive aircraft carrier complement to America's increasingly expensive supercarriers. The provision includes $30M to come up with preliminary designs and cost options for such a ship, which then can be used to quantify the concept and how it would fit into the Navy's overall strategy. The newest supercarrier design, the Ford class, cost upwards of $12B per ship. Meanwhile the Trump Administration has mandated a 12 supercarrier force....
  • Cyber attack fears against Britain's newest warship ... (still using Windows XP)

    06/26/2017 8:09:40 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 27 June 2017 | Larisa Brown
    Fears were raised last night that Britain's new aircraft carrier could be vulnerable to a cyber-attack after it emerged the ship was still using the outdated computer software used by the NHS. Navy chiefs boasted the defence system on the UK's biggest ever warship, the HMS Queen Elizabeth, will be NASA standard - rather than like the NHS system that was hacked into several months ago. But computers in the flying control room on the £3.1billion state-of-the-art carrier showed the system was still running on Windows XP. The vast majority of NHS computers hit by a global cyber-attack in May...
  • US Deploys Third Aircraft Carrier Toward North Korea

    05/27/2017 3:38:32 PM PDT · by blam · 35 replies
    It's Not The Tea ^ | 5-27-2017 | Patriot News
    One month ago, when we first discussed that in addition to the CVN-70 Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group, the US was deploying two more carriers toward the Korean peninsula, some took the Yonhap-sourced report skeptically: after all, what’s the incremental symbolic impact of having three, or even two aircraft carriers next to North Korea when just one would more than suffice. Then, two weeks ago, the report was proven half right when US officials announced that in addition to the first US carrier already on location, the US Navy is moving the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier to the Korean...