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  • China’s J-15 No Game Changer

    06/23/2011 9:56:53 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    China Sign Post ^ | June 23, 2011 | Gabe Collins & Andrew Erickson
    China’s J-15 No Game Changer June 23, 2011By Gabe Collins & Andrew Erickson The Chinese military's J-15 Flying Shark fighter is no great leap forward. Still, it suggests blue-water ambitions. Following is a guest entry from Gabe Collins and Andrew Erickson, co-founders of China Sign Post. Gen. Chen Bingde, Chief of Staff of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), has reportedly said that, for the first time, a Chinese ‘aircraft carrier is under construction.’ China is also already preparing the refitted ski-jump carrier Varyag, purchased from Ukraine in 1998, to go to sea. Given these developments, it seems a good time...
  • Nitin Pai: General Liu can close his eyelids

    06/12/2011 9:04:12 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Business Standard ^ | June 13, 2011 | Nitin Pai
    Nitin Pai: General Liu can close his eyelids If aircraft carriers are a platform for a country to project hard power far beyond its shores, submarines are an effective way to deny them space Nitin Pai / New Delhi June 13, 2011, 0:42 IST China’s new aircraft carrier should surprise only those who were not looking — it has been China’s largest open secret for several years now. It has – thanks to Google Earth –, that the partially-completed Soviet-era vessel that China’s Chong Lot Travel Agency bought for $20 million in the late-1990s, complete with designs, was not really...
  • Asia's new carriers pick up steam

    06/09/2011 6:08:51 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Flight Global ^ | June 9, 2011 | Greg Waldron
    Asia's new carriers pick up steam By Greg Waldron on June 9, 2011 6:09 PM Two big news items today, one about China's new aircraft carrier, the other about India's. China, more or less, confirmed its carrier programme. Although the former USSR carrier Varyag is clearly visible in Dalian - apparently a great view is available from the bedroom section of Ikea - the country has never officially acknowledged the ship, though it has been crawling with workers for years. What's more, the ship has a new phased array radar and bristles with other antennas. The Chinese language Hong Kong...
  • Aircraft carrier symbol of China's naval ambitions

    06/09/2011 6:05:23 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 42 replies
    BBC News ^ | 8 June 2011 | Damian Grammaticas
    Aircraft carrier symbol of China's naval ambitions By Damian Grammaticas BBC News, Dalian It is the most visible symbol of China's rising military power. The giant, grey hulk of China's newest warship, 60,000 tonnes of steel, sits at a dockside in the port of Dalian, almost ready to set sail. The People's Liberation Army (PLA) has been reluctant to say anything about its first aircraft carrier as it has not yet entered service. But it must be the military's worst-kept secret. It is there for all to see, somewhat incongruously, right behind Dalian's Ikea superstore. The huge carrier has been...
  • We should share aircraft carrier, say French

    06/03/2011 9:02:40 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 06 Jun 2011 | Thomas Harding
    We should share aircraft carrier, say French Britain and France are set to share an aircraft carrier as part of plans for far closer integration between the two navies, the head of France’s fleet has said in an interview with The Daily Telegraph. Admiral Pierre-Francois Forissier also disclosed that the French navy was amazed by the swath of cuts last year that severely reduced the Royal Navy with the axing of aircraft carriers and Harrier jump jets alongside warships. “From a French standpoint, I have to say that we were really stunned because the Royal Navy has always been a...
  • Aircraft carriers gain clout in naval power

    05/09/2011 7:37:33 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 51 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | May 8, 2011 | SLOBODAN LEKIC
    Aircraft carriers gain clout in naval power By SLOBODAN LEKIC The Associated Press 6:01 a.m. Sunday, May 8, 2011 ABOARD THE CHARLES DE GAULLE — Despite growing controversy about the cost and relevance of aircraft carriers, navies around the world are adding new ones to their inventories at a pace unseen since World War II. The U.S. — with more carriers than all other nations combined — and established naval powers such as Britain, France and Russia are doing it. So are Brazil, India and China — which with Russia form the BRIC grouping of emerging economic giants. "The whole...
  • ANALYSIS: China’s new aircraft carrier changes strategic map

    05/01/2011 10:30:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    The Taipei Times ^ | May 02, 2011 | J. Michael Cole
    ANALYSIS: China’s new aircraft carrier changes strategic map RISING THREAT::While it may be years before China’s aircraft carrier provides any real threat, it joins the J-15 fighter jet in ratcheting up the risks for US forces in the region By J. Michael Cole / Staff Reporter Mon, May 02, 2011 - Page 3 Reports last month that China’s first aircraft carrier could embark on its maiden voyage sometime this year, added to speculation that the Chinese navy’s first -carrier-based aircraft could be operational by 2015, point to the high likelihood that Taiwan’s security dilemma is about to become even more...
  • Navy personnel begin training on refurbished Admiral Gorshkov

    04/14/2011 8:15:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    Navy personnel begin training on refurbished Admiral Gorshkov With the Navy set to induct aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov by 2012, the first batch of Navy personnel have begun training on the refurbished vessel in St. Petersburg, Russia. "The first group of 152 sailors and officers have started their training on-board INS Vikramaditya in Russia. The training comprises four months of theory and almost a similar period of practical exercises on the ship," naval spokesperson told PTI here on Thursday. The group comprises sailors and officers from technical branches of the Navy who will train on the Gorshkov christened as INS...
  • Ming Dynasty admiral spooks Taiwan (Chinese carrier)

    04/12/2011 8:06:05 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    Asia Times ^ | Apr 13, 2011 | Jens Kastner
    Ming Dynasty admiral spooks Taiwan By Jens Kastner TAIPEI - A proud China is set to launch its first aircraft carrier. For Taiwan, the carrier's most frightening aspect could be its name. For years, military enthusiasts flying over the seaport city of Dalian in northeast China knew well when to press their noses against the cabin windows. On the approach to Dalian's Zhoushuizi airport, the construction of China's first aircraft carrier could be spotted, with workers busy along the length of the 302-meter long, 70.5-meter wide ship. They installed engines and other heavy equipment, completed the radar mast, installed the...
  • Aircraft carrier: A mind-boggling building job (UK)

    04/09/2011 9:16:40 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 56 replies
    BBC News Magazine ^ | 7 April 2011 | Chris Summers
    Aircraft carrier: A mind-boggling building job By Chris Summers BBC News In a shipyard in Scotland the future of the Royal Navy is slowly taking shape. But the construction of the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is a mammoth task. Imagine an aircraft carrier as a 65,000-tonne jigsaw puzzle and you have got a good idea of the scale of the building of HMS Queen Elizabeth. The pieces are being built at six shipyards around the UK and will be slotted together at Rosyth in Fife using an enormous crane which was transported by sea from China. Around 10,000 workers...
  • 70-year dream of aircraft carrier close to reality

    04/07/2011 6:47:42 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 109 replies
    South China Morning Post (SCMP) ^ | Apr 7, 2011 | Minnie Chan & Julian Ryall
    70-year dream of aircraft carrier close to reality Minnie Chan and Julian Ryall in Tokyo Apr 7, 2011 Twenty high-resolution pictures of China's first aircraft carrier, the 67,500-tonne Varyag, appeared on the Xinhua website yesterday, with captions saying the vessel was almost finished and expected to sail this year. It was the first time official state media reported on the nation's first aircraft carrier project as well as indicating its construction progress at a shipyard in Dalian , Liaoning . The Xinhua report came as Japan's National Institute for Defence Studies released its annual strategic review, which said the influence...
  • US naval aviation back on the rise

    04/04/2011 8:15:39 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 48 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 04/04/2011
    US naval aviation back on the rise © Northrop Grumman How Northrop Grumman sees the carrier deck of 2020 Retired Vice Adm Robert Dunn remembers being called to the Secretary of the Navy's office. It was 1989 and the US Navy was still at the peak of its Cold War, 600-ship glory. Defence spending, however, was already in decline and the navy's top civilian, Henry Garrett, had a tough decision to make. As deputy chief of naval operations for aviation, Dunn's portfolio included two projects for a carrier-based, long-range strike aircraft - a re-engined Grumman A-6E Intruder called the A-6F...
  • Fighter jet’s engine explodes on U.S. aircraft carrier in million-dollar accident that injures 10

    03/31/2011 4:55:15 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 76 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3-31-11
    Ten sailors were injured yesterday when a jet fighter's engine exploded as it prepared to take off from an aircraft carrier. The F/A-18C Hornet was starting a training exercise when the accident occurred on the flight deck of the USS John C. Stennis, in waters off California. Four sailors were flown to Naval Medical Center San Diego where they were in stable condition.
  • U.K. aircraft carrier up for bids

    03/29/2011 10:23:25 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 64 replies
    upi ^ | March. 28, 2011
    LONDON, - The British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal can be yours, courtesy of the U.K. Ministry of Defense auction Web site, authorities said. The former flagship of the Royal Navy was decommissioned two weeks ago years as part of the government's defense budget review after serving with the fleet for 25, the BBC reported. Interested auction bidders can view Ark Royal at her home port, Portsmouth Naval Base, on May 3 and 4, authorities said. Bidders wishing to inspect the carrier must submit an outline of their "intentions regarding the vessel" to the Ministry of Defense, the BBC said....
  • France's floating frontline against Libya's Gaddafi

    03/27/2011 10:26:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mar 27, 2011 | Elizabeth Pineau
    France's floating frontline against Libya's Gaddafi Sun Mar 27, 2011 By Elizabeth Pineau ABOARD AIRCRAFT CARRIER CHARLES DE GAULLE (Reuters) - Dressed in a khaki uniform and protective helmet, a French pilot emerges from the Rafale fighter jet that just landed on the deck of the Charles de Gaulle carrier, back from another mission over Libya. A dozen mechanics scramble to assess the plane: the fuel specialists wear red, the maintenance crew green and the on-deck traffic controllers wear yellow, barking orders that have earned them the French nickname "yellow dogs". A Hawkeye radar plane is next to land, soon...
  • France sends carrier to Libya, conducts more flights

    03/20/2011 6:41:16 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mar 20, 2011 | Elizabeth Pineau & John Irish
    France sends carrier to Libya, conducts more flights 8:59am EDT By Elizabeth Pineau and John Irish PARIS (Reuters) - France sent an aircraft carrier toward Libya on Sunday and its warplanes carried out further operations over the north African country, armed forces and defense officials said. The Charles de Gaulle carrier, the flagship of the French fleet, left the southern port of Toulon at around 1200 GMT, carrying around 1,800 crew members and some 20 aircraft. The carrier was accompanied by an attack submarine, several frigates and a refueling ship, defense officials said. "The French operations continue," said a source...
  • China's Military Space Surge

    03/14/2011 10:57:17 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Space Ref ^ | 3/8/2011 | Space Ref
    China's surging military space program is poised to challenge U.S. aircraft carrier operations in the Pacific, as Chinese military spacecraft already gather significant new radar, electrooptical imaging, and signal intelligence data globally. During 2010, China more than doubled its military satellite launch rate to 12. This compares with three to five military missions launched each year between 2006 and 2009. Since 2006, China has launched about 30 military related spacecraft. Its total of 15 launches in 2010 set a new record for China and for the first time equaled the U.S. flight rate for a given year. Most U.S. public...
  • Think Tank: Japan is an aircraft-carrier power

    03/10/2011 7:41:08 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies ^ | March 9, 2011
    Think Tank: Japan is an aircraft-carrier power, March 9, 2011 Japan has been formally classified for the first time since World War II as an aircraft-carrier power by a leading Western international affairs think tank. Japan has one Hyuga-class aircraft carrier, according to Military Balance 2011, an annual report published on Tuesday by the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) assessing the military capabilities and defense economics of 170 countries worldwide. The annual report is an essential resource for those involved in security policymaking, analysis and research. Classifying Japan as an aircraft carrier power means China now has...
  • INS Vikramaditya Starts Dock Trials in Severodvinsk

    03/04/2011 7:45:17 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Aviation Week ^ | 3/4/2011 | M Pyadushkin
    INS Vikramaditya Starts Dock Trials in Severodvinsk Posted by M Pyadushkin at 3/4/2011 12:24 PM CST From March 1 Kiev-class Vikramaditya (ex-Russian Admiral Gorshkov) aircraft carrier started dock trials, reported the Severodvinsk-based Sevmash facility that is retrofitting the ship for the Indian Navy. According to Sevmash’s head of construction Dmitry Strelchenko, the most difficult and important part of the trials will be the testing of the main propulsion system. In addition, the manufacturer will check the ship’s electronic warfare system, including the Indian-made ones, and the flight deck facilities. “The goal of the dock tests is to prepare the ship’s...
  • Spain's Aircraft Carrier Begins Air-naval Certification Campaign

    02/14/2011 11:30:34 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 33 replies
    Aviation Week ^ | 2/14/2011 | Christina Mackenzie
    Spain's Aircraft Carrier Begins Air-naval Certification Campaign Posted by Christina Mackenzie at 2/14/2011 9:28 AM CST The Juan Carlos I, Spain's amphibious aircraft carrier launched on September 30, 2010, is undergoing year-long sea trials and last week started the process of gaining its air-naval certification. The first helicopter landed aboard on February 8 at 10:51. Other helicopters from the 6th Squadron (Hughes 500) and the 3rd Squadron (AB-212) then followed. Commander Emilio Aceña Medina brings his helicopter in to land on the Juan Carlos I. Photo credit: Spanish Navy The next phase will involve landing and take-off of Harrier AV-8B...