China Carrier Preps for Flight Ops?
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China Carrier Preps for Flight Ops?

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Photos posted to the Internet in China last week seem to confirm that the Chinese Navy has installed arrestor gear and other vital equipment on its refurbished Soviet-made aircraft carrier, the ex-Varyag. If genuine, the installations could represent a big step forward for the first-ever seaborne, fixed-wing aviation capability for the People's Liberation Army Navy.

One image appears to show a traditional four-wire arrangement on the aft flight deck of the roughly 1,000-foot-long carrier. Another depicts a small tractor of the type used to move aircraft around the deck.

The ex-Varyag, which was speculated to have been renamed the Shi Lang in Chinese service, underwent more than a decade of rework in Dalian shipyard following her acquisition from Russia in the late 1990s. She conducted her first sea trial in July and performed a second, brief, at-sea test in November. These tests didn't include fixed-wing aircraft. Indeed, much of the equipment necessary to support airplanes apparently had apparently not been installed.

In December, a Chinese government spokesman denied rumors that Russia had refused to sell China arresting gear. The ex-Varyag's deck equipment was being developed indigenously, the spokesman said.

The wires and the tractor should allow the ex-Varyag to begin flight trials with navalized J-15 fighters as early as this spring – assuming, of course, that other requisite gear has also been installed, including air-traffic-control radars, communications, aircraft fueling and repair facilities.

Even with all that equipment in place, it could take years for China to train aviators and deck crew to safely and efficiently launch, recover and maintain carrier-based aircraft. Coordinating ship and plane tactics could require additional years of trial and error. 

A truly effective carrier capability is one of the Holy Grails of modern naval operations. China's progress toward that goal has been slow but steady.

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venkat s kanakamedala
April 4, 2012 at 18:10

china is digging its grave.better to have a change in china for a true democracy.

china will go to stone era by messing up peace in Asia.after nuke attack china will

not see the sun for 6 months.radiation will last few decades.it is the fate of

china at last.

Ako Ni Pre
April 4, 2012 at 17:31

What Mr. Chan?

Copying technologies, currency manipulations weren’t enough for China! Now China will grap spratly island that belongs to Philippines. Shame!

elportonative77
March 27, 2012 at 22:42

I’ve got 63 yuan (as of 3/27/12) that says in 15 years China will still be playing second fiddle to the United States Navy and in 30 it won’t even matter in the Pacific. You down for a little wager Lingy?

Liang1a
March 25, 2012 at 08:08

Ariel wrote:

March 25, 2012 at 4:25 am

@Liang

I hope China stops exports to all the developed countries. Firstly, let us see how China survives without markets in developed countries. Secondly, it is better to buy products from Bangladesh, etc rather than buy toxic products from China. China should stick to manufacturing “Hero” and “Wing Sung” pens.
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Liang’s response:
How does exporting anything to developed countries affect China’s survival? Nobody has ever given a clear answer to that question. Everybody simply assumed that China will collapse if it didn’t export to the developed countries. But suppose China stopped exporting to the developed countries. Will the Chinese people starve? Obviously not because China is self-sufficient in food. Will China go without clothing? Obviously not because China can produce all the clothes its people need. In fact, it is the developed countries that will go withou clothing if China stopped exporting all the cheap clothese to them. Will China go dark for lack of energy? Again no because China has all the coal it needs for hundreds of years. China also has vast reserves of oil. The S. China Sea alone could supply enough oil to keep China energy self-sufficient for decades. Furthermore, China must ultimately be energy self-sufficient in terms of wind and solar and nuclear power. So energy is no problem for China and China does not need to export to developed countries to get enough oil or gas. Furthermore, producers of oil such as Russia, Iran, Nigeria, etc. will be happy to take Chinese yuan in exchange for their oil. Will China be lacking in raw materials of any kind if it didn’t export to developed countries? Again no. China is the biggest producer of some 60% of all minerals in the world. It is among the top 10 producers of 90% of all minerals in the world. China has more than 200 billion tons of iron ore. Most of China is still unexplored in terms of minerals. There are still vast quantities of minerals to be discovered in China. And the developing countries are all too happy to sell to China whatever it needs for yuan. So tell me, why is it necessary for China to export to the developed countries? There is simply no rational reason why China should keep exporting anything to the developed countries because China does not need anything from them. The only reason why China is exporting to developed countries is because the corrupt Chinese officials and greedy compradors need foreign currencies such as dollars, euroes, and yen so that they can abscond from China with bribes and ill gotten gains. China as a nation does not need these foreign currencies. Chinese people as a whole don’t need foreign currencies. The only reason why the Chinese people think they need to keep exporting is because they have been brainwashed into thinking that China needs to do foreign trade for some unknown reason they never understood or because everybody in the world wants to export more. China can provide just as many jobs if it simply expanded its military by some 6% of GDP. It would not be more harmful than the current wasteful exports that squander huge amounts of Chinese energy and resources. While a large and powerful military can provide the critical service of keeping China safe and secure, exports simply squander unjustifiably large amounts of energy and resources and labor and return nothing but worthless dollars, euroes and yen which only result in the poverty of the Chinese people and the pollution of Chinese environment. CHINA DOES NOT NEED TO EXPORT TO THE DEVELOPED COUNTRIES!!!!!!!!! China only needs to develop its own domestic economy to provide indigenously produced goods and services for the consumption of the Chinese people.

Liang1a
March 25, 2012 at 05:23

ACT wrote:

March 25, 2012 at 4:36 am

and considering that China has yet to even test a railgun? there’s a few reasons why the US hasn’t yet gone forward with mounting such weapons on its ships. the first is that after only a few shots, magnetic forces warp the barrel to the point that it can no longer be used. Second is the immense power draw; nothing but a nuclear powered ship could mount such a weapon, and it’s impractical to refit US naval ships with nuclear reactors.
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Liang’s response:
And where is your basis for thinking that China has not tested its railgun extensively? There are plenty of evidence to think that Chinese scientists and engineers have been working on railguns for a long time. It is not surprising that Chinese have developed a working version of railgun that is now good enough to be deployed. It may be impractical to refit American ships with nuclear reactors but since Varyag will be upgraded to nuclear power anyway, it would be a good place to deploy China’s first railgun. The carrier needs a good defensive weapon and it has the nuclear reactor to provide the power. Don’t assume that China’s technologies will always lag that of the American technologies. Historically, China has been far ahead of the West until the last couple of hundred years. the West is the upstart while China is now moving back to its historical position as the primary nation in the world. So just because American railgun is still not functioning as desired does not mean the Chinese railgun must also be unacle to function effectively.

ACT
March 25, 2012 at 04:36

and considering that China has yet to even test a railgun? there’s a few reasons why the US hasn’t yet gone forward with mounting such weapons on its ships. the first is that after only a few shots, magnetic forces warp the barrel to the point that it can no longer be used. Second is the immense power draw; nothing but a nuclear powered ship could mount such a weapon, and it’s impractical to refit US naval ships with nuclear reactors.

Ariel
March 25, 2012 at 04:25

@Liang

I hope China stops exports to all the developed countries. Firstly, let us see how China survives without markets in developed countries. Secondly, it is better to buy products from Bangladesh, etc rather than buy toxic products from China. China should stick to manufacturing “Hero” and “Wing Sung” pens.

BB
March 24, 2012 at 16:04

Just dream on, mr. daydreamer! You’ll see an economic train-wreck in China soon!Just get ready for the worst! You still ‘talk big’ because currently you’re living in a western country not in your ‘titan with 2 feet of clay, China’!!

soon!

Liang1a
March 24, 2012 at 09:27

Below is an excerpt from an article at the following link. I don’t know if this is true but it could very well be. It seems that China is indeed building at least 2 more aircraft carriers to be deployed by 2016. The date of deployment may come sooner as often happened with Chinese weapon systems. This is not surprising. What is new is the news that Varyag will be upgraded to nuclear power and will deploy some kind of rail gun. If the rail gun is effective then this would be a very effective defensive weapon to shoot down incoming missiles, even ballistic anti-ship missiles. It could even defend against nuclear warheads as it could shoot them down many tens of miles away. Those who laugh and disparage Chinese military can now stop laughing.

The report also said China will build 4 more carriers. But the number may be increased to 10 to be deployed by 2020. If most or all of them are nuclear powered and armed with rail guns then they could easily defeat American carrier groups anywhere in the world especially if additionally defended by nuclear subs and carry dozens of J-18 stealth fighters each which are said to be superior to America’s F-35.
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http://bbs.miercn.com/201203/thread_98093_1.html

香港明报报道,《镜报月刊》报道,目前停泊在大连港的航母训练平台瓦良格号将改
建为中国首艘核动力航母。而国产的另两艘常规动力航母最快分别于2014、2015年
下水,一年后服役,而瓦良格航母将被命名为“旅顺”号。

Translation:
Hong Kong Ming Bao reports, <> reports that Varyag training
platform for aircraft carrier which is currently moored at Dalian Port will
be the first nuclear powered aircraft carrier. The two indigenously produced
conventional aircraft carriers will be launched respectively in 2014 and
2015 and will be deployed one year later. Varyag will be renamed “Li Shun”
(Smooth Travel).

港媒文章称,在决定瓦舰重建前,中国已批准自制4艘航母的计划,首批两艘常规动
力航母最快分别在2014、2015年下水,一年后服役。届时,中国可能将近7万□的瓦
舰改建成核动力航母并安装先进的电磁弹射器。瓦良格航母有了核动力将产生的强
大电力,便可安装电磁弹射器,这是中国航母赶超美国的关键技术之一,所以该项
计划或多方支持

Translation:
The Hong Kong media said, before deciding to rebuild Varyag the Chinese
government had approved the plan to build 4 indigenously produced aircraft
carriers. The first two conventional power carriers will be launched in
2014 and 2015 respectively and deployed one year later. At that time China
probably will change Varyag to nuclear powered carrier and install advanced
electromagnetic rail gun. When Varyag has nuclear power to produce powerful
electricity, it can install the electromagnetic rail gun. This is a key
technology where the Chinese aircraft carrier will overtake America. This
is why this plan has support from many sides.

Liang1a
March 24, 2012 at 03:25

Dave wrote:

March 23, 2012 at 4:06 pm

There’s a huge huge difference here, Mr.Liang1a! All the native Americans & the Mexican Americans here are now very happy & proud to be the Americans, the citizens of the most powerful, democratic nation in the world!
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Liang’s response:
The native Americans and Mexican Americans are very happy to be american citizens? Really? The biggest story now in the US is the hate crime of an white racist gunning down a black kid and getting away with it until mass protests put pressure on the government to bring charges against this killer. So you think the Mexican Americans are so happy in America? Do you even know what the incomes of the Latinos in America are? They are 1/3 lower than the national average. Latinos get no respect from the whites. They are mostly farm workers, or janitors, or gardeners. They are routinely swept up by the immigration officiers and deported to Mexico. Even those who are citizens got deported to Mexico routinely. So much for your love.

Chinese economy is developing very fast. Once it has shifted to domestic development it will develop even faster. By 2040 Chinese people will earn 1/3 more incomes on a per capita basis than the Americans. Chinese minorities will get more respect in China than Latinos get in America. But that is your own funerals. You can stay where you are insulted and disparaged.

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