All the Reasons the World Should Fear China’s Aircraft Carriers

China’s first home-built aircraft carrier will soon be completed in the shipyards at Dalian. This vessel, which has yet to receive a name, will spend two years being fit with equipment before it is ready to join its sister carrier the Liaoning in operational service. Both vessels are derived from the Soviet-era Kutznetsov-class carriers—the Liaoning is actually rebuilt from one—and as such, commentators are already tearing into them for their obvious shortcomings compared to America’s nuclear-powered supercarriers.

The new three-hundred-meter-long Type 001A is slightly larger than the Liaoning and is estimated to carry a few more J-15 Flying Shark jet fighters, perhaps up to around thirty. By contrast, U.S. carrier air wings today typically count sixty-four aircraft. Unlike the Soviet original, neither Chinese carrier is meant to double as a heavy cruiser, and as such lack the heavy missile armament of the Russian Navy’s Admiral Kuznetsov. Both the Russian and Chinese vessels lack catapult-assisted takeoff and barrier-assisted recovery (CATOBAR) for the embarked jet fighters, and instead rely on a “ski jump”–style curved ramp at the end of the deck. This drastically limits the maximum takeoff weight of the aircraft on board, a problem worsened by the insufficient thrust produced by the J-15’s engines, limiting it to carrying four thousand pounds of weapons while carrying a maximum fuel load. Neither do the carriers carry tanker aircraft that can easily extend the J-15’s range.

written by Sebastien Roblin
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  2. The next generation of Type 055 destroyers will be equipped with electromagnetic guns and laser defense systems, microwave defense systems,
    escort for aircraft carriers.

  3. Close you fucking mouths why you come to South china sea that is your greedyness for grabbing South east asia welths Chinese is wrest garbage

  4. Only for defense. China never invade other country for the past 2300 years excepts our minority Mongol!
    Outside world may understand China from: (1) history and (2) Confucius philosophy.
    1. Chinese love peace, entertainment and wealthy life instead of war/killing.
    My hometown unerathed 2500 years old Chime Bell in 1978, made of alloy of bronze and gold! Chinese ancestor created metallurgy, cast and foundry, and music. At that time, Chinese already mastered advanced technologies but only used them to make musical instruments instead of weapons (such as lance spear , big sword, etc ).
    See unearth process,
    2. Confucius's principles have commonality with Chinese tradition and belief.
    Confucius (/kənˈfjuːʃəs/ kən-FEW-shəs[1]; September 28, 551 BC – 479 BC) espoused the well-known principle "Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself", the Golden Rule. Chinese hate other country to invade China, certainly China don't want to invade other country, this is our philosophy.

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