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



All of the Reasons Why 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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5 thoughts on “All of the Reasons Why the World Should Fear China’s Aircraft Carriers”

  1. lmao. China can only build infrastructure and hardware, thats it.
    We India bought the latest and finest foreign military, politicians pocket 50% money as commission. We India are smarter without working harder and politicians are richer. A win win situation.
    American also smart, just steal and bomb countries in the name of democracy, freedom & human right. Once USA bomb China, we Indian will plant opium and sell to Chinese just like 200 years ago and make a lot of money.

    JAI HIND

  2. 10 years ago people laughed at China's ambition to have a carrier. Now people laughing at China for having a carrier. I wonder will people laugh when China's carrier fleet is the largest in the world 10 years from now

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