Foreign media have speculated that China’s first aircraft carrier will be launched one year ahead (Figure)
Data for: alterations in Dalian, the Kuznetsov aircraft carrier
Reuters, Beijing, December 23 – Chinese military and political sources said on Wednesday that China may be ready in 2011 Let’s first aircraft carrier into the water, more than analysts expected the U.S. military for a year in advance.
analysts expect China will be the first actual use of an aircraft carrier for the protection of its crossing the Indian Ocean, through the Spratly Islands (Nansha Islands I – Benwang Note) in the vicinity of the oil supply route security, but its carrier to achieve full (operational) capabilities still a few years time.
a relationship with the leadership of the sources have told reporters: “July 1 next year (Chinese Communist) Party before the holiday hind (aircraft carrier into the water) a time.”
Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman’s office did not comment.
analysts say, the former Soviet Union aircraft carrier, “Kuznetsov” was launched next year if the training and technical testing, it would be to build an aircraft carrier battle groups toward the step.
Department of the Navy Intelligence Agency is expected, “Kuznetsov” aircraft carrier by 2012 will be put into use as a training platform, and after 2015 China will have a domestic carrier.
the U.S. Naval Academy’s Andrew Erickson and Andrew Wilson wrote, “Imagine, with the carrier-related research and development as well as manufacturing … … will be very fast speed, so that Western analysts may surprised. ”
India and China will become the third in Asia after Thailand, countries have aircraft carriers, it still requires hardware, software and pilot training.
Canada Karni, senior defense analyst Robert Orr said: “The ability to have aircraft carriers is not equal to grasp – that the effective use of the carrier’s ability – which is a process, may thanks to a decade. “
sources say, 300 meters long” Kuznetsov “was now the northeastern city of Dalian, a state-owned shipyard for conversion.
1998, the Chinese company for $ 20 million purchased from Ukraine was not equipped with engines “Kuznetsov” was intended to be converted into an offshore casino in Macau, China military later bought the warship.
Chinese Air Force pilot has yet to master the take-off and landing from aircraft carriers. They have been conducting training, but compared with the American pilots, their flight time is far behind.
Chinese military, a source said: “‘Kuznetsov’ number will allow us to know the aircraft carrier tactics.”
United States and China’s neighbors China intends to use its growing naval strength was nervous, and China to speed up preparations for aircraft carrier battle groups may exacerbate these anxieties.