Reputation of China Kuznetsov aircraft carriers within two years with hard place
Data Figure: China’s aircraft carrier Kuznetsov renovation project nearing completion
LONDON April 19 news: the U.S. Defense News 18 quoted officials as saying that Taiwan’s defense, China’s first aircraft Kuznetsov grid carrier is expected to begin this summer, the port test, offshore and high seas begin testing next year. But Kuznetsov aircraft carrier-based aircraft equipped with at least two years with a difficult place, the escort aircraft carrier battle group formation and support required for ships you need at least five to ten years.
article mentioned, Kuznetsov aircraft carrier photo display, aircraft equipped with active phased array radar – similar to the U.S. “Aegis” radar system, also equipped with a 30 mm close combat weapon systems and domestic FL-3000 “Flying Leopard” carrier-based air defense missile system. U.S. Naval War College, Chinese defense analyst Andrew Eriksson said: installation of FL-3000 “is a more logical way, can be used for defense in depth anti-ship cruise missiles.”
Eriksson said, it is unclear Kuznetsov aircraft carrier’s operational performance. “A modern combat-type aircraft, equipped to carry out high-intensity military operations of carrier-based air power system, and to master the system takes a long time and a lot of investment, even the precious face great fighter and pilot the risk. “
He also said that in the United States or Japan, with such high-tech country has a limited war (ie,” Taiwan conflict “), the Chinese aircraft carrier could only be” as a goal. ” But he also pointed out that Chinese aircraft carrier around the South China Sea may pose a greater threat to its neighbors, China said the South China Sea is China’s core interests. (Spring)