Russia lags behind the project, said carrier-based aircraft carrier program that may affect China (Mainland)
Kuznetsov grid carrier satellite photos
LONDON May 7 news: Russia’s “view” newspaper recently published an article that China plans to build aircraft carrier battle groups are likely to delay the project due to carrier-based aircraft be delayed.
the recent news that China bought many years ago from Ukraine, “Kuznetsov” aircraft carrier is expected within a year was incorporated into the Navy as a carrier-based pilots for training purposes. Although China’s current technological and economic strength, the construction of aircraft carriers has not “mission impossible”, but even in the near future with the carrier, it is difficult to form in the short term combat capabilities – as China has in recent years imitation Russian fighter production technology, leading to bilateral negotiations for the sale of carrier-based aircraft in trouble, so China may be in a very long time the lack of a reliable carrier-based aircraft.
some foreign media reported that China has begun to complete the “Kuznetsov” was the last construction work, is currently working to install the power system. The ship on November 25, 1988 in Nikolayev water, this should be the first one built in the former Soviet Union aircraft carrier: The ship will be equipped with the original plan, “Kuznetsov” aircraft carrier steam catapults on the same device. Installation catapult not only save fuel (to reduce aircraft engine start during working hours), but also increase the fighter’s combat load and flight distance, and allow a remote warning aircraft such as heavy aircraft took off from the ship.
in the former Soviet Union, the “Kuznetsov” was completed in only 67%. According to the agreement signed between Ukraine and Russia, aboard the aircraft carrier is not completed all assigned to Uruguayan side. In 1998, China for $ 20 million purchase price of the ship. At that time the Chinese claim will “Kuznetsov” was converted into a marine recreational facilities, but then the fact that its real interest but the Chinese military.
in the “Kuznetsov” was sold to China before, Ukraine has repeatedly proposed to discount prices to their transfer to Russia, but Russian leaders on the ship at the time they are not interested.
after nearly two years of sea travel, the “Kuznetsov” was on February 20, 2002 dragged arrived in China’s Dalian port. Shortly thereafter, it will be painted by Chinese naval vessels commonly used colors. Outside of its true purpose is no longer any doubt: it will never be converted into a playground. As before the delivery of China, Wu Fang expert has “Kuznetsov” was the fact that the destruction of key parts, so in recent years, China’s shipyards have been in the ship repair. Leaders of the Chinese Navy in November 2008 revealed that China is ready to build the first aircraft carrier shortly after the news, “Kuznetsov” was changed almost overnight, “face”: The hull appeared on “83″ hull number and have a new name – “Shi Lang” number.
first had news that the ship may be sailing in the 2008 test, but ordered the Ukrainian power plant failed to create complete, resulting in the test was delayed. April 27, “Shi Lang” was delivered to Lord of the dock – Some experts believe that the move was to finalize the installation of power systems. Chinese media suggest that it is likely to serve in the coming months.
However, analysts also speculate now, “Shi Lang” was the end-use: in the end is a genuine aircraft carrier, or the role of a single training ship? In addition to power systems have not yet ready, the ship is also not installed for the protection of carrier-based air safety is essential to radar and flight navigation and communications antennas. It also did not see any anti-aircraft and anti-submarine devices.
Based on the above points, “Shi Lang” was able to serve again this year is very doubtful.
addition to the carrier’s own reasons, but also restricting the Chinese Navy carrier-based aircraft carrier battle group to build an important factor. It is unclear how the Chinese prepare for their carrier-based aircraft carrier is equipped with. “Viewpoint” newspaper previously reported, due to dissatisfaction with the Chinese theft of Russian Su-27 and Su-33 production technology, interrupting the two sides in the sale of Su-33 carrier aircraft on the issue of negotiations. Need to be reminded that China had not only prepared to buy more than 12 Su-33, while Russia is worried that the Su-33 Su-27SK repeat the mistake – which the Chinese side has completely mastered the production technology and the use of domestic parts create a J-11B.
to protect their own interests, Russia insisted in the negotiations to purchase at least 24 Chinese Su-33, preferably 50. Russia’s position is no doubt that China is a very complex situation into being.
In fact, the complexity of the carrier-based aircraft manufacturing is much more than the production of common land-based fighter. Converted into land-based fighter aircraft in the carrier-based aircraft in the process, not only for the former installation hook and a strengthened landing gear, folding wings but also the design (this is particularly complex). In addition, the body of the aircraft and airborne equipment needed to do a special anti-corrosion water treatment.
recent news that China’s Shanghai 611 Research Institute is made in the first fourth generation fighter – J-10 aircraft carrier-based research. However, this aircraft is not suitable for use as an aircraft carrier: it is only equipped with an engine. Experts believe that, in order to ensure reliability, carrier-based aircraft should be equipped with two engines. Only a single carrier-based fighter aircraft for the distance of the coast or near water plays the role of attack aircraft. So far, have not seen any two-seat J-10 photo.
China has bought one from the Ukrainian T-10-3, which is the first prototype Su-33. Obviously, China’s technical staff has its very detailed and comprehensive study. The only possible regret is that, T-10 still uses a fixed-wing design. As the carrier-based aircraft development is seriously lagging behind, so it may appear a very strange situation: after the birth of China’s aircraft carrier in a very long period of time will not have a complete set of carrier-based aircraft. Although you can use single of J-10 to train carrier pilots, but to use it as carrier-based aircraft will no doubt be a very crazy moves.
needs to be emphasized that, although China in the development of the J-10 twin-engine model – J-10B, but the latter equipped with Chinese imitation of the AL-31F engine is not reliable, not fit for equipment carrier-based aircraft. On the current progress, China’s experts need at least 5-7 years to develop a carrier-based aircraft to meet the standard. It is for this reason, Russia’s negotiations for the sale of Su-33 is likely to be in the last couple of years to revive, and China’s stance is likely to change. Compiled: Spring