French media said that China plans to build 085 aircraft carriers with catapult (Figure)
Data Figure: China’s aircraft carrier Kuznetsov starboard position
in the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen’s visit to China at the reporter during the conference, the PLA Chief of General Staff Chen Bingde answer Associated Press Reporters on the issue of Chinese aircraft carrier construction, said China would build aircraft carriers while several have not yet decided. He also pointed out that the United States than a dozen aircraft carriers, and the Chinese one did not, with this level of development of China’s current strength is too disproportionate. Remarks once again led the world’s media on China’s aircraft carrier, in particular, China will build aircraft carriers, while several concerns and speculation.
“Kuznetsov” was how to deploy
12, Reuters reported that China’s first aircraft carrier, “Kuznetsov” was possible in several weeks into the water, will be mainly used for training purposes. The report quoted the “China Daily” the source said, “Kuznetsov” was mainly used for training pilots and crew. The water may be the carrier for the first time “in the end of this month or early August, or later”, and is not yet clear when the aircraft will be put into practical operation and will be stationed where. The report also said there are rumors that another construction of an aircraft carrier in Shanghai.
However, Taiwan’s “China Times” quoted the 13 retired generals analysts said Taiwan, mainland China’s first aircraft carrier assembly of advanced short-range anti-aircraft fire and phased array radar, as a training ship is no need for a simple, shows that there are real considerations. By strategic objective, geographical patterns and formations composed of view, the mainland’s first aircraft carrier attachment is most likely the South China Sea Fleet.
the United States, “Global Security” Web site reported that the “Kuznetsov” was to be deployed in the North Sea Fleet. Reported that, in the northeast China built a scale comparable to Xingcheng Ukraine “Nitka” aircraft carrier land-based aircraft training center training center. Allegedly, there are two sliding leaps down platform, also built with Russia, “Admiral Kuznetsov” aircraft carrier in exactly the same the whole runway, the northern end of a simulated runway landing area for aircraft carrier pilots from landing training. “Global Security” presumably because “Kuznetsov” was mainly used for training, do not focus on combat, it will be long-term parking in the Bohai Bay – waters can be called a piece of China’s “Neihu”, from the safety and security point of view, very suitable for aircraft carrier pilot training. The Bohai Bay is located just west of Xingcheng can play with the “Kuznetsov” was functional linkage effects. Meanwhile, Port Arthur is China’s best deep-draft harbor north, most of the North Sea Fleet warships are deployed in the vicinity.
these deployments to guess, Academy of Military Science researcher Du Wenlong that the carrier deployment to the port as the case may be, to be able to carry out effective defensive operations, and too exposed to easy attack. But in China, where the carrier deployment is not important, the key is where. Current South, East and other hot spots in the waters around China, so no matter where the deployment, may play a role in carrier range. Even if deployed in the Bohai Sea, you can move into the South China Sea to carry out the task.
China will be more than most blue-water navy?
Obviously, the Chinese navy will not only have a training with the aircraft carrier, and China will build several ships on the aircraft carrier, the outside world has been speculation. Taiwan’s “Liberty Times,” 13 reported that the KMT “legislator” Lin Yu-fang analysis, in addition to the “Kuznetsov” was outside the mainland should have started the construction of home-made aircraft carrier, and may be more than one number, 2020, the mainland may 2-3 aircraft carriers deployed.
France “aerospace defense” has analyzed sites in April this year, said China’s current plans to build more than three carriers, because China imported from the Ukraine four sets of block devices, a set of installation in the “Kuznetsov” number on a set of installation training facilities on land, the other two will be installed in steel cutting has been completed on the 089-type aircraft, in addition to the use of Chinese as well build catapult take-off 085-based aircraft carrier program. United States, “Huffington Post” on July 11 that China plans to build four twenties of this century, aircraft carrier, then, the number of Chinese carriers will be more than most of the world’s blue water navy.
Li Jie of China’s military experts believe that if construction does not consider the cost and capacity constraints, to form China’s aircraft carrier combat, at least equipment 3. One of them in combat patrols, one for offshore training, the other one is in maintenance. So as to ensure that once the “something”, at least one can quickly rushed to the accident site, a second aircraft carrier can be added as soon as possible, while also ensuring timely maintenance of the aircraft carrier, a more lasting performances.
aircraft carrier from World War II war situation previous to participate in a moderate-intensity war, at least to be able to send two large aircraft carriers to use. Battle of Britain Island in Armagh, the two British light aircraft carrier becomes stretched, had converted a large transport ship to dock, “Harrier” type of VTOL aircraft. Only one aircraft carrier battle group is almost a deterrent, or participate in some low-intensity conflict, the French “de Gaulle” aircraft carrier is no single high-intensity military conflict to participate, and Russia’s “Kuznetsov” aircraft carrier is accused of becoming “guards of honor.”
not produce sausages made aircraft carrier
June, according to BBC reports, at present, in addition to the United States has 11 aircraft carriers, two light aircraft carrier of Italy has , Russia, France, Spain, Brazil, India, Thailand only has one, and the United Kingdom was the largest aircraft carrier was decommissioned the last one, before serving in the new aircraft carrier, the UK will face a window of the aircraft carrier. In 2007 the British began to build “Queen Elizabeth” class aircraft carrier of the first ship “Queen Elizabeth” was the ship plans served in 2015, while the second ship “Prince of Wales’ number on the service to wait three years. After all, the construction of aircraft carriers is a huge project, no country would like the production of sausages, as the construction of bulk carriers. French nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in the construction of the first one, “Charles de Gaulle” When has a dozen years.
the Soviet Union build “Admiral Kuznetsov”, “Kuznetsov” and “Ulyanovsk” carrier’s start time was about three years apart, is used because it was occupied by berth-made aircraft carrier model, while the large berth with limited resources, is generally an aircraft carrier into the water, the other one have a built space. However, according to Han and defense centers “China to build aircraft carriers,” special issue analysis, China’s indigenously built aircraft carrier may be sub-modular construction methods, good pre-manufactured to the hull by a large crane berth, and then complete the final assembly .
for the production cycle, Duwen Long said that if from a purely technical point of view, building more aircraft carriers in the unit costs lower than building only one, after all R & D, docks and other infrastructure will cost in use , the same generation aircraft carrier can be made within the interval of 1-2 years only two, of course, inter-generational time is much longer. However, the update rate depends on the carrier of a country’s strategic needs and operational tasks, if the carrier has to meet existing needs, and that even with the manufacturing capacity, there is no need to rush production. ▲
(“Global Times” July 14, 2011 No. 08 version)
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