F-15 foreign media speculation that could be the first aircraft carrier Kuznetsov aircraft carrier
Shen hangar in the new carrier-based fighter-made F -15.
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“China’s first carrier-based fighter aircraft F -15 exposed!” “China is developing aircraft carriers equipped for short-range vertical takeoff and landing aircraft. “In recent days, U.S. media reported that China’s new carrier-based fighter, and some exposure on the Internet, according to China’s image, while others are based on some of China’s military fan blog. It is based on these unofficial “clues”, the Western major media constantly on China’s future carrier-based fighter to guess.
guess one of the greatest of these is China-based carrier will soon be deployed, the aircraft carrier as an indispensable weapon platform, carrier-based fighter aircraft deployment will certainly have the capability. From the operational effectiveness analysis, a carrier strike capability to play in the war by 80% to reflect the carrier-based fighter, so the performance of carrier-based fighter aircraft directly determines the level of how to play the role. Because of this, the collective eyes of the West in turn transferred to China is developing carrier-based fighter.
“Flying Shark” performance
In fact, the Western media and defense experts have long been concerned about China’s F -15 fighter project, they will be F – 15 known as the “flying sharks”, and that this type of carrier-based fighter is likely to become China’s first aircraft carriers.
United States, “New York Times” reported that, in the “Kuznetsov” aircraft carrier of the latest photos posted on the Internet in China, two weeks after China’s official media also published in the April 25 first F-15 aircraft photograph, picture source for the Chinese military fans online forums, it is alleged in northeast China’s Shenyang Aircraft Factory shooting. However, while carrier-based F -15 fighter photos have been published, but as military analysts said, will come out with the same carrier, F -15 years of testing and improvements need to enter the formal service.
Western defense experts believe that this is equipped with folding wings, shorter tail of advanced fighters will be deployed on China’s first aircraft carrier. Machine designed by the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation, with the development of China’s WS-10 turbine engine, is China’s third-generation fighters.
United States, “Washington Times,” the article said, the aircraft was manufactured in the Russian Sukhoi Su-33 carrier-based fighter developed from the basis of its external installation of missile pylons, and J-11 fighters equipped with similar wide-angle holographic HUD. On the performance of the aircraft, the parties have different views. Russia’s news agency that its performance is less than the Su-33 fighters, but Chinese experts claimed that the Su-33 fighter planes used in avionics equipment is already obsolete, so they installed a homemade sensors, displays and weapons. The aircraft structure to the Su-33 fighter planes, based on the installation of F-11B aircraft avionics – including advanced anti-ship radar.
United States, “New York Times” reported that on April 25, F -15 fighter without a doubt the evidence of China’s military and technological progress. Some Western arms experts say that if the exposure of the F-15 photo is true, then the machine can perform the tasks should be included to win air superiority at sea, to attack targets at sea. “This carrier-based aircraft for the Chinese Navy to provide long range air defense and sea-to-ground tactical long-range precision strike capability.” From the photo, the aircraft for the twin planes, and the use of front canard wing; aerodynamic layout similar to the Su- -35; from the appearance of view, a large aircraft thrust and speed, good mobility. There is also a characteristic aerodynamic machine, that is, abdominal Road intake, indicating that the aircraft’s aerodynamic excellent, very beneficial for air superiority. Two high-powered engine not only help to improve the speed and mobility, can also carry a large number of precision-guided weapons, which enhance the ability of the Chinese navy’s anti-ship and land attack capability of great value.
According to the U.S., “Aviation Week” April 26 article describes, F -15 fighter plane, the coating is light blue, indicating that it is the PLA Navy fighters. It uses a large area of ??folded wing design, which not only improve the aircraft carrier deck space utilization, but also to the case of aircraft take off at low speed. The aircraft landing gear has been reinforced, high sink rate landing can be achieved. Moreover, it is also fitted with a tail hook, can be achieved in a short carrier deck block with
land. In addition, the aircraft nose to install a small canard, help to reduce landing speed, the end of the fuselage relatively short, to avoid friction slope.
comparable to the United States “Hornet”
According to the U.S., “Aviation Week” disclosure, exposure of F-15 first picture was taken in Shenyang Aircraft Industry Co. Company No. 112 Factory. Chinese analysts and observers said the aircraft, F -15 fighter on August 31, 2009 the first successful test flight. May 6, 2010, the first simulated flight deck of the land to take off. The only aircraft in service as early as 2016.
F -15 photo released also shows that the PLA is enhancing its transparency. Canada, “Chinese Defense Review” magazine editor Andrei Chang that photos show the new aircraft has passed the factory tests, the upcoming flight test.
According to a Chinese weapons experts, the F-15 avionics and missile guidance system much more advanced than the Soviet fighters. F -15 part of the technology and performance can be the main fighter aircraft and U.S. Navy single-seat F/A-18C “Hornet” fighter compared. However, the F -15 flying shorter distances, mainly because it is in the Ski Jump off the deck, so the fuel can not be too heavy to carry. U.S. carrier-based fighter with catapult take-off boost, so can carry more fuel.
However, U.S. military experts say that, F -15 fighter aircraft R & D may not be able to catch up with the progress of the water, they believe that China may be considered as the first Navy aircraft carrier in service with the land-based aircraft converted from the carrier-based aircraft, this aircraft carrier will add the aft hook on the ship and other related equipment. Moreover, they also pointed out that, after a long development, the United States, fourth-generation F-35 carrier-based fighter will soon put into use, F -15 electronic equipment used in Europe and America in the face of advanced electronic warfare aircraft, may not account for advantage.
analysis of Western defense experts said, China has announced the F-15 “Flying Shark” aircraft carrier of the picture, which shows the type of aircraft is approaching or entering a small amount of the initial production phase and will soon go to training base for aircraft carriers to adapt to the test.
London’s International Institute for Strategic Studies senior fellow Barry military aerospace, said carrier-based heavy-duty F -15 fighter forces once again to lay the foundation for the carrier, can force the maritime power projection, which has a very coastal defense Big difference. Expected that these aircraft will soon go to the training base, and gradually took the long road applicable to the aircraft carrier. F -15 fighter is likely to become the “Kuznetsov” aircraft carrier’s first aircraft carrier.
on carrier-based fighter training, the United States Jamestown Foundation has published the article said, China is actively building the domestic aircraft carrier pilot training base, while also active in overseas training pilots.
article revealed that the aircraft carrier project marks the rise of China as a maritime power, but to become a true naval power take time. September 5, 2008, “Liberation Army Daily” reported that the Dalian Naval Academy to develop a plan to recruit student pilots. The program recruited 50 pilots, four nominally acceptable carrier aviation education. But it is generally considered that the scheme is aimed at recruiting and training of the PLA Navy’s first aircraft carrier pilots. Some analysts speculated that if the reports are true, then recruited student pilot’s first pilot project will be the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s decision to make a significant indication that the aircraft carrier plans to enter the final stage of preparation.
Chinese aircraft carrier pilot training program is another mysterious place: the PLA Navy to train aircraft carrier pilots. After all, “Kuznetsov” was to become China’s first aircraft carrier. To this end, China has been the construction of training centers, actively seeking foreign expertise to help train aircraft carrier naval aviation pilots. There are also reports that China is building several aircraft carrier pilot system. According to reports, Liaoning, Hubei and Shaanxi provinces has several such facilities, designed to simulate aircraft carrier deck landing system. For example, Huludao carrier pilot training base seems almost a land-based naval aviation copy testing and training facilities design. Land-based naval aviation testing and training facilities is the most advanced ground-based facilities for the operation of the deck and flying leaps sliding block cable/tail hook landing system (U.S. and French aircraft carrier to use) the Russian-made aircraft carrier. Wuhan ground near an aircraft carrier fighter pilot simulation training system, manufactured by the concrete to “Kuznetsov” was the model, with an almost identical medium-sized aircraft carrier landing runway and bridge. It is reported that Xi’an is also used for training aircraft and engineering support specialist facilities.
According to reports, China is still hard to find in Ukraine at the Naval Air Training Center training carrier pilots. The training center is equipped with the most advanced simulator to simulate take-off from the angled deck, with the block cable landing, but also simulated emergency response operations.
F -18 more mysterious
in the analysis, carrier-based fighter aircraft F -15 speculated that China, while the U.S. media may feel not good enough, unexpectedly to send the message that China is developing a new carrier-based fighter aircraft vertical takeoff and landing.
U.S., “Defense News” weekly published by the journal office in Taipei temperature 德尔明尼克 wrote entitled “China is developing short-range vertical takeoff and landing aircraft,” the article. The article said that China’s military blog from China, said the situation, China is likely to earlier test flight on April F-18 “Red Eagle” short-range vertical takeoff and landing aircraft.
Minnick said that China’s defense industry is often mysterious to the outside world with the impression that Internet-related news and therefore difficult to prove. However, after some of the Chinese military blog at F -20 fighter before revealed secret flight case, after most were confirmed, making the foreign media by surprise. And now, some of China’s military blog appeared on the flight of the F -18 message. The outside world that the flight may be conducted in early April, but sources said the F -18 VTOL aircraft shape and similar to the Russian Su-33 series aircraft.
Japan’s “diplomats” magazine on April 25 also reported that China may be developing vertical takeoff and landing aircraft F -18 message, but the article that this may be in response to Taiwan’s future may purchase U.S. F -35B VTOL aircraft. As Taiwan is currently in the testing phase of the U.S. VTOL aircraft was interested, so the PLA Navy fighter R & D similar move may be a response to this. PLA Navy’s vertical takeoff and landing aircraft project, may also imply that it has developed a plan unknown aircraft carrier, but this is unlikely.
U.S. Washington think tank, “International Assessment and Strategy Center,” said Richard Fisher, deputy director in 2005, he was employed from a Chinese aviation industry was informed by the Chengdu Aircraft Industrial Corporation is planning a similar to the F-35B stealth fighter project. Taking into account the sea, the Chinese there are also vertical STOL aircraft development project possible. At the same time, he also pointed out that in the Chinese-language blog, there are numerous items on aircraft manufactured hearsay difficult to confirm. Including the news that the F -16 stealth fighter has been off the assembly line in Shenyang Aircraft Corporation; and heavy compared to the F-11B multi-purpose fighter, the fighter’s stealth ability is more excellent, and equipped with automatic electronic scanning phased array radar and a built-in weapons bay, will be manufactured this summer.
the same time, some of the unidentified sources have disclosed that the Chinese military blog on F -17 F -19 fighter project and fuzzy information. According to reports, J -17 is the Russian Sukhoi Su-34 fighter-bombers based remote; and F -19 F-11B is based on the prototype of the heavy multi-role fighters.
However, according to the U.S., “Defense News” weekly statement – “F -18 appearance with Russian Su-33 carrier-based fighter similar to” which does not seem possible, because to carry missiles and Su-33 bomb of the total weight of the world the only active VTOL aircraft – U.S. AV-8 “Harrier” aircraft three times the weight. In general, the weight of the vertical takeoff and landing aircraft can not achieve so much. Currently, the U.S. is also actively promoting the F-35B fighter project. The aircraft weight 50,000 pounds is a stealth vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, as early as 2016 in service. However, the current project suffered a weight of the aircraft, engine overheating, lack of spare parts and software failure and other serious problems.
photos show the F -15 fighter has passed factory tests, the upcoming flight test. F-15 avionics and missile guidance system than the more advanced Soviet fighters. F -15 part of the technology can and the U.S. Navy F-18 fighter aircraft than the main. However, the F -15 flying shorter distances, mainly because it is in the Ski Jump off the deck, so the fuel can not be too heavy to carry. U.S. carrier-based fighter with catapult take-off boost, so can carry more fuel.(edit: SN015)