Chinese Official verifies rumours that China is building an Aircraft Carrier

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  1. WatchingWater

    WatchingWater Old-Salt Book Reviewer

    'The head of China's General Staff of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) has confirmed that China's first aircraft carrier is under construction.

    Gen Chen Bingde refused to say when the carrier - a remodelled Soviet-era vessel, the Varyag - would be ready.

    A member of his staff said the carrier would pose no threat to other nations.

    The 300m (990ft) carrier, which is being built in the north-east port of Dalian, has been one of China's worst-kept secrets, analysts say.'

    BBC News - China aircraft carrier confirmed by general

    BBC Analysis here:
    BBC News - Aircraft carrier symbol of China's naval ambitions
  2. In other news, Billy Knobbottom, 11, of Pissend Lancs, built a well-wicked 'crossbow' out of a couple of old drumsticks and his little sister's elastic hair ties.
  3. ISTR a similar quote from one of Hirohito's spokesmen.
  4. Nay, Nay for all you's warmongers
    It's a floating Casino !

    Cumming ta ya location shorty.
  5. A Chinese aircraft carrier is no threat to anybody.

    How long do you think it will be at sea before it has a major structural failure?
  6. seaweed

    seaweed LE Book Reviewer

  7. Command_doh

    Command_doh LE Book Reviewer

    Not really news is it? One of 20 or 50, no doubt eventually.
  8. Bit of a pointless build if it cant do the job!
  9. seaweed

    seaweed LE Book Reviewer

    Means, I think, no thleat to those who lecognise Chinese tellitorial boundalies. Unfortunately in the S China Sea the Chinese version of the boudary line includes several islands, some extremely small (and therefore their surrounding sea) that are claimed by other nations.

    Being dismissive of this project makes as much sense as the old assumptions that Japanese couldn't fly very well because of myopia, and that they would not be able to attack through the Malayan jungle. It will of course be some years before this ship is fully equipped and worked up. I would expect the Chinese to be tracking US catapult development with great interest and not a few dollars.
  10. So secret it's even plainly visible on Google earth!
  11. Yeah, it's 15- 20 yrs down the line that this 'game changer' will kick in.

    China: a space power and with a surface fleet? Am I beling alarmist to see them vieing with the US of A for world hegemony?

    Are China trying to be the new USSR [a 2nd super-power] but with a capitalist system to pay for it all?
  12. Saw on the news this morning that the Chinese have even built a full scale model of the carrier on dry land, so their navy types can practice and "war-game" before the real version is ready for its sea trials. Only in China.
  13. Wonder were HMS Invincable will end up havent they already put in a bid via a 3rd party for it
  14. Wordsmith

    Wordsmith LE Book Reviewer

    You have to develop a new (for the Chinese) military capability in increments. Having a functioning (albeit obsolescent) carrier will give the Chinese practical experience. I would image that after several years of operating from it, they'll be in a position to design a home grown carrier.

    They'll also have experience of how aircraft need to be designed to operate in that environment: stresses from being catapulted and arrested on landing, how to overcome salt water corrosion, etc. They'll also learn about supplying AEW, etc, from a carrier.

    As Civil_Civilian remarked, it's a potential game changer 15 - 20 years down the road. By then China might have several Carrier Task Forces, Air Groups to match, and the required supporting warships and supply train. Then the fun'll begin....

  15. All of which is utterly irrelevant to a bankrupt little island off a declining continent half a world away.
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