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4-5 years for China’s aircraft carrier to be combat ready

Liaoning Aircraft Carrier

In my post yesterday, I provided official Chinese media Xinhua’s photos of a J-15 fighter taking off from and landing on China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier.

China’s official television station CCTV gave footage of the taking-off and landing yesterday which can be seen at: http://news.cntv.cn/program/xwlb/20121125/104305.shtml

According to mil.huanqiu.com, five pilots have smoothly landed J-15s and taken off, and it proved that previous training on the land has been quite successful.

The taking-off and landing in fact took place for the first time on November 20, though the relevant footage was not displayed until yesterday.

Though quite a few analysts believed that it had to take a long time before China had carrier-based aircrafts and trained pilots to operate the aircrafts, I was not surprised that the J-15 fighters China specially developed for its carrier could be ready so soon and that China was able to train pilots so quickly.

In my post The Mystery of China’s Homegrown Aircraft Carriers, I said, “according to the annual report of the State Oceanic Administration (SOA), China’s State Council made a decision in 2003 that China should become a maritime superpower.

“That was confirmed by China’s Ocean Development Report, which said in 2010 that China had the idea and made a plan for building aircraft carriers in order to become a maritime superpower.”

Since China began to refit the hulk of the Liaoning, it has been doing lots of research and development to supply everything needed by the carrier and training pilots for it.

The hulk costs only US$100 million including its transport cost of US$80 million, but China has spent nearly US$2 billion in refitting it. No wonder then that China can get J-15 fighters and pilots ready soon after the carrier was commissioned, since China has spent 7 years and so much money for it.

The success in taking off and landing is indeed a crucial step in developing China’s aircraft carrier, but according to Chinese military experts such as Beijing-based naval expert Li Jie and Senior Colonel Zhang Junshe, deputy director of China’s Navy Military Academic Research Institute, there are still a lot of things to be done for the ship to be combat ready.

Zhang said that carrier-based early warning and anti-submarine aircraft, and anti-submarine helicopters, are indispensable, and it takes time to develop them. Even J-15 fighters that have successfully taken off and landed on the carrier will not really be combat ready for another 2 years. In Zhang’s opinion, the establishment of an aircraft combat group is so complicated that it has to take about 4 or 5 years to complete.

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Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee


2 thoughts on “4-5 years for China’s aircraft carrier to be combat ready

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