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    Default China's refitted aircraft carrier will officialy serve in PLAN in coming Months

    CHINA'S refitted aircraft carrier will begin serving in the navy officially this year, senior military officials said yesterday. Fighter jets will soon be involved in sea trials that have been running smoothly so far, Xu Hongmeng, deputy commander of Chinese navy, said.

    "The military authorities plan to enable the commissioning of the aircraft carrier this year,"
    said Mr. Xu in Beijing.

    A spokesman for the Defense Ministry had said earlier that the carrier would be used primarily for scientific research and training of future PLAN Naval Aviation pilots.

    Military experts estimate that the carrier will be commissioned on August 1, the day of the Army in China, and will serve in the South China Sea. It has not been officialy named yet.

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    China still has a long way to go before producing its own aircraft carrier, because it must adapt to new trends of development, noted yesterday Xu Xiaoyan, Lieutenant General of the People's Liberation Army. "China will need at least three aircraft carriers," he said.
    Major General Luo Yuan, a researcher at the Academy of Military Sciences of the PLA, said that "it is entirely possible for China to build more aircraft carriers corresponding to the country's economic strength."
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    Three carriers comes down to a effective strenght of one available all the time.

    I wonder if that includes ex-Varyag or will it just be a training carrier.

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    Still lacks an air wing

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    Being listed on fleet strength means very little. They could do that tomorrow if they wanted.

    Having a trained crew, an efficeintly navigable ship, the highly specific equipment, and a trained and effective airwing... hmmm.

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    ^you only gonna have that when you have the carrier in operation for years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ayanami_tard View Post
    ^you only gonna have that when you have the carrier in operation for years.
    Aye, and before that, you've got a floating ATC tower, not a floating airfield.
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    Given the size of China's military expenditure, PLAN should have way more than a single refitted Soviet carrier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zsmoke View Post
    Given the size of China's military expenditure, PLAN should have way more than a single refitted Soviet carrier.
    There are competing priorities.

    The Communist Bosses need to weigh the cost of adding another carrier or spend more on domestic security to keep a restless nation at check.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ordie View Post
    There are competing priorities.

    The Communist Bosses need to weigh the cost of adding another carrier or spend more on domestic security to keep a restless nation at check.
    In case of slaughtering its own people, stealth jet fighters and nuclear-powered aircraft carrier is useless. WWII-era tanks and artillery plus flame-throwers are more than enough... OK, just a joke. China does spend a lot on those cutting-edge riot gears, armored vehicles with water cannon, Segway scooters, bomb squad, and that infamous Great Fire Wall, etc, but compare to its spending on real military projects: J-10, J-10B, JF-17, J-20, J-15 and other known and unknown aircraft projects, new strategic and attacking nuclear submarines, those destroyers, missile boat and landing craft, those ballistic missiles, those endless types of new tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, self-propelled artillery, rocket launchers, trucks, jeeps... and new space launch vehicles, (they are working on 3 types of new rockets to launch satellites and spacecraft) manned spacecraft, space station, chinese version of GPS, etc, They are shopping like there's no tomorrow. Spending on 'domestic security' seems minuscule to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ordie View Post
    There are competing priorities.

    The Communist Bosses need to weigh the cost of adding another carrier or spend more on domestic security to keep a restless nation at check.
    That sounds like wishful thinking. I do not think there is any problem for China to do both at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MRAPer View Post
    That sounds like wishful thinking. I do not think there is any problem for China to do both at the same time.
    How long does it take China to refit the half-finished Soviet carrier to a usable level? 12 years? Obviously they have enough money to do whatever they want. So what is the problem?

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    Default China Preps New Carrier for Aircraft Trials

    Well it looks like the day is coming when China will be able to deploy its carrier with aircraft. The Varyag/Shi Lang/ is close to be outfitted with the equipment it needs to take on aircraft. A big step for sure. Now will it use its own J-15's or something else?

    http://the-diplomat.com/flashpoints-...or-flight-ops/

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    [SIZE=-1]Varyag is an old one and it was bought for training, I think it is enough.[/SIZE]
    yes, J15 and E2000, and some [SIZE=-1]anti marine helicopters,I guess the [/SIZE][SIZE=-1]capacity will be[/SIZE][SIZE=-1] [/SIZE]20 or less J-15, a dozen [SIZE=-1]helicopter,
    but it is possible to equip more J15 on Varyag, because they could transfer some helicopters to destoryers.
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    how many J15 can it carry?
    Last edited by smileys; 03-19-2012 at 07:49 PM.

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