China Builds Steam Catapult, Large Aircrafts with Ukrainian Technology


Soviet steam catapult

Soviet steam catapult

Chinese prototype of steam catapult

Chinese prototype of steam catapult

Ukrainian large aircraft

Ukrainian large aircraft

Ukrainian large transport

Ukrainian large transport

Mil.news.sina.com says in its report on March 27 that China has built a prototype of steam catapult as it has got top secret blueprints of the catapult that the Soviet Union had developed for its first nuclear aircraft carrier the Ulyanovsk, which was being built and then scrapped when the Soviet Union collapsed. Ukrainian experts helped China build the prototype.

As China has mastered the technology to build a more advanced electromagnetic catapult, China will not install any steam catapults in its future nuclear aircraft carrier. However, the technology learnt from the steam catapult has certain been very helpful.

In addition, according to mil.eastday.com’s report a few days earlier, Ukraine has moved its large aircraft production line to China. The technology China has learnt from the production line will greatly help China in developing large airliners, transport aircrafts and strategic bombers.

Sources: mil.news.sina.com “Depth Column: How close is the friendship between Ukraine and China?: Provision of top secret of Soviet nuclear aircraft carrier” and mil.eastday.com “Through cooperation with that country, it is hopeful for China to greatly upgrade its large aircraft technology” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the reports in Chinese)

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