Arrest Cables Installed on China’s Homegrown Aircraft Carrier


China’s first homegrown aircraft carrer Type 001A installed with arrest cable

The above photo provided by Chinese web user at lt.cjdby.net shows that arrest cables have been installed on China’s Type 001A aircraft carrier.

Source: mil.huanqiu.com “One more progress in China’s homegrown aircraft carrier disclosed: Arrest cables have been installed” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)

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China ready to build larger aircraft carriers, paper says


Reuters Staff March 2, 2018

BEIJING (Reuters) – China is ready to build larger aircraft carriers having mastered the technical ability to do so, a major state-run newspaper said on Friday ahead of the release of the country’s annual defense budget.

China already has one operational carrier, the second-hand Soviet-era Liaoning bought from Ukraine in 1998, and is carrying out tests on its first indigenously built carrier, launched last year and expected to enter service in 2020.

Liu Zheng, chairman of Dalian Shipbuilding Industry in Liaoning province, said his company and its parent, China Shipbuilding Industry Corp, the world’s largest shipbuilder, could design and build carriers.

“We have complete ownership of the expertise, in terms of design, technology, technique, manufacturing and project management, that is needed to make an advanced carrier,” Liu told the official China Daily ahead of Monday’s opening of the annual session of parliament.

China Shipbuilding said earlier this week they were developing technologies to build a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.

Little is known about China’s aircraft carrier program, which is a state secret.

State media has quoted experts as saying that China needs at least six carriers, an endeavor expected to take decades. The United States operates 10 and plans to build two more.

China’s navy has been taking an increasingly prominent role over the past year, with its first aircraft carrier sailing around self-ruled Taiwan and new Chinese warships popping up in far-flung places.

China unveils its 2018 defense budget when parliament opens next week, a closely watched figure around the region and in Washington for signs of China’s strategic intentions.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Paul Tait

Source: Reuters “China ready to build larger aircraft carriers, paper says”

Note: This is Reuters’ report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views.


China Makes 20MW Steam Turbogenerator Set for Electromagnetic Catapult


China’s homegrown 20MW ship torbogenerator for aircraft carrier with electromagnetic catapults.

Mil.huanqiu.com says in its report “Advance in Developing 20MW grade homegrown ship steam turbogenerator set with entire Chinese intellectual properties” that on January 17, China’s first homegrown steam turbogenerator set with the largest capacity of 20MW successfully passed initial test in operating at 110% capacity. It marks China’s major breakthrough in its research and development of large-capacity medium-pressure turbogenerator for warships

The capacity of turbogenerator set is several times of the largest ship turbogenerator currently in use on Chinese warships and similar to the most advanced ones in Europe and the US, but it size is small for installation on a ship and its noise level is low.

Obviously such a turbogenerator set is developed for full electric propulsion of very large warships such as aircraft carriers especially those with electromagnetic catapults.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on mil.huanqiu.com’s report, full text of which in Chinese can be viewed at http://mil.huanqiu.com/world/2018-01/11557009.html


China’s third aircraft carrier under construction, to launch in 2020?


Lucas Niewenhuis

Screen Shot of Chinese carrier taken on January 15, 2018. SubChina photo

January 5, 2018

China currently has two aircraft carriers in service: the Liaoning, which was built more than 25 years ago, bought from Ukraine, and renovated, and the Type 001A Shandong, which was designed and built completely in China and launched in April 2017. The South China Morning Post reports that the Shanghai Jiangnan Shipyard Group was “given the go-ahead to begin work” on a third carrier in March 2017. The new carrier is called the Type 002, or CV-18.
•The building process will take years. A source told the SCMP that the “shipyard is still working on the carrier’s hull, which is expected to take about two years,” and that this ship will be “more complicated and challenging” than China’s two existing carriers.
•Naval experts expect this one and a fourth to be integrated into China’s navy by 2030. This will still be far short of the total in the U.S., which has at least 10 aircraft carriers in service — and more depending on your definition.
•The new carrier will use an electromagnetic launch system that was developed by a Chinese naval engineering team two months ago.
•The Type 002 will be launched in 2020, and enter service in 2023, according to estimates (paywall) from the Diplomat.

Source: SubChina “China’s third aircraft carrier under construction, to launch in 2020?”

Note: This is SubChina’s report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views.

SCMP’s report on the same topic can be found at http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2126883/china-has-started-building-its-third-aircraft-carrier.


China’s 3rd Carrier Uses Stealth Fighters, Electromagnetic Catapults


In an interview with CCTV, China’s military expert Yin Zhuo says China’s second homegrown aircraft carrier shall use electromagnetic catapult to launch stealth fighter jets and fixed-wing AEW&C, special electronic warfare, anti-submarine aircrafts, etc.

Mil.huanqiu.com says that in its report “Yin Zhuo: Aircraft carrier with catapults will choose fifth-generation warplanes: Electromagnetic catapult technology mature” today on CCTV’s interview.

Yin says that the new carriers shall carry stealth fighters as it is the trend that other countries will have stealth fighters. Japan has already got some and South Korea will get some F-35s from the US; India will perhaps get T-40 from Russia; while Singapore and Malaysia both have desire to get some stealth fighter jets.

To carry stealth fighters, perhaps J-31 China is developing and other heavy fixed-wing warplanes indispensable for an aircraft, a carrier must use catapults. Yin believe that electromagnetic catapults are better than steam ones and that China’s technology is more mature than US ones with lots of successful tests. According to Yin, the electromagnetic catapults that the US has installed on its new aircraft carrier the Ford still have some problems to resolve.

Summary by Chan Kai Yee on mil.huanqiu.com’s report, full text of which in Chinee can be viewed at http://mil.huanqiu.com/china/2017-12/11419667.html.


China’s 2nd Homegrown Carrier Must Use Electromagnetic Catapult


China’s ground test electromagnetic catapult. Mil.huanqiu.com photo

In my post “China’s Aircraft Carrier to Have Homegrown Electromagnetic Catapult” yesterday, I quoted SupChina’s report “China upgrades its carrier and pushes its ocean claims” as saying that according the South China Morning Post (SCMP), China has “developed a medium-voltage, direct-current transmission network” to equip its conventionally powered Type 002 carrier with an electromagnetic aircraft launch system.

On the day, Chinese military expert Yin Zhuo says in “Asia Today” of CCTV4 that China’s medium-voltage, direct-current integrated power system is more than 10 years advanced than US medium-voltage, alternating-current integrated power system that has been installed on US newest Zumwalt-class destroyer.

According to CCTV4, Chinese integrated power system is highly efficient so that a conventionally powered aircraft carrier has enough power for electromagnetic catapult. As a result China will go its own way in building conventionally powered instead of nuclear powered aircraft carrier.

According to Yin Zhuo, electromagnetic catapults installed on US newest aircraft carrier the Ford have had quite a few accidents and even a quite serious accident in their test operation. China’s however has successfully sent J-15s to the sky more than a thousand times. Due to its satisfactory performance, Yin says that China’s second homegrown Type 002 aircraft carrier must use electromagnetic catapult.

CCTV4 compared Type 002 with Type 001 under construction. Type 002 will have a displacement of 80,000 tons, much bigger than the 65,000 tons of Type 001. It will have 48 J-15 fighter jets, 12 more than the 36 J-15s that Type 001 has. It will in addition have 4 AEW&C aircrafts indispensable for an aircraft carrier sailing far away from homeland. Chinese fixed-wing AEW&C aircraft is too heavy to take off from Type 001, but they can take off from Type 002 with the help of electromagnetic catapult.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on CCTV4’s report, which can be viewed at http://tv.cctv.com/live/cctv4/index.shtml?stime=1509622200&etime=1509624000&type=lbacks.


China’s Aircraft Carrier to Have Homegrown Electromagnetic Catapult


SupChina says in its report “China upgrades its carrier and pushes its ocean claims” that according the South China Morning Post (SCMP), China has “developed a medium-voltage, direct-current transmission network” to equip its conventionally powered Type 002 carrier with an electromagnetic aircraft launch system.

The report says, “The system ‘would mean less wear and tear on the planes and allow more aircraft to be launched in a shorter time than the ski and steam-catapult systems.’”

The US is dealing with the challenges of the electromagnetic catapult on its nuclear powered carrier, but China has developed such catapult on conventionally powered carrier.

The report says, “Several military sources also boasted to the SCMP that the technology surpassed the jet launch technology of some U.S. aircraft carriers.”

Moreover, it says, “An expert in military technology told the SCMP that the new technology could in the future also be used to launch missiles and satellites.”

What? A Chinese carrier will be both a floating air base and air defense and can even fight a star war by launching an ASAT satellite!

The US promised to sell its electromagnetic catapult to India, but India has no nuclear powered carrier and even 65,000-ton INS Vishal it is planning to build in the future is not nuclear powered so that there remains the question whether it has enough power to operate the catapult provided by the US.

India had better buy Chinese one to equip its conventionally powered carriers, but is China willing to sell given that India is joining the US to contain China.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on SupChina’s report, full text of which can be viewed at http://supchina.com/2017/11/01/china-upgrades-carrier-pushes-ocean-claims-chinas-latest-political-current-affairs-news/