China Wants toBuild a Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier Within 7 Years
The ChinaShipbuilding Industry Corporation announced on Tuesday a list of ambitions ithopes to achieve in weaponry and technical developments for the People'sLiberation Army-Navy by 2025, the state-backed Global Times reported.
The defensecompany said it will "speed the up the process of making technologicalbreakthroughs in nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, new-type nuclearsubmarines, quiet submarines, maritime unmanned intelligent confrontationsystems, maritime three-dimensional offensive and defensive systems and navalwarfare comprehensive electronic information systems," according to the GlobalTimes.
It was the firsttime a Chinese defense firm revealed that a nuclear-powered aircraft carrierwas on its list of priorities, the Global Time notes, adding that the ChinaShipbuilding Industry Corporation "removed the sentence involvingnuclear-powered vessels from the announcement on its site." It's unclearwhy this action was taken.
For now, China'snavy has two aircraft carriers running on conventional oil. The French Navy'sflagship, the Charles de Gaulle, is the only non-US aircraft carrier powered bynuclear reactors. Each Nimitz-class and Ford-class carrier in the US Navy is orwill be run by nuclear power.
China's ambitionis to have four carrier groups operating with the People's Liberation Army-Navyby 2030. The Liaoning is currently the only carrier in the fleet, but the Type001A is expected to go into full service by the end of 2018. The Type 001A wasthe first aircraft carrier built by shipyard workers in China, yet China isalready at work building its third domestically produced carrier. The Liaoningis derived from an old and unfinished Soviet hull Beijing purchased fromUkraine, the Varyag, which was to have become a Kuznetsov-class carrier beforethe Soviet Union was dissolved.
22:57 28.02.2018 |-4
and they may verywell do it. But, as was stated yesterday by a commentator, in this age ofdifferent types of weapons, the carrier becomes a target...a carrier is notthat effective at the bottom of the ocean...
22:57 28.02.2018 |-4
Lol can’t believehow far Russia and China are in term of miltary and technology
02:02 01.03.2018 |-1
China has figuredout (as did the Soviet Union) that it is much harder to sink an aircraftcarrier than the armchair generals would have you believe. Hence, they aremoving at warp-speed to build their own fleet to counter the U.S. China's"carrier killer" ballistic missiles are only useful againststationary ships. They can't target moving ships on the open ocean. The Sovietsand the U.S. tried and abandoned anti-ship ballistic missiles for the exactsame reason. You can't hit a moving target with a ballistic missile, onlystationary targets.
Anti-ship missileshave been around for 70 years. It's been 75 years since an aircraft carrier wassunk, despite carriers (U.S., U.K., and France) taking on nations thatpossessed the latest and greatest anti-ship missiles. China understands thisand is acting accordingly to build their own competitive fleet.
India NuclearIndia nuclear-USA-19 hours ago
No worry. India isbuilding nuclear powered bullock carts
India Sick Man OfSouth Asia2958 India Sick Man Of South-Hyderabad-41 mins ago
China might have anuclear-powered aircraft carrier in the water by 2025 to bolster its maritimedefences, according to the country’s main supplier of warships. Let see by 2025when china got it. remember the date.
SaranathanLakshminarasimhan20257 SaranathanLakshminarasimhan-chennai-11 hours ago
it is a danger tothe world
They can make allthe aircraft carriers they want, but it will take years for them to learnCOMBAT tactics that the "west" has been sharpening since WW2.
And that were souseful to the US to win in North Vietnam, to pacify Iraq, to give back Crimeato Ukraine and to force Iran to give up their nuclear program
Those largecarriers will be very vulnerable sailing through those 3 large natural islandchains that lie between China and the oceans. India's BrahMos anti-ship missileis 1-shot-1-kill and can knock out any surface vessel China cares to field -even a CVN.
Maybe, but it'sdifficult to do that, and I don't think it would be like aircraft of U.S
We will see how itgoes, and it will be interesting to compare with the parallel Indian carrierdevelopment project.
Both basically aregoing on similar tracks, having bought refurbished Soviet carriers to workwith. Then build their own domestic conventionally powered carrier that isfullsize(so no more ski jump), then full size nuclear.
India is a bitahead in the professional experience having also bought a former Britishcarrier they recently decommissioned, but the PLAN is making very quick stridesand has an aggressively expanding shipbuilding industry with a domestic builthull well underway.
We will also seehow serious they are about the nuclear part, it can be a huge drain onresources and mean long periods of time that each ship is down for maintenancework. The US is willing to make the trade because they essentially go by therule of having 3 carriers for every 1 that is available at any one time.
But for Francewith just the De Gaulle it means long periods of time without a carrieravailable, and it played a part in why the British decided against nuclear fortheir 2 new Queen Elizabeth class ships.
Oceanic Chernobyldoesn't sound preferable
i think by thetime china overtakes usa and becomes the world leading superpower globalwarming will knock us back to the dark ages for another millennium
china will neverbe the world leading super power. not in our sons and daughters lifetime atleast.
you don't have todown vote me it's not like i want it to happen but it appears to beinevitable!!
That's a verynarrow and overly optimistic view. At their current pace, they will be passingus at speed in 25-30 years.
Unlike the WestChina can and will use authoritarian tactics to keep it's economy afloat. It'sa lot more direct than the US.
The US has 11 ofthose already, right?
Yep. People Idon't think comprehend just how advanced the US military is. We usually havethings decades before anyone else and by the time they get it we are phasing itout. Just look at stealth aircraft. The only reason China was able to make oneis because we crashed one and they captured and reverse engineered it. By thetime they had done that we were phasing them out for drones.
Also recently someRussian mercenaries tried to assault a US held position in Syria. They gotabsolutely obliterated. It was an armored column and in under 90 seconds the USforces had eliminated all their vehicles. The assault lost about 1/3 of their300 or so total manpower.
That may hold truenow, but China really is leaping forward with infrastructure and tech. I cansee them passing the US in stride in a few decades if they keep this pace. Weare ahead, but it is shortsighted to say we are untouchable so.
Only reason Chinadoesn't have these sooner is because they spend their money on things that helptheir people like universal healthcare and bullet trains.
US has 11 Nimitzclass carriers but how do they help your average fellow american in their dayto day life? Lol
Jizzlobber58 8 小時前
That's notactually a thing in China.