BAD COPY: China’s Carrier Fighter Is a Reverse-Engineered Russian Sukhoi — And It’s Ridden With Problems
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BAD COPY: China’s Carrier Fighter Is a Reverse-Engineered Russian Sukhoi — And It’s Ridden With Problems

With China’s first indigenously designed aircraft carrier, the as-yet-unnamed Type 001A, set to join the country’s first carrier, the Liaoning, in active service in the coming months, the People’s Liberation Army-Navy is confronting an interesting problem: it doesn’t have enough fighter jets to fill both ships. The Liaoning can carry 40 aircraft, but operating with a short…

China Reveals Launch Date of New Aircraft Carriers
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China Reveals Launch Date of New Aircraft Carriers

Chinese media has revealed when the country is expecting to reinforce its fleet of aircraft carriers with two more domestically built vessels: the second aircraft carrier is scheduled to be launched later this year while the third one is expected in about 2021. It also provided some details about their technical characteristics. The Liaoning, which…

Chinese Aircraft Carrier Heads for Pacific to Undertake First Blue Water Exercises
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Chinese Aircraft Carrier Heads for Pacific to Undertake First Blue Water Exercises

The Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning is set to take part in its first blue water military exercises in the West Pacific, local media reports stated, citing the military. Liaoning will be part of a wider national naval formation being sent to the region. “Liaoning will conduct military drills in the West Pacific,” said People’s Liberation…

Chinese Aircraft Carrier Development. What is New?
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Chinese Aircraft Carrier Development. What is New?

The Liaoning CV-16 aircraft carrier and assigned naval aviation units conducted their first live fire training exercises in the Bohai Sea sometime last week. The drills exhibited the J-15 Flying Shark’s ability to carry both PL-12 air-to-air missiles and YJ-83 anti-ship missiles aloft, despite the weight limitations imposed by the ski-jump STOBAR operations inherent in…