Posted by: Chuck | October 4, 2013

Chinese aircraft carrier, old trash, was called by the U.S. experts

Published on Feb. 28, 2013

Since the 1970s, the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has expressed interest in operating an aircraft carrier as part of its blue water aspirations, and press reports have frequently quoted senior Chinese military officials as expressing an intention to build aircraft carriers.[3] In 2011, People’s Liberation Army Chief of the General Staff Chen Bingde confirmed that China was constructing at least one aircraft carrier.[7] On September 25, 2012, China’s first aircraft carrier, Liaoning, was commissioned.

Since 1985, China has acquired four retired aircraft carriers for study, the Australian HMAS Melbourne and the ex-Soviet carriers Minsk, Kiev and Varyag. Reports state that two 50,000–60,000 ton Type 089 aircraft carriers based on the Varyag, are due to be finished by 2015.[2] Sukhoi Su-33s (navalized Flankers) are the aircraft most likely to be flown from these carriers,[8] but China is also developing its own multirole fighter, the Shenyang J-15
Chinese shipyards have gained some exposure to carrier design with the acquisition of retired hulls such as the Australian HMAS Melbourne acquired in 1985. The carrier was not dismantled for many years and according to some reports she was not completely broken up until 2002.

Through various ventures, China has also purchased the ex-Soviet carriers Minsk[11] and Kiev. These carriers have become floating amusement parks for tourists.

There had been other plans to purchase foreign second-hand carriers in the past. For example a possible deal between China and France for the sale of the Clemenceau fell through in 1997.



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