Second, larger aircraft carrier to get J-15 jets – China

According to the Global Times

Source:Global Times Published: 2016-3-7 1:28:02

China’s second aircraft carrier will be larger and will be equipped with J-15 fighter jets, a rear admiral and a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference said.

The new aircraft carrier will be larger than aircraft carrier Liaoning, though it will still carry the J-15, China’s first-generation multipurpose carrier-borne fighter jet, Yin Zhuo – also a senior researcher with the People’s Liberation Army Navy Equipment Research Center – was quoted by news site as saying Sunday.

The Liaoning has a full displacement of more than 50,000 tons, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

Yin said the new aircraft carrier will also feature a new design that will allow the vessel to carry more ammunition, aircraft and fuel, greatly improving its self-sufficiency and combat effectiveness at sea.

Yin also revealed that the aircraft on the new carrier will be similar to the Liaoning and will include early warning aircraft, anti-submarine aircraft and health evacuation helicopters, in addition to the J-15 fighters.

The construction of China’s second aircraft carrier, the country’s first to be independently designed, was announced by Ministry of Defense spokesperson Yang Yujun on December 31, 2015.


See details of China’s carrier: HERE

China CG of 2nd carrierJ-15 fighterChina Navy AEW Y7J-03Actual picture some sources indicate it as Y7J-03

A 2014 US Congressional report on China’s military capability and production capability provides the following assessment. China’s acquisition of platforms, weapons, and systems has emphasized qualitative improvements, not quantitative growth, and centered on improving its ability to strike opposing ships at sea and operate at greater distances from the Chinese mainland.

China’s power projection capability will grow rapidly between now and 2020 with the addition of up to approximately 60 new submarines and surface ships; China’s first carrier-based aviation wing and second aircraft carrier; and 600 new modern combat aircraft, including China’s first fifth-generation fighters.

Navy Shipbuilding

China’s shipbuilders already have surpassed their counterparts in Western Europe, Japan, and South Korea in terms of the number and types of ships they can produce; China’s shipbuilders could reach the technical proficiency of Russian shipbuilders by 2020 and approach the technical proficiency of U.S. shipbuilders by 2030. China has demonstrated it is capable of manufacturing a wide range of naval combatants, including patrol boats, frigates, destroyers, large amphibious ships, and conventional and nuclear submarines and is developing its first indigenous aircraft carrier. Jesse Karotkin, senior intelligence officer for China at the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), testified to the Commission that ‘‘during 2013 alone, over fifty naval ships were laid down, launched, or commissioned, with a similar number expected in 2014.’

Navy Technology

From 2000 to June 2014, China’s aggregate number of submarines and surface ships increased slightly from 284 to 290, while its overall capabilities improved significantly as it rapidly replaced legacy platforms with modern ones equipped with advanced, long-range weapon systems and sensors. China’s modern ships also tend to be larger than legacy platforms, allowing them to handle rougher seas, hold more fuel and supplies for long deployments, mount more weapons, and carry larger crews to support a broader set of missions.

As of June 2014, the PLA Navy had 5 nuclear attack submarines (SSNs); 4 nuclear ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs); 39 diesel attack submarines (SS); 12 diesel air-independent attack submarines (SSP); 1 aircraft carrier; 24 destroyers (DD) and guided missile destroyers (DDG); 63 frigates (FF), light frigates, and guided-missile frigates (FFG); about 85 missile-equipped patrol craft; and 57 medium and large amphibious ships.

China is pursuing a new class of nuclear attack submarines, the Type 095 SSGN. Although details of the program are unavailable in open sources, Mr. Karotkin testified to the Commission that the Type 095 may ‘‘provide a generational improvement in many areas such as quieting and weapon capacity’’ and carry the PLA Navy’s first submarine-launched land attack cruise missile.

Type 95 submarine

Furthermore, China is pursuing joint-design and production of four to six Russian advanced diesel-electric attack submarines containing Russia’s latest submarine sonar, propulsion, and quieting technology. The deal would improve the PLA Navy’s capabilities and assist China’s development of quiet submarines, thus complicating future U.S. efforts to track and counter PLA Navy submarines.

China’s expanding inventory of modern submarines has significantly enhanced China’s ability to strike foreign surface ships, including those of the U.S. Navy, near major seas lines of communication in the Asia Pacific.

Congressional report expects China Navy Shipbuilding Technical Proficiency to catch up to Russia by 2020 and the USA by 2030

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