Chines carrier return after 2nd sea trial
Real or Fake? For me, it looks real, but im a noob.
^^^ There is some small difference in the landing lines, also the top search radar seems to be round one.
Waiting for more confirmation.
Looks like there is little doubt that the PLAN is going ahead with the type 056, and that she is probably going to look very closely to the illustration.
China needs 200 of these, fast.
A commercial US satellite company DigitalGlobe said "one of its satellites photographed the carrier December 8 and that an analyst found the image Tuesday while searching through photos."
US satellite gives first glimpse of China's aircraft carrier - Telegraph
The two smaller guns will be like those below:
This is truly a moment to be proud, because China has achieve world class standards in corvette class ships. Just the stealth shaping is as advanced as the UK Type 45 destroyer HMS Daring.
IMO, this is the class of vessels that would be the backbone of China's fleet to patrol our maritime periphery like Diaoyutai, Paracels and Spratlys. Our advantage vis-a-vis the USA is China is geographically close, so we can send hundreds of small, densely-packed vessels to the disputed waters to fight while US Navy fights with a heavy blue water navy.
I expect we will see Type 056 mass produced from 2012-2016. Perhaps Type 052C will continue in 2012-2013 and then in 2014 we will switch over to Type 052D air defense destroyer, which should be on-par with world class destroyers like HMS Daring. The Type 052D destroyer and our future carriers should be the backbone of the blue water navy.
Ex-Varyag is out for her 3rd sea-trial.
I find it hard to belief, but maybe they will test landing with J-15 fighters.
A first report about 3rd trial.
First Chinese aircraft carrier might soon embark on its third trial at sea - Taipei Times
According to Chinese media, People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) pilots conducted a series of low-altitude flybys on carrier-based J-15 aircraft, but no landing on deck was attempted. PLAN pilots have no experience performing difficult landings on an aircraft carrier and have been using concrete structures on land to practice on.
Unnamed sources said landings could be attempted during the third sea trial. No date has been given yet for the operation.
I'm for one happy that this 3rd started so short after the 2nd trial. Means that it went quite good & that there are no big problems right now.
But i want that they already rename it.
Looks like things are proceding smoothly. I heard rumors they've tested taking off from the CV. Landing will be the hardest part.
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