China has a new Aircraft Carrier that beats anything America ever had.
“This is quantum leap above anything we have on the drawing board. They have thought “outside the box” on this one. Better speed, larger capacity, much more stable, etc. Definitely a “blue-water” long reach vessel. Plus they can service their nuke sub fleet in-between the twin hulls ( sight unseen ) or even launch amphibious opps from same. It will be launched in half the time it takes the USA at just one-third the cost. Add the new Chinese stealth fighter bomber (naval version already flight-testing) in the mix and you have the makings of a formidable weapons system indeed. Also look at that extra ”parking and readiness” station between both hull structures. And of course the launching and landing capabilities from the utilization of twin flight decks at once.
China ‘s new carrier could be twice as fast as anything we have, plus the stability of a catamaran type hull will greatly reduce the pitching, yawing and swaying common to our present designs.
You still want to say : “Junk made in China ?”
China’s Long Term Military Strategy
The Chinese military at sea is about to become much more potent. China plans to equip its latest submarine fleet with long-range nuclear missiles later this year, and according to Admiral Samuel Locklear – head of U.S. Pacific Command – specific focus is on a new ballistic missile with an estimated range of 4,000 nautical miles, or 7,500 kilometers.
Referring to China’s production of the JIN-class nuclear powered ballistic missile sub and the new JL-2 missile on board, Locklear said, “This will give China its first credible sea-based nuclear deterrent, probably before the end of 2014,” adding, “China’s advance in submarine capabilities is significant. They possess a large and increasingly capable submarine force.”
In its current arsenal, China has five nuclear attack submarines, four nuclear ballistic missile submarines, and 53 diesel attack submarines, according to Jess Karotkin of the Office of Naval Intelligence. Highlighting Beijing’s fairly fast annual pace of production, the Congressional Research Service asserts that China has manufactured 2.9 submarines per year between 1995 and 2012.
What is China’s ultimate objective? In the Pentagon’s view, and also reiterated by Locklear, Beijing aims in part “to deny US access to the Western Pacific during a time of crisis or conflict and to provide the means by which China can bolster its broad maritime claims in the region,” adding that its military operations are “expanding in size, complexity, duration and geographic location.”
Read more at China’s Long Term Military Strategy.