China wants catapult launch carriers

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Unread post17 Oct 2016, 06:34

Sorry that I don't have it in fromt of me now, but popularmechanics.com had an article about Chinese efforts to get catapult launch capability. Not for their existing ski jump, of course. And not for the one currently under construction. But plans are in for the 3rd carrier -- launch date 2030 or so.

Apparently they've already built an on land test facility and they want to get the electromagnetic tech -- not steam.

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Unread post17 Oct 2016, 07:07

I don't think people give Popular Mechanics enough credit. I'm still confounded that they didn't get a Pulitzer Prize for their work exposing the Aurora spy plane.
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Unread post17 Oct 2016, 21:14

The HMAS Melbourne had a steam catapult. No doubt the Chinese studied the design.
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Unread post17 Oct 2016, 23:19

I'm sure they will get it eventually, assuming their empire doesn't collapse in the next two decades or so. Maybe even if it does.
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Unread post19 Oct 2016, 01:45

the good thing is they wanted to skip steam and copy the new US ELM launchers which don't even work yet so that's a nice goose chase for them. :P
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Unread post19 Oct 2016, 03:37

EMALS don't work as yet? Got a link?
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Unread post19 Oct 2016, 03:40

popcorn wrote:EMALS don't work as yet? Got a link?


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Unread post19 Oct 2016, 16:07

I want a cat carrier capable carrier too, doesn't mean I'll get one though.. .:)

It's amazing to see how far behind other nations are in carrier development. Doubly so, given Washington's successful use of them over decades as both a political and military tool. Russia's carriers don't look to be anything special, being hamstrung by that ramp system they use. I think they fly Mig-29k's now? So it'd be those vs. USN Hornets, Tanker Hornets, SuperHornets, Growlers and whatever new SH variation Boeing dreams up next, lol.

I'm waiting for the E-18F Super Hornet AWACS plane next :)

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