nice find Jeff, just one question, where is that picture taken, a Z9C with a Tico in the background? what was going on there
I always said the best way to fight submarine is to deploy your own killer attack submarine, everything else is just a aid
amd i think some people need to give China just a little bit of time, let them grow for heavens sake
anyhow MPA is in the works we have already seen the pics
Z15 medium lift helo is in the works which will bring advantage over Z9C
towed array sonars are also now evident but i am not sure about bigger and more advanced hull based sonars?
current Type 056 dont have hangers but may do in the future, even if they do they will only manage a Z9C sized helo, how they are geared for ASW i am not quite sure, have we seen TAS on them? they wont hold much of a hull based sonar because of their size, plus they will be used for close shore patrol not as escorts
when ex-Varyag is deployed hopefully it will have a carrier based AWACS, along with ASW Z8 air wing, in addition to Type 052C, Type 054A and a Type 095 SSN, what more anti-submarine warfare do they want?
i think the situtaion is far from ideal but not that critical, with long range armed Maritime patrol aircraft under development the situation will soon change
theres only one thing i think is of concern, lack of helos for the Navy, we will soon have more new ships than helos in PLAN, that is something they really need to addresss
I think China should put on high priority the development of a NH-90 or Merlin sized helo designed specifically for the Navy, then deploying them in large numbers