00X/004 future nuclear CATOBAR carrier thread

charles18

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No such announcement has been made. The admiral just said there was no technological bottleneck for the 4th carrier. But we don't even know what they plan for the 4th carrier.
The only thing we know for certain is there will be jealous people posting "news" articles claiming there are "cracks" on the deck of the Type 004 carrier and China "copied" the technology.
 

henrik

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There is speculation on Chinese social media that they are building two CVN at the same time, since they don't have any technological issues. They are speculating they are building at both DL and JN shipyards.
 

Wrought

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I will be surprised if it is the case

Yes, that would surely be a radical departure from PLAN conservatism. They built 002 with a ramp, they built 003 conventional, and now suddenly they're abandoning all caution and jumping into two clean sheet CVNs? There's "not having technical issues," and then there's "not wasting billions on a premature investment." I'm very skeptical this is anything more than overexcited imaginations. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
 

TK3600

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I am skeptical of double build, but confident of nuclear propulsion.

Perhaps the double build is just the structure. The engine will be tested on one ship and then 2nd ship is only filled when subsystem of first is tested?.
 

charles18

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I am skeptical of double build, but confident of nuclear propulsion.
I agree.

There's some pretty wild claims floating on the internet.
Supposedly China is currently building 2 Thorium powered super carriers. The proponents of this theory have failed to explain what military advantages would thorium have over uranium in regard to CVN's. Furthermore we do not have a good understanding of how much would it cost to convert thorium 232 into uranium 233. Is it any cheaper than just enriching uranium?....probably Not.

Anyway, realistically speaking, the Type 004 is going to be powered by uranium PWR reactors.
The only thing that is left for speculation is what will the enrichment rate be:
Medium --- 20% enriched uranium or
High --- 90% enriched uranium
I am going to stick my neck out and make a wild guess and say 20% enrichment. Why? A 20% enriched naval reactor opens up the possibility of using a civilian grade naval reactor which can be mass produced, bringing the costs down. Cost effective Nuclear marine propulsion would be a game changer.....or I could be totally wrong.
 
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