075 LHD discussion


weig2000

Captain
Would it be possible for the Type 75 to have "EMALS" retrofitted onto it? Or does China have any plans of getting any VTOL fighter jets for it?

Not worth it, but PLAN plans to build 076, which can be considered an upgrade of 075 with EMALS and UCAV/UAV, not VTOL. It also will have a larger displacement and be powered by four gas turbine engines instead of diesels with 075.
 

charles18

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Not worth it, but PLAN plans to build 076, which can be considered an upgrade of 075 with EMALS and UCAV/UAV, not VTOL. It also will have a larger displacement and be powered by four gas turbine engines instead of diesels with 075.
If the primary objective is to launch UAV's using an EMALS system why not just build another Type 003? There problem solved, no need to design a whole new ship.
good idea / bad idea
 

Intrepid

Captain
The real motivation for EMALS on 076 seem to be launching fixed-wing Early Warning & Control Aircraft. You don't just add catapults on an Amphibious Assault Ship just to fly off some UCAVs.
Early warning aircraft have large wingspans and take up a lot of space on the flight deck. The catapult track and runway must be very wide.
 

lcloo

Senior Member
The real motivation for EMALS on 076 seem to be launching fixed-wing Early Warning & Control Aircraft. You don't just add catapults on an Amphibious Assault Ship just to fly off some UCAVs.
An amphibious assault ship with catapults would be mainly equiped with large number of UCAV for the purpose of suppresing beach defense. They don't need fixed wing EW&C aircraft for amphibious assaults missions.
 

lcloo

Senior Member
but fixed wing air to ground fighters - also with air to air capacity - could be a big win in those missions
May be, but certaintly not fixed wing EW&C. That belong to aircraft carrier.

In China's case, realistic expectation of amphibious assault engagement would be either in Taiwan or South China Seas. In either scanario, KJ-600 from type 003 (and may be type 004), and shore base KJ-200 and KJ-2000, and future Y-20 based EW&C would be part of the joint operation that will involve in space, air, land, cyber-space and sea engagement.

I don't expect KJ-600 to be able to operate from type 076 due to the width and length of top deck, limited hangar space allocation and engineering support.

I do not foresee type 076 to act alone with-out aircraft carrier and escorts. There won't be American style of global policing for China in the next few decades. And we cannot use the examples of US Navy and US Marine's LHA/LHP and F-35B to visualise future PLAN type 076 operations.

LHP or LHA should be doing what it do best in beachhead assault instead of trying to be a jeep aircraft carrier. Fighter jets, Strike jets and bombers can be supported by Y-20UA, while type 76 would carry UCAV to supports marines on the beach with their air to ground strikes as well as pin pointing enemy locations for guns/rockets and missiles..
 

Andy1974

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The real motivation for EMALS on 076 seem to be launching fixed-wing Early Warning & Control Aircraft. You don't just add catapults on an Amphibious Assault Ship just to fly off some UCAVs.
Yes you do, in fact the catapult on 076 is said to be of lower power than 003, and is not capable of launching a fixed wing fighter, let alone anything heavier.

This is a good thing.
 

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