I agree with President Trump on EMALS. To me steam catapults are a tried and true system that works. I do not think EMALS will be removed from Ford or Kennedy.
True.....however apparently the USN thought it was working properly.
Question. Are their any videos of the PLAN EMALS system? Thank you.
edit..I found one. Too bad I do not understand Chinese..
This is the third time that Trump touched the topic of US super carrier program since he moved into the White House in 2017. The significance of this news is that it is a clear indication that the US Navy's newest catapult toy hasn't worked properly after tons of money has been spent to improve it. It looks like Trump is losing his patience to the EMALS that he thought was a waste from the beginning. This news may also confirm Gen. Ma Weiming's claim that US's EMALS is decades behind Chinese EMALS.
I am holding my breath to watch if Trump really goes that far to order the EMALS removed from the Ford. Well, anything can happen now when the words "Wrong" and "Overhaul" are used by a guy whose mental stability is always a hot topic of the media.
USN's confidence means nothing to Trump. Trump needs carriers and he needs them now. He has means to get what he wants and he won't let anything block his way.True.....however apparently the USN thought it was working properly.
Those are opposite points. If you patent it, you're providing almost a blue-print for it. Then any other country can build for self-use it as long as they don't sell it. It's not like you can legally force them to open up their aircraft carrier for inspection to see if they violated your patent.The CV-18 program should patent their EMALS technology and they should guard their trade secrets from foreign spies.
I've seen that mentioned as well, and it certainly doesn't sound unreasonable for a follow up hull to be built immediately after 003 at JN.Recently, some people speculate that the 003 production area in JNCX is capable of constructing more than one CV at one time. The theory is that, once the modules for 003 are moved to drydock for final assembly and launch preparation, modules for 004 can be assembled on land (where the 003 modules currently are). By the time 003's hull is complete and launched, 004 modules will be ready to be transferred to drydock.
As always, I don't encourage anyone to place faith in unsubstantiated rumors. Please take these speculations with a heap of salt.
It seems to me that these rumors are plausible to an extent. If there will be two conventional CVs, then it makes sense for both to be constructed at Jiangnan, because Dalian is upgrading its facilities for CVN production and will not be ready until 2021-22. Also, since the new assembly area at JNCX is here to stay, it makes sense to start putting 004 into the pipeline as soon as the facilities allow (assuming there are no critical issues in 003's design that need to be redone with the 004).
Assuming this scenario, if we consider that 003 can have modules in drydock by early 2020 and launched 2021 (having started construction in 2017), then 004 construction could begin as early as 2020, moved to drydock by 2023, and launched in 2024. By this time, the CVN production at Dalian would also be active, if we hypothesize that 005 construction begins around 2022 and launches in 2025-27. This would give the PLAN a 5-carrier navy by 2030, which is in line with current predictions. These are my shower thoughts and my two cents on the matter.
The only problem with this reasoning is that it suggests 004 will not be nuclear. I don't know how to reconcile this narrative with the possibility of a nuclear 004.
These rumors should not be interpreted as though they are going to happen, but we can entertain the possibility, and foster some discussion while we wait for more 003 photos.
Hull 1 = 001 = 16 LiaoningThe indications that 003 would be followed up by a nuclear powered carrier was always vague as to whether the nuclear carrier would be the immediate next carrier built or if they would build an additional 003 conventional carrier fist. If an additional 003 carrier is built, would that carrier be considered "004" or will it be "003 hull 2"?
That is certainly one possible explanation, but I don't think that is set in stone yet.Hull 1 = 001 = 16 Liaoning
Hull 2 = 002 = outfitting Dalian
Hull 3 = 003 = first modules in JNCX
Hull 4 = 004 = nothing seen for now
and so on ...
001 means simply "hull no. xxx", no specific type, propulsion or class or something else.