CV-XX (003 carrier) Thread I ... News & Discussions


MarkD

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There's all sorts of scenarios involving Taiwan where Chinese carriers would come in useful in sealing off the Western Pacific.

For one, suppose the US believes that it can still successfully resupply Taiwan in a conventional war, because it has more carriers and can push forward from Guam. Control of the waters beyond the 2nd island chain means the US Navy could perform a maritime blockade of China.

On the other hand, if China has a larger blue-water carrier fleet, then it is the Chinese Navy which has the ability to control the sea lanes and ensure global trade continues.

China needs a larger carrier fleet to successfully deter the US from intervening with Taiwan.
If China has a smaller fleet, it's not enough of a deterrent as the US could believe it can win a conventional war.

Who has sea-control is also part of the calculation that smaller countries will make in deciding where they stand between China and the USA.

I doubt China is worried about US all that much in the western Pacific. 003 and 004 are aimed at Taiwan, not at US.
 

AndrewS

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I doubt China is worried about US all that much in the western Pacific. 003 and 004 are aimed at Taiwan, not at US.

Taiwan is only 200-300km from mainland China. That's less than 20minutes flight at cruising speed.

You don't need aircraft carriers when mainland China airbases are that close.

Aircraft carriers only become useful when operating far from an airbase.
 

MarkD

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Taiwan is only 200-300km from mainland China.

You don't need aircraft carriers when mainland China airbases are that close.

Aircraft carriers only become useful when operating far from an airbase.

Taiwan is 125 km from mainland China (google map distance tool). While it's true Chinese land based aircraft have no trouble reaching Taiwan, surrounding Taiwan with several aircraft carrier battle groups is psychological warfare, and also provides quick deployment to quickly seize control of the island should the opportunity arise, similar to how Russia quickly seized control of Crimea before US could react.
 

Temstar

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Are you sure this not a superduper dreadnought with 12 18-inch electromagnetic rail guns mounted on 4 separate turrets...i'm kidding. Still, outline of this vessel is just amazing.
Well not this one, but I keep hearing rumours about a 30,000 ton "all energy warship" (全能舰) concept. Don't be too surprised if many years down the line we see a modern day Chinese Kirov class.
 

Josh Luo

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Well not this one, but I keep hearing rumours about a 30,000 ton "all energy warship" (全能舰) concept. Don't be too surprised if many years down the line we see a modern day Chinese Kirov class.
It is going to be a lot more than the Kirov. Many new concepts, censor fusions, and weapon systems will be included for such a dreadnaught.
 

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