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


crash8pilot

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When can we see first catapult launch from 003, 2024?

I think the problem with 003 is with it's fighter jets. It's taking too long. I'm not optimistic that it'll fly this year.
Check the J-15 thread - latest rumors (seems credible considering the progress of the 003 production) suggest CATOBAR J-15s have gone into production

If true indeed another major news: This latest image from SAC suggested that the J-15T - eventually officially as the J-15B (?) CATOBAR variant - is in production at SAC. Quite interesting it seems to feature new handles (for a CAT-launch similar to thise on the F-14) and a new HUD.

(Image via @柳絮纷飞竟不是雪 from Weibo)

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daifo

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Non Minnie Chan scmp article related to the kj-600 has 1 sentence that claim a source says a 4th carrier will start construction this year.

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MarkD

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Non Minnie Chan scmp article related to the kj-600 has 1 sentence that claim a source says a 4th carrier will start construction this year.

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I think 2 003 before moving on to 004. 003 compared to 004 is 052C compared to 052D. 004 is mass produced version.
 

crash8pilot

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J-15T yes but I'm thinking of the stealth one.


So you're saying J-15T isn't a fighter jet??
When can we see first catapult launch from 003, 2024?

I think the problem with 003 is with it's fighter jets. It's taking too long. I'm not optimistic that it'll fly this year.

FC-31/J-XY probably reaches IOE and becomes part of the PLAN Carrier Air Wing (alongside J-15Ts, J-15Ds for EW, KJ-600 for AEW, and Z-18/20 for SAR/ASW) around the same time 003 gets commissioned. The PLAN doesn't need an all-stealth strike fighter jet carrier air wing, just look at the USN where they operate 4.5-generation Super Hornets alongside fifth-generation stealth F-35Cs.
 
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MarkD

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052C to 052D is upgrade because both are 052, C and D is only upgrade.
003 and 004 are vastly different that warrant the digit being stepped up.

052D is vastly different than 052C. There's a 10 years gap between them. One is limited VLS + slanted launchers, the other is full VLS.
 

longmarch

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So you're saying J-15T isn't a fighter jet??


FC-31/J-XY probably reaches IOE and becomes part of the PLAN Carrier Air Wing (alongside J-15Ts, J-15Ds for EW, KJ-600 for AEW, and Z-18/20 for SAR/ASW) around the same time 003 gets commissioned. The PLAN doesn't need an all-stealth strike fighter jet carrier air wing, just look at the USN where they operate 4.5-generation Super Hornets alongside fifth-generation stealth F-35Cs.
I agree just think that catapult launching J-XY in 2024 would be very nice, even if it's a prototype.
 

MarkD

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I agree just think that catapult launching J-XY in 2024 would be very nice, even if it's a prototype.

J-XY is not priority. J-15 is significantly larger and that means more load and more range. There's a reason China picked the Flanker platform rather than MiG-29K which is much smaller.
 

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