Which leads me to this:
I don't think so ... They had the original ship but not the blueprints.
Well, as I said in an earlier post...But don't China have a full set of blueprints for the Ulyanovsk follow-on carrier as well?
The Chinese are doing what they can accomplish and what they can afford to get themselves injected into the Carrier world. They had to start somewhere, and they determined to be as safe about it as they could, while developing the capabilities, knowledgebase, etc. themselves.To the PLAN officials (I hope that someone's watching this forum at least): instead of copying outdated designs, pleas watch this video! Or else we're gonna go through a painful period of repetition... at least use fresh ideas...
Jeff, do you know how much it takes to introduce anything new in the PLAN? New ideas, designs, moving things forward to the edge? Those things in the video were done more than 15 years ago. If there's someone who could push changes through in the command is a mystery. They're doing something but nothing fresh. If there's time to push new ideas is right now - when they're growing. Not when stagnation and replacement will come from this wave of 'new toys' some 30 years forward.we shall see...time will tell.
Compared to what they have been working with for coastal defense, like the Type 37, the Type 056 does represent a huge step forward. They still have a massively long and complicated shoreline to defend. The Type 056 is a GREAT tool to do that with....and they need a lot of them.My only problem with PLAN is - when you have all those money why are you making loads of rudimentary 056 class ships which will be able to push Brunei Navy back home instead of pushing new ideas which will give you an edge for the future?
We see things like the new destroyers...and the Type 052D is a world class destroyer with very strong weapons and sensors. The Type 055 is going to even be more so.Not that have anything about them but all they could in case of war would be going from one naval base on the coast to another waiting for what? Because bigger boys with more powerful radars won't have to go against them with some serious money wasted on keeping them alive.
I think they do have visionaries in the right places...otherwise they could not have achieved the progress they have made in the last 15 years. I do not believe they are 20 years behind. I believe it is less than 10...but that is coming fromm a time period when they were more than 30.They don't have any visionaries in the top echelons? The tech difference is somewhat 20 years backwards like many users here wouldn't like to see? Or they're waiting for the end of the world? Because Wunderwaffe theorem is outdated - Japanese and Germans already showed that.