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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Oct 2020 12:58 p.m. PST


"China has claimed that its second aircraft carrier, the Shandong, is now military ready after soldiers carried out a series of live-fire drills.

The country's state broadcaster this week released a dramatic video, which shows the 50,000-tonne warship launching ammunition to blow up enemy targets during an exercise…"


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Personal logo 15mm and 28mm Fanatik Supporting Member of TMP29 Oct 2020 1:12 p.m. PST

I'm more interested in their third carrier, which is supposed to launch planes by EM catapult.

mjkerner29 Oct 2020 1:38 p.m. PST

I was going to say…sunk.

Col Durnford Supporting Member of TMP29 Oct 2020 2:33 p.m. PST

Yes, looks like they misspelled destroyed.

arealdeadone29 Oct 2020 3:44 p.m. PST

Kitted out with lots of flags which is its primary purpose.

Thresher0129 Oct 2020 7:40 p.m. PST

Ready to go to sea is a lot different than being fully operational.

I wonder how the pilot training for these is going?

Last I read there were major issues with the Chinese-built Sukhoi engines, and they were thinking they might need to opt for a smaller, jet fighter, Mig-29 derivative.

arealdeadone29 Oct 2020 8:17 p.m. PST

Both the MiG-29K and Su-33/J-15 are trash when operating off carriers. They simply can't carry a reasonable fuel or weapon load to be useful for anything other than point defence (which should be covered by escort's SAMs anyhow).

Personal logo 15mm and 28mm Fanatik Supporting Member of TMP30 Oct 2020 8:43 a.m. PST

they were thinking they might need to opt for a smaller, jet fighter, Mig-29 derivative.

The J-15's are too big and plagued with problems for carrier ops. The fighter that the Chinese may end up adopting is the FC-31 (copy of the F-35 incorporating local modifications):


Andrew Walters30 Oct 2020 9:17 a.m. PST

"Deployed" seems optimistic. I would believe "sail around".

50,000 tons, I guess that counts as a carrier. That's exactly half the weight of a Nimitz…

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Oct 2020 12:43 p.m. PST



Old Glory Sponsoring Member of TMP30 Oct 2020 1:30 p.m. PST

I would say something, however to quote Wellington in the movie Waterloo-- If there is one thing I know absolutely nothing about, it is aircraft carriers!"

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