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China conducts flight landing on aircraft carrier
Updated: 2012-11-25 02:18
LIAONING AIRCRAFT CARRIER - China has successfully conducted flight landing on its first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, naval sources said.

A new J-15 fighter jet was used as part of the landing exercise.

After its delivery to the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy on September 25, the aircraft carrier has undergone a series of sailing and technological tests, including the flight of the carrier-borne J-15.

Capabilities of the carrier platform and the J-15 have been tested, meeting all requirements and achieving good compatibility, the PLA Navy said.

Since the carrier entered service, the crew have completed more than 100 training and test programs.

The successful flight landing also marked the debut of the J-15 as China's first generation multi-purpose carrier-borne fighter jet, the PLA Navy said.

Designed by and made in China, the J-15 is able to carry multi-type anti-ship, air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles, as well as precision-guided bombs.

The J-15 has comprehensive capabilities comparable to those of the Russian Su-33 jet and the US F-18, military experts estimated.
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China's Aircraft Carrier Hit A Huge Milestone
Robert Johnson | Nov. 23, 2012,


Amid the recent political shift within Chinese politics, the effort at modernizing and advancing its military has remained unchanged.

Minnie Chan of the South China Morning Post reports that to demonstrate this unwavering effort, China today confirmed the first successful carrier landings of its J-15 fighter aboard its first aircraft carrier the Liaoning.
The landings are the culmination of a years-long effort at refitting the Soviet-era carrier, originally christened the Varyag, and are perhaps the most difficult technical carrier maneuvers to accomplish.
Testing on land-based, carrier shaped decks, has been going on for months, so this recent achievement is causing a bit of celebration. While not the culmination of China's entry into a functioning carrier military power, the successful landings put it on track to enter that club with gusto when it adds additional carriers to the group.
The Liaoning will no doubt serve as China's training carrier, where it cuts its teeth on the technical and tactical challenges facing flattop operations. Rumors have persisted for some time that Beijing was building two indigenous carriers as well, but proof of that has yet to be seen.

If those rumors turn out to be groundless, it likely won't be long before China is producing carriers on its own as Chinese shipbuilders are already clamoring for the chance.

The jet that performed the arrested landing, the J-15, is believed to be a near clone of Russia's Su-33 carrier-based fighter and was seen sporting Russian AL-31 turbofan engines in 2009. While Russian military officials have played down the J-15's achievement and said China will no doubt continue seeking to purchase Su-33s, it's not likely to get any, and the J-15 may prove they don't need them regardless.
China and Russia are at a long-standing impasse over military deals after China ripped the Russian Su-27SK design and cloned it into the Shenyang J-11B, violating all sorts of intellectual property agreements.
Finally, these developments come as the U.S. announces the USS Nimitz is so dysfunctional it cannot be deployed and is pulling the USS Eisenhower from the Persian Gulf for a quick ref-fit before sending it back to cover for the Nimitz.
The Nimitz is about 40 years old and discovered a major problem with its propulsion system during pre-deployment maneuvers. No word on how long it may be out of rotation, but the Eisenhower will be picking up the slack, at least in the near future.



Reports hail aircraft carrier's landing tests
Thursday, 22 November, 2012, 12:00am
Minnie Chan
South China Morning Post

China's indigenous carrier-based fighter, the J-15, has completed landing tests on the country's first carrier, the Liaoning, state media reported yesterday.
In a sign that the carrier could soon be operational, the tests took place on Tuesday during a 19-day period of sea trials in the northern Bohai Sea that began on November 11, Global Times reported. The J-15 also completed touch-and-go take-offs and landings during a sea trial last month, with a prototype touching the carrier's deck without coming to a halt, People's Liberation Army Daily reported at the time.
The Global Times report was soon picked up by Xinhua, other media and military enthusiasts.
"If the report is true, it means our carrier project has walked forward a crucial step as landing tests of carrier-based aircraft are the most challenging and the highest risk job," Beijing-based naval expert Li Jie said. "The success was not achieved within a single night because we have prepared and tested both take-offs and landings for a long while before the Liaoning was commissioned in September."
Li said the J-15 had flown many low-flying missions over the Liaoning's deck and made many landings on land-based mock-ups of its deck before the carrier was formally handed over to the PLA in late September.
"There is still a long way for us to go to turn the carrier into a real combat-effective aircraft platform," Li said, adding that training involving teamwork and technical operations would be scheduled soon.
Wu Xiaoguang, deputy chief designer of the PLA's national carrier project and director of the 701st Research Institute at China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation, told mainland media last week that test landings were likely to be conducted this month or next.
Last night the Ministry of National Defence had not confirmed the tests


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