China to build aircraft carrier by 2010


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From The Khaleej Times Online;
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7 March 2007



BEIJING - China has the capability to build its first aircraft carrier by 2010 if current research and development continues at a fast pace, a news report on Wednesday quoted a military official as saying.


The research on aircraft carriers was ‘proceeding smoothly,’ Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing newspaper Wen Wei Po quoted the unnamed military delegate to China’s annual parliament, the National People’s Congress, as saying.
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Comment: Fact or fantasy? Only the Chinese know for sure. There have been rumours to the effect that they were going to build a carrier for years but it's one thing to have ambitions and quite another to make them happen.

An aircraft carrier is an extremely complex warship and even more complicated to operate. They have three ex-Soviet carriers to learn from and there are hints that they may have been able to bring the ex-Varyag up to a seaworthy condition. This would be no small accomplishment if true as the ship was in very bad condition when they aquired her, supposedly for scrap.

All that aside, getting a ship to sea would be the easy part. Getting an airwing, training pilots and working them up to the point where they would be combat proficient is a whole 'nother smoke! They're starting from scratch and it's not is if the most experienced carrier operators in the world are going to be tripping over themselves to give them advice.​
 
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>>I'll bet I know where the steel for it is coming from!<<

Anything that's been scrapped there no doubt. They still have a long way to go before they can put something to sea that's thoroughly worked up to combat effectiveness. Their nearest rivals in the aircraft carrier club have over half a century of experience in carrier operations whereas the Chinese....IF they put something into service....will be starting from scratch!
 

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