A little bit of old news from 3 days back) from Nightline on Chinese Carrier. Nightwatch people are not very impressed, FWIW.
: The Peoples' Liberation Army Navy performed the first landing and takeoff of a carrier-capable fighter jet on its new aircraft carrier, Liaoning. The Chinese released a short video of the maiden landing on the aircraft carrier by a Chinese-made J-15 fighter, according to the defense ministry on 25 November. The actual dates of the landing and the takeoff have not been posted.
The Russian-built ski-jump carrier, renamed Liaoning, went into Chinese naval service in September. "The successful landing... has always been seen as a symbol of the operating combat capability for an aircraft carrier," Zhang Junshe, a vice director at the Naval Affairs Research Institute, told state television. "This is a landmark event for China's aircraft carrier... and (moves it) one step closer to combat readiness."
Vice-Admiral Zhang Yongyi, the commander-in-chief in charge of the tests and training program told state media, "It's like 'dancing on a knifepoint' as the aircraft have to land on a very limited space. We have done all these test flights from the very beginning, and finally we mastered the key skills for the landing of carrier-borne aircraft," he added.Comment
: Just as the carrier Liaoning is Russian-designed and -manufactured, the J-15 fighter is a Chinese knock-off of Russia's carrier-capable Sukoi 33 and is powered by Russian engines. The Chinese have shown no ability to design, engineer and manufacture these capabilities. They have shown that they can refurbish a carrier built by some other nation and that they have one trained and capable pilot .
The Chinese carrier is still several years from full operational capability, but it is already an international attraction. It is a show piece and the flagship of Chinese great power aspirations, rather than capabilities. This light carrier is too-expensive-to-risk
for China because it is the only realistic training platform China possesses to help build its future three-carrier fleet.The important take away is that the present limited capability is built on Soviet technology that China bought or stole. China has yet to prove it has the industrial capabilities to build an aircraft carrier and its air group without stealing from other countries
PS: Just saw Shiv ji's response to poster wong.
Go to http://www.gunbroker.com
(the eBay for Firearms). Search for "Norinco" and see for yourself how highly prized Chinese firearms are in America, the firearm capitol of the world. There's reality and then there's you guys.
Gosh you really were provoked by that weren't you? You want to prove that Chinese arms are good and so you say that the Americans are saying they are good so they must be good.