Singha wrote:3 large LPH ships under construction. will be useful for flag staff, sea control and ASW
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Type_075_ ... opter_dock
Yah, these are one of the unverified “rumors” (meaning no pictures) that are probably going to happen.
Here are the five big ones that’ll emerge in the next years that will surprise no one in the chini watchers community:
5 major Chinese naval projects likely to emerge within the next five years
By Rick Joe
August 07, 2018
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To be neat, this piece will consider five major naval projects likely to emerge and become confirmed within the next five years.
1: The 054B frigate
The ship is expected to feature improved sensors and a more stealthy external shape, with the inclusion of an integrated mast . . . The 054B is also thought to be the first class of warship in the PLA Navy to field an integrated electric propulsion system,
2: 075 LHD
The 075 is thought to have a full displacement less than 40,000 tons, perhaps around 36,000-38,000 tons . . . the largest non-U.S. LHD or LHA by a significant margin . . . it is thought that three 075s have been ordered by the PLA Navy, with initial work on the first two having commenced within the last year or more . . . Considering the timespan in which the rumors about the lead 075’s construction began to emerge, it is likely that photo confirmation of the lead 075 will be attained within the next year or so,
3: 003 CATOBAR carrier
it may take a year or so until photographic proof emerges that a carrier is indisputably under construction at JNCX . . . Most enticing is the recent rumor that a second . . . CATOBAR . . . carrier . . . may be in early stages of construction at Dalian shipyard as well,
4: 5th generation carrier-borne fighter
Two competing designs for the carrier-borne fifth generation fighter are known to be under development, one at Chengdu and one at Shenyang, with the Navy yet to decide on a design . . . Shenyang is thought to be offering an upsized carrier compatible variant of its FC-31 technology demonstrator, whereas it has been suggested Chengdu may be developing a smaller variant of J-20 or a brand new design,
5: Fixed wing carrier-borne AEW&C
As a fixed wing, propeller driven AEW&C platform like the E-2 family, it will have to be launched from catapults to achieve safe take off performance and a satisfactory mission profile; therefore the KJ/H-600 will only be adopted aboard Chinese CATOBAR carriers . . . An aircraft mock up consistent with the configuration of JZY-01 and the expected KJ/H-600 was first sighted aboard the carrier test facility at Wuhan in early 2017, all but confirming that such an aircraft is likely to emerge in the immediate future.