China has just refurbished an old Soviet aircraft carrier and is now expected to build a bigger one on its own that can house large surveillance planes. The Hong Kong-based Mingpao newspaper on Thursday cited the U.S. military website Strategy Page as saying China will build an aircraft carrier even larger than the Varyag that can carry a 21-ton early warning aircraft.
The website said China is also speeding up development of naval fighter jets, including homegrown early warning aircraft. A key example of this drive was the KJ-200 early warning aircraft, which is based on the 54-ton Y-8 cargo plane.
Strategy Page also said China has mounted an early warning radar on a Y-7 cargo plane, which is smaller than the Y-8, and is using it for aerial reconnaissance too.
The Y-7 weighs 21 tons and is similar to the U.S. Navy's E-2 Hawkeye and can be loaded on a carrier, according to Strategy Page.
Chinese military analyst Liu Jiangping dismissed the report. "It would be impossible for China to build a large aircraft carrier immediately after its first one just began trial voyages," he said. "This is just speculation that lacks credibility."
They're going down the same path as the French when they build the Charles de Gaulle ...
The ski jump flight deck is designed for jump jets like the Harrier...It doesn't allow the launch of heaver aircraft like the E2-C,C-2 or F-18 .....For heavier aircraft aircraft like the E2,C-2 or F-18 a steam or electromagnetic catapult is needed..
The Grumman E-2 Hawkeye & C-2 Greyhound
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Data from US Navy fact file E-2D_Storybook (page 25)
Crew: Five: two pilots, combat information center officer, the air control officer, and the radar operator
Length: 57 ft 8.75 in (17.60 m)
Wingspan: 80 ft 7 in (24.56 m)
Height: 18 ft 3.75 in (5.58 m)
Wing area: 700 ft² (65 m²)
Empty weight: 43,068 lb (19,536 kg)
Loaded weight: 40,200 lb (18,090 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 57,500 lb (26,083 kg)
Powerplant: 2 × Rolls-Royce T56-A-427A turboprop, 5,100 shp (3,800 kW) each
Maximum speed: 350 knots (648 km/h)
Cruise speed: 256 knots (474 km/h)
Ferry range: 1,462 nmi (2,708 km)
Endurance: Unrefueled > 6 hr
In-flight refueling* 12 hr Unrefueled (Wet Outer Wing) 8 hrs
Service ceiling: 34,700 ft (10,576 m)
Rate of climb: 2,515 ft/min (13 m/s)
Wing loading: 72.7 lb/ft² (355 kg/m²)
Power/mass: 0.19 hp/lb (0.32 kW/kg)