#1 China lands first jet on aircraft carrier11-25-2012, 07:09 PM
By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 5:39 PM EST, Sun November 25, 2012
(CNN) -- China announced Sunday that it had landed a fighter jet on the deck of an aircraft carrier for the first time, but it may be years before the ship is fully operational.
China's "first generation multi-purpose carrier-borne fighter jet," known as the J-15, successfully completed its first landing on the Liaoning, an aircraft carrier China built using an abandoned Soviet hull, according to China's official news agency Xinhua.
The J-15's capabilities are comparable to the Russian Su-33 jet and the U.S. F-18, Xinhua reported. The Chinese-designed jet can "carry multi-type anti-ship, air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles, as well as precision-guided bombs, the report said.May the FORCE be with you!
11-25-2012, 07:35 PM
Biggest thing that jumped out at me was the comparison of the J-15 to an F-18. So China is just now capable of producing aircraft that are 35 years old, and these are their front line fighters. This speaks on several differant levels. It's good, because our F-22's, and F-35's (if they ever actually happen) should have little trouble dealing with them. Our mainstay aircraft though are the equivalent fighters, except they are 30-40 years old, and will be even older if a conflict ever comes around. China is not a military power that is comparable to our own yet, but they are making strong efforts to become a power that we'd be hard pressed to defeat on their turf. Especially with our aversion to sustaining casualties.In most sports, cold-cocking an opposing player repeatedly in the face with a series of gigantic Slovakian uppercuts would get you a multi-game suspension without pay.
In hockey, it means you have to sit in the penalty box for five minutes.
11-26-2012, 12:41 AM
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11-26-2012, 12:56 AMChina bought the stripped-down 300-metre (990-foot) carrier from Ukraine nearly 10 years ago and refurbished it at the northeastern port of Dalian.
They still had to build off from Soviet technology, this is a refurbished soviet carrier, I'm sure much if not most of the technology in the fighter is also from Russia.
They will catch up because for the next 4 years we will move backwards to meet them.
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