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Originally posted by antimatter at 2010-4-22 21:14
if Varyag ready by 2012, J-15 naval flanker should start doing test flight by now.
Maybe when vayag is ready, there won't be any flighters available onboard. might as well converted varyag to a ...
Are you challenging the Chinese Naval academy and shipbuilding industry's capability to built a state of the art's system such as that of the USS Ronald Reagan and/or the USS GW Bush carrier group, antimatter?
If you ask me, you sure sound like another [but definitely a more stealthy] version of what are our forum's Mr. Interesting, spewing out his venom of hate and despise of the PR Chinese because of their ability to shock the world with outta sight and unbelievable military and technological advancement?
Whatever makes you tick, my Dear antimatter, I have no idea, but, fear not because [the Chinese knows what makes the 7th Fleet tick] and they sure as the heck ain't gonna be stupid by investing a huge sum of resources in a useless dinasaur such as the HMS Vikrant stocked with clumsy outdated Harrier jump jets which qualify as clay pigeons.
The Chinese knows it takes way more, way way more, than a Vikrant, a French, Italian, Spanish, or even a Russian grade carrier to take on a US carrier group and you can bet that that's what the Varyag's massive and highly classified transformation in Dailian is all about which is infliction of massive pain upon anyone who have ideas about blowing it out of the water that is...
Unofficial words out there are that 50 Su-33 had already been dedicated to the Varyag and speculations are the Varyag will be designated as the 081 Beijing Class but I'm skeptical that the Chinese will want to stock the 081 Beijing with Su's because most of China's imported Su-30's are so crappy it's not reliable enough for a carrier born aircraft.
A navalized [home built] with the designation J-13 has been [photographed] in the Wuhan concrete replica. A strange looking two engined bird which doesn't look anything like a Su-27 or 30 nor anything like a spinoff off of any J-11B, but more a totally new and distinct design all its own.
Chatters and info from the net also [lead us to the idea] that a navalized version of the J-10 are being considered/studied as a future carrier weapon system because the short take off features exhibited by the J-10 in the Zuhai airshow as a result of it powerful engine (AL-41 or SW-10) definitely qualifies it for a carrier system. And arrestor hook have been photographed on the j-10 but whether or not it's photoshopped is another question.