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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

China May be Prepping Its Carrier for Flight Operations

Photos posted to the Internet in China last week seem to confirm that the Chinese Navy has installed arrestor gear and other vital equipment on its refurbished Soviet-made aircraft carrier, the ex-Varyag. If genuine, the installations could represent a big step forward for the first-ever seaborne, fixed-wing aviation capability for the People's Liberation Army Navy.
The article notes that there are a lot of other aircraft handling equipment, including aircraft control hardware, that would need to be installed; and it would be years to train crews and pilots to launch and recover aircraft. Nevertheless, it is clear that China is pursuing its goal of a blue sea navy.

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