Reporting from Melbourne Australia, Defense News revealed that one of China’s biggest shipbuilders unveiled plans to speed up the development of the said country’s aircraft carrier. This will be a part of China’s goal to upgrade their navy into a blue water force by the mid of next ten years.
According to China Shipbuilding Industry Association, also known as CSIC, they will try to twice the effort on achieving technological breakthroughs for the following area:
- Nuclear-powered aircraft carriers
- New nuclear-powered submarines
- Quieter conventionally powered submarines
- Underwater artificial intelligence-based combat systems
- Integrated networked communications systems
Moreover, CSIC is also in charge for both civilian and military shipbuilding activities in the north and the west of China. The company adds that these breakthroughs are essential to PLAN, or China’s People Liberation Army Navy. It is for the enhancement of their capability to operate worldwide in line with the service’s mission to be networked and bluewater navy by 2025.
Note that the updated news release says the company “must resolutely implement (Chinese President) Xi Jinping’s thinking on strengthening our armed forces and take the building of a modern warfare system with Chinese characteristics as a guide to speed up breakthroughs in key core technologies.”
In addition, CSIC is responsible for the refurbishment of China’s sole operational aircraft carrier. They are in charge as well in building China’s first indigenously built aircraft carrier. It is a slightly modified version of Liaoning, which featured several improvements. As if these are not enough, China also plans a larger and more powered aircraft carrier that will be filled with electromagnetic catapults to launch aircraft.papa survey is where you can voice out.
Furthermore, PLAN already operates a pair of catapults. Their current aircraft carriers can launch aircraft via ski-jumps, restricting the ability to operate aircraft like turboprop-powered airborne early warning aircraft.