How did the Varyag end up with the chinese?..
Last I heard it was sent to china to be scrapped..
Then I did some research..
And as kozzy said it was commissioned quite recently in 1988..
Plus after looking up a bit more I realised that the VAryag hull is a upgrade of Kiev class carriers..
The Gorshkov (now Vikramaditya) with India is a quite smaller(Kiev Class) and a bit older too..(1982). IT was designed to hold the supersonic VTOL
The Varyag on the other hand was designed to hold MiG29K/Su27k jets..
However one must note that the Gorhkov has been refitted
(almost completely redesigned except for the hull) to hold MiG 29K fighters..
I'm presuming that'll still be lesser than the Varyag could hold..
I doubt the J-10 is carrier worthy(although I don't know for sure, so I think the chinese will have to acquire twist wing Su-27s from the
All in all a BIG deal which was BOUND to in the buzz if it so much as even had a CHANCE of materialising..At least the Americans and the Indians would
get to know because of their overt/covert links to Russia.
But you never know..The chinese can spring a surprise whne one least expects..
If anyone's read 2061(sequel to AC clarke's 2010), they know what I mean!!..Even though its fiction..
Im still find it hard to believe that the chinese ARE pursuing carrier ambitions.. It doesn't seem to improve their coastal navy and they cannot
project force in the Pacific anywhere successfully.. Unca Sam has that area under his belt..
Plus they're completely new to the world of carriers and what that entails..
One cannot train a carrier force at port..
You HAVE to enegae in 100's of exercises at least 500 to 1000 klicks of your coastline.. Actually distances of 2000-3000km are more adequate..
And I just cannot fathom the US sitting there and watching while the chinese wander off into international waters to test out their brand new toy..
India which has been operating carriers for around 2 decades, still has to learn a few things with ITS brand new(or rather old
The arrester cable assisted landings for one as India's prev british carriers operated on ly STOVL harriers..
Summary: IMO carrierdom is far off prospect for the PLAN and actually IMHO quite unfeasable to their navy needs( as I perceive)
Seekeroff, Although I don't like it myself, but I'm pretty sure the chinese could consume taiwan if they wanted..w/o a carrier
The PLANs capability of dealing with a american reprisal for that is however debatable..again IMHO..