posted on May, 30 2006 @ 11:08 PM
bit puzzled by the photos in "?"
its true that the PLAN
is planning to build a 20,000t class Amphibious assault ship
(model shown below) for quote "future landing
operation"(cough TAIWAN) 2010-15 est.
but see no example of it shown, so have no idea what the heck is under construction to the right
even more confusing is the ship shown to the left #941
PLANEMAN mentioned that it was(or might be?) a TYPE-072 III(YUTING II class)
to be honest not sure that it is
the TYPE-072 III
class vessel(shown below)
has a large flight deck
at its stern
(ships rear), large enough to support a Z-8A(PLA version of the FRENCH SA 321(SUPER FRELON)
helicopter and has a haul large enough to carry 250 PLAN troops and 10 tanks
the PLAN is said to have 7 such examples
both the 1st photo and the external image given by WARSET lack a flight deck
which leads me to believe that the ship(#941) on the left is not a YUTING II class and has yet been classified. The only example that it might be is
actually a TYPE-073 III(YUDENG class) but that is my speculation(hard to say base on photo)
by decades end the PLAN
would have(if not already) a "GREEN WATER" capability good enough to stage an "amphibious assault"