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Originally posted by cyberdude78
Unless they can get the Russains to help them out with it. I'd imagine the Ruskies know a thing or two about carrier flying. Maybe not enough to make them very combat effective, but surely enough to get the Chinese Navy started. Every country needs to start somewhere, it's not as if the USN suddenly had carriers with trained pilots.
Originally posted by mel1962Its more than the pilots which take a minimum of 5 to 10 years, the firefighting, the carrier tactics. The Russians only had 2 carriers and had poor training, only in the USN can you get the proper training. The only other nation with such training was the JEN during WWII.
Originally posted by PHARAOH1133
Yes why is it that China has a 200 million man army?
Why did they request 2000 757 jets?
and yes why do they need this ship?
Originally posted by cyberdude78
I believe that the 200 million man army figure is based on the number of able bodied men that they could draft without having to recruit children and the elderly. It's definatley not trained and active service though, and their actual reserves are actually very low with only about 800,000 or so compared to the US with around 1,300,000 reserves and then Russia's immense 20,000,000 in the reserves. Although I believe that due to Russian military doctrine they'd be unable to draft many more able bodied men than they've already got in the reserves.
So from the get go China's standing active army is roughly 2mil, their reserve forces are about 800k, but they could potentially draft 200mil. The massive ratio of men to women in China is probably one of their greatest advantages as far as the draft goes seing as so many nations are so reluctant to draft women.
But back on to topic, China may be quite a while away from an actual operational carrier. But they'll definatley get one some day barring a nuclear exchange tommorow.
Originally posted by pilotshinjiikaruManpower matters very little in conventional warfare unless you have the equipment and technology for your troops. No nation can equip 200 million men up the standards of a modern nation. So those 200 million men will be massacred since cluster bombs and cluster munitions from cruise missles and artillery can very easily kill thousands per weapon.
Originally posted by rupturduck
Bear in mind, PRC has aspirations of being recognized as a superpower, first among equals. They perceive this to be their rightful place in the world, and yearn to receive what they see as their due. For proof of this, one only needs to look to the fledgling Chinese space program. And their announced intention of planting the PRC flag on the moon.
The Chinese have always thought in terms of years, decades, and centuries. Whereas the West has always been short-sighted, particularily when thinking in strategic military terms. Namely the rush to demobilize and downsize, at the conclusion of each military conflict. Confident we will always have time to build-up our forces again, when the next threat is still on the horizon. But that is a subject for another thread.