posted on Oct, 29 2013 @ 06:23 AM
China is apparently in the process of building a second, larger aircraft carrier, this one from the ground up. Early evidence shows that this hull
will be equipped with a steam catapult system. Possibly to go with this new carrier, there is evidence that they are trying to copy the US built E-2
Hawkeye radar plane.
The E-2 is too large and heavy to fly off the Liaoning, their only carrier so far. The Hawkeye requires a catapult assisted take off, due to the
weight. What appears to be the first section of hull for the new carrier, also shows a trench that a steam catapult could fit into.
The Hawkeye is flown by many nations, including Taiwan, which operates them from land bases. Taiwan just announced that they caught a Major in the
Taiwanese Air Force, as well as up to 19 others, attempting to sell secrets about the E-2s to China.
Arguably the most valuable and important ship on the deck of a carrier, the E-2 is used to track ships and planes up to several hundred miles away,
through a rotating radar mounted on top of the aircraft. Similar to the US Air Force and NATO E-3 Sentry.
In 2011 and 2012 China slowly revealed the JZY-01, which was similar, but larger than the E-2. It has never been made clear what systems or
capabilities the JZY-01 has, but apparently they need some help if they're trying to acquire E-2 secrets.
It's still not clear exactly what was leaked, or how damaging it will be.
JZY-01 forward fuselage
E-2D Advanced Hawkeye
China’s building a second aircraft carrier—a bigger, more capable flattop to take over from Liaoning, a refurbished Russian vessel that
Beijing is using to learn naval aviation fundamentals.
And the new carrier could have a powerful new radar plane, thanks to China’s efforts to copy—and steal—details of the America’s own E-2
Hawkeye early-warning aircraft.
In late October, authorities in Taipei revealed that a major in the Taiwanese air force—part of a ring of up to 20 turncoats—had been caught
trying to sell technical data on the E-2 to Chinese agents. Taiwan operates six of the twin-engine E-2s, which feature a large rotating radar dish
atop their fuselages for detecting ships and airplanes hundreds of miles away.