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  • New Curriculum Improves Combat Readiness of Navy’s Rotary-Wing Units

    New Curriculum Improves Combat Readiness of Navy’s Rotary-Wing Units A cadet at the Naval Aviation University conducts a "solo" ship landing. Image Source: http://www.mod.gov.cn/topnews/2020-04/12/content_4863493.htmThroughout the week of April 12-18, 2020 the official news media of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) reported that four
  • "The Qingdao" Commissioning of China’s First Domestic Aircraft Carrier

    Figure 1: Xi Jinping inspects CV-17 Shandong. Credit: XinhuaThe People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) commissioned its first domestically built aircraft carrier, CV-17 Shandong, on 17 December, 2019. The commissioning ceremony occurred at Sanya Comprehensive Support Base (三亚综合保障基地) with Xi Jinping and numerous senior PLA officials in attendance.[1]
  • China is building drone planes for its aircraft carriers

     Full report and graphics: https://www.popsci.com/china-drone-planes-aircraft-carrierThey're robotics wingmen for China's carrier pilots.TYPE 003This display at the Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolution (China's official military museum) in 2016 shows a nuclear-powered carrier with stealthy unmanned combat aerial vehicles.Oedo
  • Dr. Mulvaney discussing modernization of the Chinese fleet

    Dr. Mulvaney discussing China's Naval Modernization on CGTN
  • A Chinese shipbuilder accidentally revealed its major navy plans

     Full report and graphics: https://www.popsci.com/china-nuclear-submarine-aircraft-carrier-leakNuclear submarines, giant aircraft carriers, robot warships.DALIAN SHIPYARDDalian Shipyard, part of CSIC, is where China's first domestic carrier, CV-17, was built. It will also likely be the builder for China's first, nuclear powered
  • PLA Naval Aviation Training and Operations

    This report examines the roles, missions and developments in training within the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN) Naval Aviation branch.  Naval Aviation provides the PLAN with its own air capability independent of the PLA Air Force (PLAAF). Historically, Naval Aviation fighters have intercepted aircraft
  • CASI project of PLAAF-PLAN Aviation

    CASI is pleased to partner with the Center for Naval Analysis on a project researching PLAAF and PLA Naval Aviation training and exercise integration.  This is a new but rapidly developing topic, and we hope this research project, when complete, will provide support to policy makers and the China-watching community as a whole. Projected completion
  • China's showing off its new helicopters

     Full article and graphics: https://www.popsci.com/latest-in-chinas-new-helicopter-plansA peek into the China Helicopter Expo.Z-10The Z-10, with colored smoke dispensers, makes a flyby during aerobatic maneuvers at the 4th China Helicopter Expo.WeChat, via by78At the 4th China Helicopter Exposition, an airshow in Tianjin, the nation flaunted its
  • China's making major progress with its aircraft carrier tech

     Full article and graphics: https://www.popsci.com/china-aircraft-carrier-technologySay hello to China's first catapult-equipped carrier.TYPE 002 CARRIERThis fan-made computer-generated image of the Type 002 by artist Nishikasaizoukan shows the craft's key features like catapults, J-15B fighters, and fixed-wing airborne early warning and control
  • Meet KJ-600, the aircraft that could help China's navy rival America's

     Full article and graphics: https://www.popsci.com/kj-600-china-planeThe airborne early warning and control plane fills a gap in China's arsenal.KJ-600The XAC KJ-600 AEW&C, when deployed on future, catapult equipped Chinese aircraft carriers, will enhance the combat effectiveness of Chinese fighters, and possibly the long-range fire of warships and
  • China’s new aircraft carrier suggests a powerful navy in the works

     Full article and graphics:https://www.popsci.com/china-new-aircraft-carrier-type-001aType 001A is the PLAN's first aircraft carrier built in China.TYPE 001AThe Type 001A aircraft carrier, launched on April 26, 2017 in Dalian, China, is an improved variant of the Soviet designed Kuznetsov class.Wechat via Andreas RupprechtAfter some four years of
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