Relax: China’s First Aircraft Carrier is a Piece of Junk –China Digital Times (CDT)
Wired magazine’s Danger Room blog urges readers not to panic about China’s “new” aircraft carrier, a former Soviet vessel of early 80s vintage and the first carrier to be deployed by the PLA Navy. Its symbolic weight far outweighs its concrete military value, argues David Axe:
Her new guns are installed. Her light-gray paint job has dried. Her airplanes are flying and her engines are turning. Thirteen years after she was purchased from Ukraine half-complete and lacking engines, the Chinese navy’s very first aircraft carrier is ready to set sail from Dalian shipyard in northeast China. The former Soviet carrier Varyag, renamed Shi Lang in Chinese service, could begin sea trials this summer.
Just how worried should the world be?
The answer depends on who you ask. To China’s closest neighbors, the prospect of a carrier speeding heavily-armed Chinese jet fighters across the world’s oceans is an alarming one. But the U.S. Navy, the world’s leading carrier power and arguably the Chinese navy’s biggest rival, seems oddly unaffected ….
When Shi Lang finally gets underway in coming months, she will boost the ability of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) to patrol airspace over contested sea zones, provided they’re not too far from the Chinese mainland. And more to the point, she’ll look good doing it. “I think the change in perception by the region will be significant,” Adm. Robert Willard, commander of U.S. Pacific forces, told the Senate in April.
Willard said he is “not concerned” about the ship’s military impact.
Underestimating the enemy is a typical western trait…remember ‘Japanese monkeys with sticks’ from WW2. Do NOT fall prey to it.
China is no different to Japan, they will be defeated, but the problem is a WWIII will means trillions of death, therefore let us pray it neve comes to a war, China behind its facade is no more than corrupt, polluted, undemocratic empire, it is just a more dynamic North Korea where hundreds of millions are oppressed
Japan can sill be nuked today into oblivion until they get some nukes. Same cannot be said for China. You are a victim of western media constantly bad mouthing developing peoples like us. after decades of imperialistic slavery Democrazy does not deliver the goods in time as many in my country will attest to its stupid frustrating inefficacy.
That´s old varyag soviet technology. It was inferior to western aircarrier tech in 1990s and its super inferior to western aircarriers in 2014. China copy pasting them makes absolutely NO SENSE at all!
Russia only has Admiral Kruznetsov carrier as a symbol in its fleet. No Russian with a common sense would ever place Kruznetsov against a Nimitz class US carrier
Soviets did never invest much in Carrier technology. Because it was not Russian defence doctrine. Our Russian Submarines on the other hand are top notch technology.
It is just a trial ship for Chinese. They are planning to build giant ACs like these – already posted in the forum.
Btw delve a little into China’s history, being a naval superpower is nothing new to them. Fleet of Admiral Zhang He way before Europeans.
i like kirov more than kuzenetsov its better to build more ships like kirov or ships similar to baku class aircraft carrying cruisers.
why Russia need a carrier when they have border in Europe, middle east, china, north America(sea border) with huge land spreading northern hemisphere
Russia as well as China are continental empires, the USA and the West are maritime empires
do not underestimate them.
China is a dragon made of papier-mâché claims US General.