Chinese fighter jets complete night landings on carrier, live-fire drills
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese fighter pilots have carried out night landings on the country's first aircraft carrier, the official China Daily reported on Saturday, the latest demonstration of military muscle as Beijing's pushes to modernize its armed forces.
Pilots flying J-15 jets landed at night on the Liaoning, the official paper said, citing a video posted by China's navy. It said this was a complex maneuver that marked a "huge leap towards gaining full combat capability".
China has ambitious plans to overhaul its armed forces as it ramps up its presence in the disputed South China Sea and around self-ruled Taiwan, an island China considers its own.
The official newspaper of the People's Liberation army also said on Saturday that Chinese fighter jets had recently carried out live-fire drills in the South China Sea.
China has been ramping up naval military exercises amid growing tensions with Taiwan. Last month, President presided over the navy's largest-ever military display, with 76 fighter jets and a flotilla of 48 warships and submarines.
China's first domestically developed aircraft carrier set off on sea trials earlier this month. The older Liaoning, which is expected to serve more as a training vessel, was bought second-hand from Ukraine in 1998.
Its navy has also been taking an increasingly prominent role in recent months, with the Liaoning sailing around Taiwan and new Chinese warships popping up in far-flung places.
State media has quoted experts as saying China needs at least six carriers. The United States operates 10 and plans to build two more.
Many experts agree that developing such a force would be a decades-long endeavor but that the drive to bolster its forces at sea will be crucial in the longer term as China looks to erode U.S. military prominence in the region.
Yawn, how many years ago did the US do this? 50, 75, years ago?
Yay? The rest of the world's navies have only been doing this for about 70 years. Way to go!
I remember Chinese fire drills as a youth.
"SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese fighter pilots have carried out night landings on the country's first aircraft carrier,"
Nice and congrats
There are two types of ships. Submarines and targets.
US doesn't need to worry about China right now!
Not Buying It
I hope China bought the tug boats that went with the Ruskie built junk so they can get them back to port.
Why bother. Aircraft carriers are sitting ducks from swarms of land to ship missiles.
Not a concern because they don’t have awacs and they aren’t operating stealth aircraft. They also don’t have an air launched anti ship missile the navy would be worried about that can be carried by carrier launched aircraft
these are high tech jets,they even has nets that can be lowered to scoop fish out of the sea before landing,fish head soup is served
Show the footage? I don't believe it
Nothing change. The United States continue traversing the international body of water of the SCS. CCP putos putas cannot do NOTHING about it, and if they do attack US warships and warplanes traversing the SCS equal WWIII.
So advanced. Pity that they had to steal all the technology and know-how to do it from the U.S. and Russia. Such clever people.
Those smaller countries better get on board with america or chinese occupation will be worse than they ever been thru.
our new 14 billion carrier is already back in dry dock for building mistakes
we need to thank the original G8 that taught china...MIGHT IS RIGHT.
U.S. is worrying any other country have such training at night, because they are a jealous country, wants to be a super power than anybody.
The U.S. can sink China’s carrier in one strike.
The last Chinese invention was gunpowder. So, I don't view this a threat except possibly to other nations with third-world militaries.
This vessel is equipped with the famous Wong Wei navigation system.
The British Empire humbled China, along with the other European powers. Gradually, China is getting its revenge. America is a product of the British Empire. So, America is first in line.
Yeah,, so what ... te US was doing this 80 years ago!
US Navy do it 100 years ago litter too late Chino.
until battle proved, we never know it's capable. question is, do we want to be the one to find out this??
China is just warming up.
They (Chinese) may not pose a threat now, the future generations of Americans will have to deal with them. Just look what they did in the SCS ...
Juat in time to be easy targets for the Navy’s hypersonic missiles.
Good to see trump called them off from being part of our war games.