China lands first jet on aircraft carrier
November 25th, 2012
12:56 PM ET

China lands first jet on aircraft carrier

By the CNN Wire Staff

China announced Sunday that it had landed a fighter jet on the deck of an aircraft carrier for the first time, but it may be years before the ship is fully operational.

China's "first generation multi-purpose carrier-borne fighter jet," known as the J-15, successfully completed its first landing on the Liaoning, an aircraft carrier China built using an abandoned Soviet hull, according to China's official news agency Xinhua.

The J-15's capabilities are comparable to the Russian Su-33 jet and the U.S. F-18, Xinhua reported. The Chinese-designed jet can "carry multi-type anti-ship, air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles, as well as precision-guided bombs, the report said.

The U.S. military, in its latest annual assessment of China's military capability, predicted "it will still take several additional years for China to achieve a minimal level of combat capability for its aircraft carriers."

The Liaoning will be able to carry 30 J-15 fighter planes and will have a crew of 2,000, according to a People's Daily Online report published when it completed its first sea trials in August 2011.

China bought the shell of the carrier, then called the Varyag, from Ukraine in 1998. Its construction was begun under the Soviet military before the breakup of the Soviet Union.

The Pentagon report said another carrier, one made from components made in China, may already be under construction and ready to sail in 2015.

"China likely will build multiple aircraft carriers and associated support ships over the next decade," the U.S. assessment said.

The United States, Britain and Japan launched the first aircraft carriers nearly a century ago. The U.S. Navy, with 11, is the only fleet that currently operates more than one.

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    November 25, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Reply
  89. Name*joe Wilson

    It look like British jump jet carrier if so the J15 jet is not even close to a f-18.

    November 25, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Reply
    • Alex279

      Yes, it is not close to F-18 because it is much better. The Chinese jet takes off completely on the power of its own engines after just 400 feet run without using catapults. F-18 nowhere close to be able to do so. Nor it is close in speed, acceleration, combat radius, agility, turn rate, etc. Fortunately for the US, China cannot produce engines for these jets ...yet - they are coming from Russia. ...but it is still an open question how long this "yet" will last.

      November 25, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Reply
      • Mellowfellow

        Luckily your Chinese propaganda is cheap low quality garbage just like everything else from there. You should try the American propaganda it goes down easier.

        November 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
      • ryanyomomma

        The F/A-18 can run the same ski jump under mil and make flight. Please research the concept of how a skijump carrier works before posting your trashy propaganda

        US Navy Veteran
        VF-101
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        November 25, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  90. 2guns

    Thank Goodness Americans on Wall Street sent all those modern manufacturing plants to China. We certainly wouldn't want 1.2Billion Chinese under armed once their military buildup reaches whatever goal they have set. Wal-Mart should feel proud what those former American jobs have been able to produce for the Chinese.

    November 25, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Reply
    • c smythe

      Alternately, war is less likely to occur between a producer nation and it's main customer. Too much to lose on both sides. "Engage them in commerce not battle!" is a good methodology for peace.

      November 25, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Reply
      • Alex279

        This is definitely true, however... Did you notice the recent court battle between Apple and Samsung? Of course, Apple won in US courts and Samsung was ordered to pay a huge fine for its "blatant patent infringement". A similar, but with somewhat lesser publicity outcome happened in Korean court, except this time the winner is Samsung.

        What is the most peculiar about this trade war between Apple and Samsung is that while the war was started by Apple, it turn out that ABSOLUTELY ALL modern-day Apple products are made almost entirely of Samsung components without opportunity to replace them. Literally, every LCD panel (including retina), everty touch screed in every Ipad, every NAND memory chip in every Ipod, or every memory chip in every solid-state hard drive in every iMac or ultrabook is made by Samsung. With no exclusion. Samsung can technologically shutdown Apple at any moment it wishes by simply cutting off supplies. Yet, lawsuits are still filed.

        November 25, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
      • Joe

        Alex279,
        Please show some sources or data backing your claims because they are not accurate... at all

        November 26, 2012 at 8:27 am |
      • Alex279

        ..show backing? ...not accurate? What is not accurate here? Or yes, I forgot to mention that Apple A5, A5X, and the latest A6 processors for iPad are manufactured by Samsung as well (thought are designed by Apple). This is in addition to all the above claims I made, which stand.

        sources? Check Wikipedia or Google among many others.

        November 26, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
  91. Joe Bob

    Yes, each of Italy and Spain have two. I also mention that the nine U.S. amphibious assault ships should count, because even though they do not currently serve the role of a traditional aircraft carrier, they have the same capacity to fill the role as the minor aircraft carriers of other nations.

    November 25, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Reply
  92. Huh?

    And the new movie "Red Dawn" was supposed to have China, whoops, I meant North Korea invading America. How do you expect China to invade America FINALLY getting its first usable aircraft carrier in 2012?

    Red Dawn is a racist non-believable story.

    November 25, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Reply
    • MP

      Running out of villians. The movie industry has made cliche Soviet, Nazi, and Middle Eastern enemies. The threats of NK and not racism made them the enemies in this remake of Cuban and other invaders.

      November 25, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Reply
  93. Z

    The end is near.

    November 25, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Reply
    • Rezo

      The end is near for some, but not all.

      November 25, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Reply
  94. Gerald Sobel

    Those headlines "May be years before it is operational" are pure BULLSHEET. Go look at the video yourself. They even built their own carrier jet comparable to out F-18 or better. Suprise surprise. They should be honest. Operatonal in months, not years!!

    November 25, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Reply
    • rick powell

      it takes years to train our carrier pilots. you think the chinese will do better?

      November 25, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Reply
      • lapazjim

        Well they are going through the Chinese quick training process.The one that goes you don't crash so you pass.
        Makes you wonder if they put the same quality into their ships and planes that they send out in their products to other countries(and WalMart).If so were in luck they wont last long!!!

        November 25, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
      • akinkhoo

        chinese were already training on the brazilian carrier for years, it really an open secret now. it amazing how well china-brazil military alliance is flying under the radar of major news organisation... i wouldn't be surprise if brazil orders a new carrier from china at discounted price for letting the chinese play on theirs...

        November 26, 2012 at 2:26 am |
      • Joe

        "Do not be vain of a winner, do not be desperate of a loser". You guys are as good as near-sighted, can not see the tomorrow China, can not see the USA is going down to ruin. The more you guys speak ill of China the more China is encouraged and try harder to overtake and finally defeat the USA, the more you guys are proud of the USA the earlier it get itself ruined. Congratulations to American Indians, Hawaiians and Guamanian, Your occupier's days are being numbered by China.

        November 26, 2012 at 2:37 am |
      • Clinton

        Joe,
        you are stupid. The US has endured through hardships much greater than those we face now, you thinking that China will one day overtake us is hilarious, as this was the exact thing the Soviets said before they fell. The US will lead the world as long as there are those of us willing to fight for her, and believe me, there are. You attack those of us that are Patriotic, well, perhaps that is something you simple-minded freaks don't understand. We are a country of citizens that believe in something greater.... The concepts we hold are proven to light the way to prosperity and we do not fear a country like China, because in a Communist society, free thought is discouraged and invention is thwarted. You will see no new technology, no new war machine that could possibly challenge us because China's way of life does not afford their people the ability to create anything new. We are free-thinkers, and this is why we will continue to reign supreme. Besides you fool... China couldn't even feed it's own people without the imports from the US... Good luck fighting us when you can't even feed your own population.

        November 26, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
      • urcrazy&unoit

        Well if you checked out Wikipedia you would know that China has been training pilots for aircraft carrier since 2008.
        They picked out 50 pilots and built for them an inland aircraft model to practice landing and taking off. Sneaky Brazilians also invited Chinese naval pilots to play on their carrier since 2009 in order to acquire nuclear submarine technology. China also started testing on their carrier jet in 2009. So it should be no surprise that China achieved this milestone only two months after her carrier was commissioned, while it took the Russians 8 years to do the same. All this means that the Chinese carrier will probably become operational 3-4 years ahead of the predictions of our so-called "military analysts".
        I think this shows that good planning could save years off programs. I wish I could say the same about out F-35 program. The program head at Lockheed & Martin owes American tax payers $600 billion in my opinion.

        December 1, 2012 at 1:24 am |
  95. thomas

    italy has two aircraft carriers

    November 25, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Reply
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