Tuesday, July 21, 2020

"China steps up shipbuilding with two more aircraft carriers under construction towards 2035 navy goal" (ditto for the U.S.)

The way the Chinese PLA-Navy is building carriers you almost have to wonder if their "carrier killer" technologies aren't a bit of propaganda, at least at the moment.

From the South China Morning Post, July 18:
  • As China aims to equal US naval strength in the Pacific, its first domestically developed carrier begins final assembly process
  • Type 002 vessels will have advanced electromagnetic aircraft launch system allowing faster and more frequent take-off
China is expected to launch its next-generation aircraft carrier within a year and construction on a sister ship for the new giant vessel has been hastened, two sources close to the projects said.
The Type 002 aircraft carrier – the country’s third carrier and the second to be domestically developed – has started the final assembly process, two independent sources told the South China Morning Post.

“Assembly of the new aircraft carrier has begun and is expected to be completed in the first half of next year, because the Covid-19 pandemic slowed down progress,” said the first source, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

“Workers are also starting the keel-laying for the new carrier’s sister ship. Both ships have been built by the Jiangnan Shipyard outside Shanghai.” Laying the keel is deemed the official start of construction on a new ship.

The second source said initial construction work for the sister Type 002 carrier had started as early as 2018, but it was halted last year for technical reasons.

“Construction for the second Type 002 will be faster than the first one because workers have learned and overcome a lot of problems building the first one,” the second source said. “It’s a challenging job because the Type 002 is our country’s first domestically designed aircraft carrier.”

Recent photos circulated on mainland China’s social media platforms showed two huge parts berthed in a dry dock and assembled from prefabricated vessel components. There were incomplete flight decks on the top of them. The images showed that much progress had been made compared with previous satellite images taken in April 2019  by the US think tank the Centre for Strategic and International Studies.....MUCH MORE
We've told the story of how China came to own their first aircraft carrier a few times. TL;dr they lied:
The thing that is impressive about the Xue Long 2 is that the Chinese built it themselves.
As noted in the outro from the nuclear-powered ship, the strategy is similar to the one they used to pursue their aircraft carrier dreams.
Here's the short version of the time the Chinese bought their first aircraft carrier from Ukraine.

The Ukrainians wouldn't sell if the big boat were going to be used for military purposes.
So the Chinese said "Ahhh...casino"
"That's it, we're only going to use it as a floating casino, Chinese people like to gamble, come on lucky 8, that's the ticket!"

Here's the Casino:
Image result for aircraft carrier Liaoning

As can be seen, gamblers are able to fly right in for the action, Pai Gow to starboard, baccarat to port.
I can't wait to see what's cookin' in the icebreaker laboratories.
After reverse engineering everything on the casino, Xinhua announced in December 2015: "China building second aircraft carrier".based on the Varyag plans.

They will use the experience gained building that ship to build their second Chinese-made carrier (third total) which will be built to an entirely new plan.
Same thing with the icebreakers.  The new one refines construction expertise for the next homemade ship and away they go....

And meanwhile in the United States we read at Maritime Logistics Professional, February 13, 2019:
HII to Build Two Carriers for US Navy
The United States Navy awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding a contract for two aircraft carriers, the first of its kind since the 1980s.
A notification from the office of the navy chief of information said that the contract for the construction of CVN 80 and CVN 81 was awarded to Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding (HII-NNS).

The contract modification is worth $14.9 billion to cover remaining ship design and construction costs of CVNs 80 and 81.

Once government-furnished equipment is added in – including systems such as the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System and the Advanced Arresting Gear – the Navy will spend about $24 billion on the two aircraft carriers, compared to a predicted cost of $28 billion if the sea service had purchased them separately....