Ian33 said:Royal Navy / USN better be looking at super sonic carrier killer systems pronto, and then spreading them across the coast of Japan and other nations before it is too late.
US and their allies already have the world's quietest submarines, and are already developing new AShMs like LRASM and Japan's developing XASM. Their anti-surface ship capabilities are already very potent, not to mention their large arsenal of ISR capabilities.
FighterJock said:That is interesting news to me Blitzo, I did not know that the PLAAN were doing a competition for a new ship born fighter before, I wonder if they will go for a carrier variant of the FC-31 since it is smaller than the J-20, because there is not much room on board an aircraft carrier.
Yes, there is a competition for a 5th gen carrier fighter. A couple years back it was thought that the Navy decided to go with CAC, but apparently that was incorrect and the competition is still ongoing.
I think both J-20 and FC-31 have their strengths and weaknesses. Whatever the Navy goes for will also likely influence the Air Force's procurement plans as well to an extent, specifically if the Navy goes for a carrier variant of FC-31 then it is much more likely that the Air Force will also induct FC-31 in some form as well as a medium weight stealth fighter to complement J-20. But if the Navy doesn't go for FC-31 then the Air Force probably won't either. And vice versa of course.
FighterJock said:100,000 ton carriers for the PLAAN? That put's it in the same league as the current Nimitz class of the US Navy. The Royal Navy's new Queen Elizabeth class is only 65,000 tons for comparison. The J-20 would have no trouble operating from China's Future carriers after all. They might also want the J-31 as a strike fighter to compliment the J-20.
The second domestically produced carrier (002) will be a CATOBAR carrier, and its full displacement has been said to be around 85,000 tons. The bigger size of the carrier and the greater aircraft spotting positions due to the benefits of a flat bow flight deck will likely significantly enhance the rate of flight operations that can be conducted on it relative to Liaoning.
Note, 002 is not the Liaoning pattern STOBAR carrier being produced at Dalian, that is the 001A.