How Russia’s Kilo-Class Submarines Are a Huge Threat to American Aircraft Carriers

Key point: Kilo-class subs are powerful and cheaper than nuclear-powered vessels to produce. Moscow has them train for a wide variety of missions in case Russia ever fought NATO. Unlike the United States Navy, which went all-in on nuclear power, Russia maintains fleets of both diesel and nuclear-powered submarines. A land power encompassing much of Eurasia, Russian submarines are based much closer to “the action” than American submarines are. While Russia maintains nuclear submarines for distant ocean patrols, its fleet of diesel submarines is more than adequate for conflicts in Europe,…

Would China Dare Sink 2 U.S. Aircraft Carriers in the South China Sea?

Key Point: Some Chinese leaders believe America is too weak to fight. Admiral Lou Yuan is China’s Curtis LeMay. LeMay, the U.S. Air Force general who torched Japanese cities and later headed Strategic Air Command, was notorious for his bellicosity. In the 1950s and during the Cuban Missile Crisis, he tried to get the U.S. to launch a nuclear first strike against the Soviet Union: during the Vietnam War, he urged bombing North Vietnam “back to the Stone Age.” Now comes Lou Yuan, deputy chief of the Chinese Academy of…

China releases footage of fighter jet ‘Flying Shark’ drilling on its second aircraft carrier

China‘s state broadcaster has released new footage of a warplane performing take-off and landing tasks from the country’s second aircraft carrier, which is based in the disputed South China Sea. Clips of the J-15 fighter jet, billed as the ‘Flying Shark’, drilling on the Shandong were shown by China Central Television Station less than three weeks after the domestically developed warship entered service in the southernmost part of China. The commission of the 50,000-tonne vessel came as Beijing faces tensions with self-ruled Taiwan as well as the US and regional…

China latest: US warns Beijing after attempt to ‘coerce’ Taiwan by new aircraft carrier | World | News

Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defence said Shandong and accompanying frigates sailed northwards through the Strait. Taiwan will see Presidential elections on January 11 with incumbent Tsai Ing-wen facing Han Kuo-yu of the Kuomintang (KMT) and James Soong of People First. The US State Department called on Beijing to “abstain from coercion that would jeopardise the security, or the social or economic system, of the people [in] Taiwan”. It added: “The United States has a deep and abiding interest in cross-strait peace and stability. Taiwan is a reliable partner, a democratic role…

China releases first pictures of Shandong Chinese-made aircraft carrier a naval port in Sanya

The official website of the Chinese Ministry of Defense has published first pictures of the Shandong Chinese-made aircraft carrier a naval port in Sanya, China. China’s first domestically-made aircraft carrier Shandong (Hull 17) was officially commissioned to the PLA Navy at a military port in Sanya, South China’s Hainan Province, on the afternoon of December 17, 2019. Shandong Chinese-made aircraft carrier a naval port in Sanya. (Picture source China MoD) China is now one of the few countries in the world that have multiple carriers. Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the…

China’s New Aircraft Carrier Shandong: 5 Things You Need to Know

On December 17, 2019 at the sunny beach resort city of Sanya on Hainan Island, China officially commissioned its first homebuilt aircraft carrier into the PLA Navy in a ceremony attended by President Xi Jinping, following more than eighteen months of sea trials. Like her sistership Liaoning, she is named after a province in northeastern China. The commissioning of the 315-meter long vessel four years after she was laid down in Liaoning province March 2015 by Dalian Shipbuilding is another milestone achievement for the PLA Navy that must be gauged…

South China Sea latest: Aircraft carrier ‘very likely’ to confront other nations | World | News

The new warship is the first home-made carrier used by Beijing and unlike Liaoning, the nation’s first aircraft carrier, will be used mainly for combat and not training. China’s claim to the waters of the South China Sea overlaps with other claimants. As reported by South China Morning Post, a commentary posted by social media account linked to People’s Daily said: “The main strategic focus of the Shandong will be on waters around the South China Sea. “Recently, military vessels and aircraft from some nations have been carrying out so-called freedom…

How China could use its 2 aircraft carriers to cut off Taiwan

China’s newest aircraft carrier is likely to team up with its other flat top to block foreign forces from coming to Taiwan’s aid in the event of a conflict, experts say. The Shandong, which was commissioned on Tuesday, could work with sister ship Liaoning to cut off Taiwan or head to the South China Sea to give Beijing an advantage there. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. China’s new aircraft carrier is likely to team up with its sister ship to form a dual-carrier battle group to cut off…