China’s Dream: 6 Aircraft Carriers All with Killer J-20 Stealth Fighters

Key point: China is making rapid progress in achieving a major carrier-based navy. The Chinese military has decided to develop the air force’s J-20 stealth fighter into a sea-based variant to fly from the navy’s growing fleet of aircraft carriers. The Central Military Commission, the People’s Liberation Army’s top decision-making body, favors the J-20 over the smaller FC-31 stealth fighter design, according to the Hong Kong South China Morning Post. The Chengdu Aerospace Corporation, which builds the J-20 for the air force, “will announce some new products, which will include a…

British Aircraft Carrier Plans to Sail in South China Sea

Chinese Ambassador Liu Xiaoming rejected the statement by the Royal Navy that they would be maintaining international law regarding freedom of navigation. The new British aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, would be sent to the South China Sea on her first operational deployment. Experts believe Brexit is forcing Britain to pivot to the American position on the South China Sea. China warned Britain not to enter the South China Sea to sail near disputed islands, saying that it constitutes “hostile behavior,” and implied that Beijing would be forced to make a…

HMS Queen Elizabeth: China warns it would be ‘hostile act’ if Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier enters disputed waters on her first deployment

China has warned Britain that it could be seen as ‘hostile action’ if HMS Queen Elizabeth moves close to the disputed Spratly Islands while on deployment in the region.  The Royal Navy’s future fleet flagship is due to be sent to the Pacific region as part of her first operational mission in 2021, it was announced by former defence secretary Gavin Williamson earlier this year.  HMS Queen Elizabeth is due to be sent to the Pacific on her first operational deployment. Picture: Gary Taw from Lovedean She will also go to…

MSDF destroyer Izumo prepares for new role as aircraft carrier:The Asahi Shimbun

The Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer Izumo sails off the coast of the Philippines and engages in joint training exercises with ships from the Brunei and Philippine navies. (Video footage by Yoshitaka Ito) The Maritime Self-Defense Force’s largest destroyer is going through changes–chief among them a retrofit of the deck that will enable not only helicopters, but also fixed-wing aircraft to take off and land. The government is moving forward with the plan, having earmarked costs related to needed repairs for such capabilities in its fiscal 2020 budget request. The retrofit…

Congress’ demands for nuclear-powered aircraft carriers are sinking the Navy

If there’s one thing that brings American politicians together in a time of stark political divisions, it’s love for the U.S. Navy’s fleet of gigantic nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. When the Navy revealed plans in February to retire the “supercarrier” USS Harry S. Truman early instead of paying for a $4 billion mid-life overhaul and nuclear refueling, bipartisan howls of outrage echoed across Capitol Hill, particularly from politicians in Virginia, where the carriers’ sole manufacturer resides. Two months later the proposed plan — rather than the carrier — was scrapped by…

China’s Plan to Conquer the South China Sea: Start Sinking Navy Aircraft Carriers

He said the loss of one super carrier would cost the U.S. the lives of 5000 service men and women. Sinking two would double that toll.​ Rear Admiral Lou Yuan, deputy head of the Chinese Academy of Military Sciences, has told an audience in Shenzhen that the ongoing disputes over the ownership of the East and South China Seas could be resolved by sinking two U.S. Navy aircraft carriers. (This article was originally published earlier this year and is being republished due to reader interest.) Admiral Lou gave a wide-ranging…

US to spend $305 million on military aircraft upgrades in the Northern Territory

Updated August 15, 2019 20:24:08 Photo: The money will got to ramps for MV-22 Osprey aircraft. (ABC News: Isabella Higgins) The United States’ armed forces will spend more than a quarter of a billion dollars upgrading their air defence capabilities in Darwin, the Northern Territory’s Chief Minister has revealed. Key Points: The ABC revealed in July this year that a draft US Congressional bill had $US211.5 million allocated for new “Navy Military Construction” in Darwin NT Chief Minister has confirmed he reached out and established that the money would be…

U.S. Navy’s Aircraft Carrier Spat With China in South China Sea

It’s been a tough couple of weeks for proponents of naval power, as America’s and China’s two newest aircraft carriers revealed ongoing teething problems. The U.S. Navy’s first-in-class USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) nuclear-powered supercarrier is the revolutionary successor to the current 10-ship Nimitz-class warships. First laid down in 2008 and commissioned in 2017, the Ford is expected to enter combat service… someday. The Navy hopes to take delivery in October of this year, but delays keep mounting. The Ford uses modern automation to achieve a much-reduced crew size of…