Two big news items today, one about China’s new aircraft carrier, the other about India’s.
The Chinese language
Chen noted that the carrier is not for offensive purposes, butserves a defensive role given the pressures
Above is a clip about the Admiral Kuznetsov, the Varyag’s sister in operation with the Russian navy. Apparently the Chinese have removed the SS-N-19 Granit anti-ship missiles carried in vertical tubes beneath the flight deck. If you can get through the Russian guys talking, it gives a fairly graphic depiction of the ship’s missile and self-defence systems.
Meanwhile India Today reports that the INS Vikramaditya (pictured below) will sail to
Both countries have long term plans beyond the Vikramaditya andShi Lang. India plans two indigenous carriers equipped with catapults – theVikramaditya will launch aircraft via ski jump. The catapults on the two new ips, which are expected to be in service by 2020, will enable heavier takeoffweights, as well as the deployment of airborne early warning & control(AEW&C) aircraft. The Indian navy has approached Northrop Grumman for more information aboutthe E-2D Hawkeye.