Carry on sailing

Newport News, Aircraft Carrier Alliance, DCNS: watch your backs, because you’ve got a new – and by the looks of it highly price-competitive – rival in the flat-top ship-building sector.

Liaoning alarmingly

According to Rex Features (which supplied the image), this is 80 year-old Wen Yuzhu’s cut-price homage to China’s lone aircraft carrier, the Liaoning; it even has the angled-deck and ski-jump layout, as well as carrying the fleet number 16. That’s where the similarities end though, as this Qingdao-based vessel is only 30m long and has a claimed maximum complement of 20 (at which weight one suspects it could be more the “Liaoning alarmingly”).

Top marks to the gentlemen involved for the effort involved in producing the mini-carrier’s lone visible strike asset, which bears more than a passing resemblance to China’s fearsome J-20 stealth fighter. Not sure about the low-observable qualities of the chosen canopy structure though…

J-20 clone


3 Responses to Carry on sailing

  1. FrankV 2 April, 2014 at 2:56 pm #

    *** FLASH NEWS ***

    This just in: North Korea has ordered five of these in order to stop imperialist aggression.

    • RC 4 April, 2014 at 2:59 pm #

      Considering precedent, I’d have rather put my money on Iran…

  2. Remarkable Kanoodle 2 April, 2014 at 3:33 pm #

    Newport News has nothing to worry about. In spite of how low cost, effective or attractive this builder’s er, ships are, there are no congress critters from Qingdao.

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