Ukrainian aircraft carrier “Varyag” is appreciated in China


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The project 001A aircraft carrier, built by China’s own forces, greatly exceeds the Liaoning, a former “Varyag”, purchased from Ukraine. This writes the South China Morning Post, citing a report by broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV).

Hong Kong newspaper reports that both ships are visually almost do not differ from each other, what can be said about it. Thus, the project 001A aircraft carrier can carry 36 deck fighters J-15, while the Liaoning — only 24. In addition, the total displacement of the first ship is 70 thousand tons (with a length of 315 meters) vs 58,6 thousand tons at the second (length — 305 meters).

The advantages of the aircraft carrier project 001A edition also carried a digital radar system in Type 346 (Star of the Sea) with an active phased antenna array. The only drawback of such a ship newspaper called it a speed equal to the node 31, which is slightly less than 32 knots from Liaoning.

However, the South China Morning Post acknowledges that Liaoning has allowed China to obtain the necessary expertise for the construction and operation of the project 001A aircraft carrier and is currently used for training purposes.

In April held in Qingdao parade dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Navy of the people’s liberation army of China, attended the first destroyer Type 055 project Nanchang, designed to accompany the shock carrier battle groups.

Ship project 001A, built from 2013 to 2017, is the second Chinese aircraft carrier. Warship, named presumably in honor of cancer-mantis 皮皮虾 (i.e. Pipixia according to the system Palladium pronounced “Pipia”), due to come on duty in 2019-2020.

The first Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning in 1998 China purchased from Ukraine. Ship to modernize occupied the period from 2005 to 2012, was named “Varyag” (earlier — “Riga”). “Varyag” as the only Russian aircraft carrier “Admiral Kuznetsov”, belongs to the family of Soviet aircraft-carrying heavy cruisers project 1143 “Merlin”.

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