• China's aircraft carriers have a boatload of glaring weaknesses - but the next carrier could be a 'huge step forward'

    8 days ago - By Chron

    REUTERS/Bobby Yip
    China has one "combat ready" aircraft carrier, another one undergoing preparation for service, and another one still in development.
    The Liaoning, an old Soviet heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser refitted to become China's first aircraft carrier, and the Type 001A, China's first indigenously-produced aircraft carrier, are both limited in their combat capabilities due to several glaring weaknesses.
    Striving to enhance the power of its carrier fleet, China is trying to overcome problems with its engines, launch system, pilots, carrier-based fighters, and knowledge of carrier...
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