From The “No job is impossible for the man who doesn’t have to do it” Files

Posted: July 17, 2011 in Songs of Space and Nuclear War
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Today’s contribution to the “no job is impossible for the man who doesn’t have to do it” files comes from David Axe.

The site is The Diplomat; the article is The Limits of China’s Fighters.

The story is focused on the Chinese J-15.  The background:

While outside observers have strongly suspected for several years that China intended to deploy the J-15 – an adaptation of the Russian Su-33 – aboard the PLAN’s first aircraft carrier Shi Lang, Chinese officials didn’t confirm it until last week.

(Snip)

It’s clearer than ever that the J-15 will inherit most of the Su-33’s limitations, particularly with regard to payload and range. As a result, Shi Lang could be highly vulnerable to foreign naval forces in combat.

The PLAN, not to be confused with The SITUATION, is the Peoples’ Liberation Army Navy (OK, it’s kind of weird, but maybe something gets lost in translation?). 

Now as to the assertion that the carrier based J-15 could be vulnerable: it could well be true.  That is, unless the space-enabled Chinese anti-ship ballistic missile program first renders foreign (read U.S.) naval forces highly vulnerable themselves.  

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