China Conducts Flight Landing on Aircraft Carrier
(Source: Xinhua published Nov. 25, 2012)
A carrier-borne Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark fighter takes off with full afterburner from China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, in an undated photo released Nov. 25. [Xinhua photo]
LIAONING AIRCRAFT CARRIER --- China has successfully conducted flight landing on its first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, naval sources said.
A new J-15 fighter jet was used as part of the landing exercise.
After its delivery to the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy on Sept. 25, the aircraft carrier has undergone a series of sailing and technological tests, including the flight of the carrier-borne J-15.
Capabilities of the carrier platform and the J-15 have been tested, meeting all requirements and achieving good compatibility, the PLA Navy said.
Since the carrier entered service, the crew have completed more than 100 training and test programs.
The successful flight landing also marked the debut of the J-15 as China's first generation multi-purpose carrier-borne fighter jet, the PLA Navy said.
Designed by and made in China, the J-15 is able to carry multi-type anti-ship, air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles, as well as precision-guided bombs.
The J-15 has comprehensive capabilities comparable to those of the Russian Su-33 jet and the U.S. F-18, military experts estimated.
This Chinese MoD video shows two J-15 fighters (s/N 552 and 553) during flight operations on the deck of the carrier Liaoning. The incoming aircraft is shown on final approach at about 1:25 min., while take-off operations begin at 2:45 minutes.
J-15 Nails First Carrier Landing Take-Off
(Source: Global Times; published Nov. 26, 2012)
China's home-made fighters have successfully completed takeoffs and landings on the Liaoning, the country's first aircraft carrier. This effectively opens a new chapter for the country's carrier development, ending speculations that the vessel is "incomplete" due to a lack of ship-borne jets, experts say.
The announcement was first made by the Xinhua News Agency on Sunday. At least two Shenyang J-15 fighters took off and landed on the flight-deck of the Liaoning, which was commissioned to the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy two months ago.
The exact time and date of the first landing and takeoff were not revealed, but according to China Central Television (CCTV), the operations took place from Thursday to Saturday.
According to the PLA's official website, a total of five fighter pilots successfully accomplished the missions, after receiving special low-visibility, crosswind and turbulent environment training.
The capabilities of the carrier platform and the J-15 were both tested, meeting all requirements and achieving good compatibility, the PLA Navy told Xinhua, officially acknowledging the existence of the J-15 fighter for the first time.
The J-15 is China's first generation multi-purpose carrier-borne fighter. It is able to carry multi-type anti-ship, air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles, as well as precision-guided bombs and has comprehensive capabilities comparable to those of the Russian Su-33 jet and the US F-18, according to Xinhua.
The announcement will help quell speculations and comments from a number of sources, which quoted some military experts as saying that Beijing does not have planes capable of landing on carriers.
Du Wenlong, a researcher at China's PLA Academy of Military Sciences, told CCTV on Sunday that carrier landings accounted for 80 percent of flight accidents on carriers.
"The operations proved that China has built its own capable carrier-based fighters and a successful staff-training system. These elements are the foundation for forming combat capability in the future," Du said. "The PLA Navy can have the same combat capability as foreign navies, which we have so envied in the past," he added.
The news also took the Internet by storm with comments frequently commenting or reposting the photos.
"Military enthusiasts should have every reason to hail the achievement. From now on, China owns its complete carrier system. More pilots will master landing and takeoff skills. After that, they will carry out tactical training, join exercises with other naval vessels in order to achieve combat capability step by step," Lan Yun, a navay expert with the Beijing-based Modern Ships magazine, told the Global Times.
The Liaoning will also be a test subject for exploring carrier group combat tactics and become a cradle for future carrier crew and ship-borne fighter pilots, Lan said, adding that the PLA will not be satisfied with the Liaoning, which was bought from abroad and refurbished by China.
It is logical to predict that more carriers will be built in China, and the country will also develop fifth-generation carrier-based fighters, Lan said.
In an interview with Xinhua on November 7, Wu Xiaoguang, vice general engineer of China's aircraft carrier project, said the number of carriers China will build depends on the country's needs to safeguard its maritime and national interests.
"What I can tell you now is that the Liaoning is only a beginning," Wu was quoted as saying.