Thursday, February 28, 2013

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

FN-6 MANPAD of the Free Syria Army

Few days ago, Patrick posted:

Patrick said...

    Meanwhile, in Syria:

    Chinese FN-6 used to down Syrian Hip.

The news is repeated by the CCTV, make you wonder how the FSA got their hands on  one of those?   from a hidden third-world black market or something more "secretive"?

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Chinese Mistral?

Judging from this recent CCTV clip, the China Air Force is adopting the China Army's standard FN-6 MANPAD for its own point-defense needs.

Sharing is a common platform across different service arms  might not be a bad idea.

Not your father's SA-7

Home is where the aircraft carrier is

Liaoning arrives at home port after upgrade program in Dalian finished
China's aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, dropped anchor for the first time at a naval port on Wednesday morning.

After a 22-hour voyage, the Liaoning emerged from the fog and anchored in Qingdao, at around 8 am, footage from the China Central Television showed. The name of the port was not identified.

China's aircraft carrier docks at Qingdao

China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, anchors for the first time at a port in Qingdao, Shandong province, on Wednesday morning. [Photo/Xinhua]

The carrier embarked from the Dalian shipyard in Liaoning province, where it underwent upgrades, at about 9:30 am on Tuesday. On the way to Qingdao it conducted weapons system tests, according to Xinhua.

"The Liaoning settling in its new home means that the carrier no longer needs further tests by the shipbuilder," Zhang Junshe, a senior researcher at the People's Liberation Army Naval Military Studies Research Institute, said.

The Liaoning will focus on training exercises with its escort ships, and it will take at least two to three years before China's first carrier battle group obtains full combat capability, he said. "The next phase of training will also prioritize exercises for carrier-based aircraft, including night operations and combat capabilities."

After being commissioned by the PLA navy on Sept 25, the Liaoning underwent a series of sea trials and tests, including landing and takeoff for the J-15 fighter jet.

Qingdao is the carrier's first homeport in China, but it will not be the last, Zhang said.

"Ideally each of the navy's three fleets should have at least one port that can accommodate their future aircraft carriers.

"The United States navy has five carrier homeports in the continental US and three offshore ones, enabling it to operate and project power around the globe," he added.

"The North Sea Fleet now has Qingdao. And when it comes to the East Sea Fleet and the South Sea Fleet, I think Zhoushan (in Zhejiang province) and Sanya (in Hainan province) will probably become their carrier's homeports."

There has been widespread speculation in the Western media that Sanya would be the homeport for the next carrier.

"Whether Sanya could be home to our second carrier depends on a variety of factors such as the international situation and our military strategy, so it is too early to make that conclusion,'' Zhang said.

A homeport must meet a number of criteria and a host of factors favored Qingdao, said Li Jie, a professor at the PLA Naval Military Studies Research Institute.

"When the Liaoning was still being refitted at the Dalian shipyard, our planners have begun to pick a suitable homeport."

Liu Jiangping, a military expert, told the Beijing News that a homeport must have more than 5 million square meters of sea area and the maximum water depth must exceed 25 meters.

The military port in Qingdao also has a dry dock that belongs to the North Sea Fleet, which can repair or maintain all major surface vessels of the fleet, according to Kanwa Defense Review, a Canadian online magazine on defense affairs and weapon technology.

The publication said that the Qingdao port is less than 570 km away from the western coast of South Korea and 970 km from Nagasaki in Japan, which means the Liaoning will conduct its training within the boundaries of the Yellow Sea and East China Sea.

Netizens greeted the news with enthusiasm.

"The military port seems very advanced and amazing, especially when you know that this place (where the homeport is located) was once covered with piles of rocks," a netizen who goes under the name Nayuyan2013 wrote on the military website of

Many enthusiasts said they were looking forward to China commissioning more carriers.

"The Liaoning is alone in our navy. When can we give it more 'fellow carriers'?" asked Lizishushangdelizi, another micro-blogger.

Their desire was echoed by Zhang, who noted China should have at least three carrier battle groups.

Though the naval port in Qingdao belongs to the North Sea Fleet, that does not necessarily mean the fleet has been granted command of the Liaoning, according to Zhang.

"The carrier will not be able to perform duties without the support from the North Sea Fleet in terms of logistics and personnel, but whether it is a part of the fleet remains unknown."

Other naval news also attracted public attention.

Two 23,000-ton supply ships are undergoing sea trials and expected to enter into service this year, said an earlier report on the, a defense news website in the US. The addition of these ships will substantially enhance the PLA navy's operations and power projection, military observers said, adding they will also extend operational range for the carrier.

The PLA navy's next carrier could very possibly have nuclear propulsion, Du Wenlong, a senior researcher at the PLA's Academy of Military Science, told China Daily.

"China already has the technology and industrial capability to develop and build a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier," he said.

"We already have nuclear-powered submarines, which require more sophisticated technology and manufacturing capabilities, so developing a nuclear-powered carrier will not be difficult."

China has only five major supply ships to support a fleet that is conducting increasingly intense patrols and exercises, Reuters reported, adding the US navy has 34 supply ships to support about 140 major surface warships.

China Shipbuilding Industry Corp, one of the two dominant shipbuilders in China, said in an online news release on Feb 19 that one of its research institutions has received State approval and funding to formally begin research on core technologies for nuclear-powered ships.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Admiral Wu Shengli, commander of the PLAN, checks out the newly commissioned 582

本网上海2月25日电 今天下午,我国新型护卫舰首舰582舰交舰仪式在上海举行。中央军委委员、海军司令员吴胜利出席交舰仪式并讲话。

该 型护卫舰是着眼改变我现役基地防御体系兵力老旧、功能单一、作战能力低等现状立项研制、即将大量列装的新一代基地防御兵力,是优化海军装备结构,提升基地 防御作战力量,增强海军维护国家安全和领土完整、捍卫海洋主权和海洋权益能力的又一重要平台,具有隐身性能好、电磁兼容性强、先进技术应用广泛等特点,舰 员编制仅为053系列护卫舰的三分之一。将主要担负巡逻警戒护航、单独或协同其它兵力执行反潜作战、对海作战等使命任务。新型护卫舰正式交付部队,标志着 我海军基地防御兵力开始了升级换代,进入了批量生产、有序更新的新时代。

Sunday, February 24, 2013

582, head of the class.

PLAN corvette 582 commissioned today (2/24/2012) marking it as the lead ship of the 056 corvette project to enter service.  Given the fact that here are a total of 20 hulls of type 056 under various stage of construction, expect to see more them patrolling around China's "near sea" soon. 

On a related note,  corvette 596 (11th hull over all) launched yesterday in Guangzhou.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Photos of the day: 056 Class Corvette in sea trial

Friday, August 10, 2012

The fourth ship yard for the 056 class corvette project.

This recently posted photo of a nearly complete 056 in Dalian is suggesting that there are now four known naval yards engaged with the 056 class corvette project.

Making dumplings indeed.

Saturday, August 04, 2012

The commissioning of 056 class covette 586 in Wuhan

How could we have missed this one?

While everyone is focusing on the four Type056 Class corvettes under construction in Guangzhou and Shanghai, a fifth type 056 corvette is now commissioned in Wuhan.  This unexpected development is suggesting that there are three known Chinese shipyards involved with the 056 class corvette project.

Expect a long and serial run of this new class of ship. 

Saturday, May 19, 2012

056 Class Corvette Project Update

According to folks from Hudong Shipyard in Shanghai, the lead boat of the 056 Class Corvette will be launched "within days".  Given Hudong's track record, this should come as no surprise.  

Second boat from Guangzhou HuangPu shipyard is not far behind

Communist propaganda of the day: Rolls Royce Phantom – year of the dragon edition.

Purposely built for the proletarians of the People’s Republic