Chinese military analyst: J-20 is not necessary for an aircraft carrier, “Flying Sherman” is actually needed


With the internet exposure of under construction 001A-type aircraft carrier deck structure basically completed in Dalian, with regard to the future of China-made aircraft carrier guess the rise again, and J-20 fighter is no suspense once again become the number one domestic hot heavy carrier aircraft. But in fact J-20 is not suitable as a carrier-based aircraft, the future Chinese aircraft carrier is needed, “Sherman” type of carrier-based aircraft.

Have good or bad after the first “super J-31” aircraft carrier is the love

In accordance with the 001A-type aircraft in service in 2020, 001B aircraft carrier in service in 2030, the still 5-15 years ago the development time, referring to the two aircraft carrier deck and hangar tailored carrier-based aircraft, in order to maximize hangar deck and utilization, resulting in higher combat capability.

As the name suggests, “Sherman” is the United States during World War II that section of the main tank. General view, “Sherman” tank subject to the “free wheel” restricted warehouses reduced body size, making it the overall performance is not only impossible, “Black Panther” tank compared with the same period the German “Tiger”, and less than the same legendary Soviet T34 / 85 tanks are on many properties. Although this is indeed “Sherman” portrayal European debut when, but only three years later, its latest model M4A3E8 (the movie “Fury” in • Brad Pitt’s car) and overall performance had been “Black Panther” and quite beyond the T34 / 85. That is to say, for the “Sherman” This expedition requires crossing the tank, compared to T34 / 85 do not need this “on the ship,” the tank for good adaptation ship warehouse size is part of the tank itself sacrifice performance. As early technology short board, completely through the future to improve access to remedy. And is not that the Chinese model of development based aircraft should follow it.

Built according to a design of a model law, China should now be able to determine 001A and 001B aircraft carrier deck and hangar dimensions. In accordance with the 001A-type aircraft in service in 2020, 001B aircraft carrier in service in 2030, the still 5-15 years ago the development time, enough Chinese fighter on the basis of existing programs, in the light of these two aircraft carrier deck and hangar tailored carrier-based aircraft, in order to maximize the utilization of the hangar deck, resulting in higher combat capability. If you must take the existing Chinese fighter program this analogy “Sherman” type of carrier-based aircraft, then it should be a reference to the United States, “Super Hornet” mode, expanding from the J-31, based on the volume between the F between 31 and J-20 “super J-31.” From R & D team, the J-20 is developed by a flying experience that he has not developed carrier aircraft. In contrast, J-15 and J-31 are out of the hands of SAC, SAC by the development of new J-31 carrier-based aircraft in a logical basis.

For the ship weight must be gained, “super J-31” is stronger than J-20


J-31 is currently far from perfect, but it has provided China with initial technical framework of a similar YF17, China may be carried out on the basis of its improvement, expansion, then get a par or even surpass conventional top F-35C aircraft carrier will It is not difficult.

Despite R & D team, to expand research and development in J-31 carrier-based aircraft are also based on the research and development than J-20 carrier-based version is superior. F-22 compared to the United States and the Russian T-50, the volume of J-20 fighter is not small, but the engine power was weakest, despite new domestic power has taken shape, but even from the main fighter equipment on the ship is still a long way to go. So for J-20, the increase in any one kg weight, may reduce the overall performance of the J-20. But we all know, if the R & D carrier-based fighter aircraft in the Air Force, based on at least the need for aircraft structural cracks sealed, anti-corrosion treatment, in order to adapt to the high temperature of the sea, high humidity, high salt environment, and for the stealth fighter, the stealth coating adaptation of the marine environment is still the United States have not been well solved. In Su-33 carrier-based aircraft, for example, which is adapted to the marine environment, than the prototype Su-27 fighter adds two tons of empty weight, which for J-20 in terms of power in the foreseeable period is always inadequate, certainly disastrous.

Compared to J-20, J-31 may well avoid these problems. Currently the J-31 is far from the extent of freeze designed to expand its body is relatively simple. More importantly, such a body for research and development to expand the existing fighter aircraft carrier basis, it is very important. It provides more space to accommodate the new equipment body. In contrast, if narrow the larger J-20, based on the difficulty is undoubtedly much greater. As the most important power plant, the current J-31 is equipped with two sets of 13 turbofan engine has been inadequate, the future renewal imperative. But compared to the J-20 development of new high-thrust engine for the “Super J-31” R & D top difficulty in pushing turbofan engine is undoubtedly much lower. Even if the new push in research and development lags behind, is still “super J-31” equipment turbofan 13 is acceptable. Because, like “Sherman” tank, China is a need at this time of promising equipment to solve any problems, even more important is the development of future upgrades.

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