Chinese Naval Jet Performs First Deck Landing

BEIJING, November 25 (RIA Novosti) – A Chinese Shenyang J-15 fighter jet has successfully carried out the first arrested deck landing on the country’s only aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, Xinhua reported on Sunday citing naval sources.

Chinese fighter jets

02:57 25/11/2012. Chinese fighter jets. © RIA Novosti. Мария Чаплыгина

This achievement marks a crucial step in the development of China’s ambitious aircraft carrier program as landing tests of carrier-based aircraft are the most challenging to perform.

“Capabilities of the carrier platform and the J-15 have been tested, meeting all requirements and achieving good compatibility,” the Chinese Navy said.

The J-15s had made many landings on land-based mock-ups of Liaoning’s deck and performed a number of touch-and-go take-offs and landings during sea trials last month before attempting an arrested landing on the deck of the aircraft carrier, according to Chinese naval experts.

Since the Liaoning entered service in September 2012, its crew has completed more than 100 training and testing programs.

The Admiral Kuznetsov class Varyag aircraft carrier was 70% complete when China bought it from Ukraine for $20 million in 1998. Before being sold, the ship was disarmed and its engines were removed.

China launched a complete overhaul of the ship in 2002, also developing carrier-based aircraft. Beijing has repeatedly insisted the carrier poses no threat to its neighbors and that it will primarily be used for training and research.

The 1,000-ft vessel is designed to carry 26 aircraft and 24 helicopters.



One thought on “Chinese Naval Jet Performs First Deck Landing

  1. Reblogged this on iLook China and commented:
    For a comparison, the US has 11 active aircraft carriers in the US Navy that carry almost 1,000 aircraft. Three new aircraft carriers are under construction adding about 250 more aircraft to the US Navy. The US carriers are all nuclear powered. The Chinese carrier is not. Thailand had one aircraft carrier that carries about 24 aircraft–mostly helicopters. India has one active carrier, one being refitted, one under construction and two more planned. The one active carrier in India’s navy carries 30 aircraft. Russia has one active carrier that carries 41 – 52 aircraft.

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