PLAN Capability Review – Aircraft Carriers

Commissioning of Type 001 A this year is likely with the deployment of J 15 fighters even as the follow up carriers are on stream with possible J 31 earmarked for carrier operations.

China Daily report edited by Huang Panyue of October 08, 2019 highlighted participation of five carrier-borne J-15 fighter jets with Flying Shark logos in a V-shaped formation over Tian'anmen Square in Beijing on Oct 1 during the military parade to celebrate the People's Republic of China's 70th birthday.

The J-15 fighter force, established in 2013, is said to be China's sole carrier-based air combat unit and is doing extensive flying to familiarise and master the art of landing on an aircraft carrier in turbulent sea conditions.

J-15A catapult compatible fighter is reportedly being tested on an Electromagnetic (EMALS type) catapult.

China is also likely to deploy the J 31 stealth aircraft for carrier operations though confirmation is awaited...................


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