KiplingKat872: DRTFA, but China has one of the largest air forces in the world subby.
KiplingKat872: UNC_Samurai: The Chinese never bought any Su-33s, however. And I don't think they've modified any J-10s to be carrier-capable.How much modification does that take tho'? Given the size of their air force and how much money China is currently rolling in, while I agree this is probably a tempest in a tea pot, but I don't think aircraft are really the problem here.
kg2095: Kibbler: They have one obsolete, decrepit Russian carrier that they don't know how to use.Obviously we need to spend $1 trillion on another dozen state-of-the-art carrier task groups before the Red Tide washes over us.It doesn't matter how much you spend the Chinese will dominate the world within 20 years. This isn't like the 1980s when people were saying that Japan would overtake the US. With China it's inevitable that once their economy matures past a certain point they will be bigger than the US. Their population is 5 times yours so they only need a per capita GNP of 20% yours to be just as big. Big economies can afford big investments in military technology - and their economy by mid century may well be the biggest by a factor of 5.Then there is the whole situation with China investing heavily in education particularly in science and technology at a time when education is being demonized by certain sectors of the US population.I'm not gloating about this. I like living in a US centric world and it makes me very uncomfortable to think the world I know and grew up in is changing so dramatically. But I think it is the reality we all face.
KiplingKat872: UNC_Samurai: Dead-Guy: Well the Japanese don't always worry about landing their planes.. they just let them take off, and then the rest is someone else's problem.Reminds me of the Tom Lehrer lyric:"'Once the rockets are up, who cares where they come down? That's not my department', says Wernher von Braun."You win a tasty Internet.
Kibbler: They have one obsolete, decrepit Russian carrier that they don't know how to use.Obviously we need to spend $1 trillion on another dozen state-of-the-art carrier task groups before the Red Tide washes over us.
Dead-Guy: Well the Japanese don't always worry about landing their planes.. they just let them take off, and then the rest is someone else's problem.
Slives: Maybe we can dig up a few of these to sell them for practice on their carrier.
Albert911emt: They'll make copies of someone else's aircraft for the carrier, just like they make copies of every other thing ever made in the history of forever......or something like that.
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