Aircraft Carriers: China is struggling to find enough trained pilots to operate fighter jets from aircraft carriers, leading its navy to commission two aircraft carriers and another Launched in June. Struggle to meet the growing demand for qualified ship-borne fighter jet pilots to operate a specially built J-15 jet for the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) aircraft carrier, a media report said. Still working.
According to an article published in a Chinese military magazine, the PLAN intensified carrier-based fighter jet pilot training programs in the decade since the commissioning of its first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, but specifically designed for carrier-based operations. The lack of fighter trainers made has hindered progress. The PLA needed at least 200 qualified carrier-based fighter jet pilots to operate 130 ship-borne aircraft, after beginning sea trials with China’s third and most advanced aircraft carrier Fujian last week.
Equipped with Fujian Advanced Electromagnetic Catapults
The Fujian is equipped with advanced electromagnetic catapults, similar to the US supercarrier Gerald R. Ford, while China’s first two carriers had ski-jump designs. Therefore, the Navy will have to master a new aircraft launch and recovery system. Official media reports said China is planning to produce more aircraft carriers to match the strength of the US Navy. “It’s fraught with challenges, because aircraft design and pilot training is one of the world’s most difficult and complex core technologies, which no one will share with you,” Lee said.
What did China’s defense experts say?
Defense experts say that where China is producing aircraft carriers at a high speed. At the same time, there is still a work in progress for the J-15 carrier-based fighter jets, which were said to be too heavy to deploy on the aircraft carrier. China is rapidly modernizing its navy, launching a warship almost every month or two. Dai Mingmeng, who flew the J-15 prototype on its maiden flight from the deck of Liaoning on 3 November 2012, when he was 41.
Chinese Navy recruits cadets directly from
China Central Television said that the Navy has recruited cadets directly from high school, graduates aged 16 to 19 years since the year 2020. The latest generation of new naval aviation pilot cadets had an average age of 20, at least 10 years less than their predecessors. The PLA Navy began to train its own pilots.
A Chinese magazine reported on 25 September 2012, the 10th anniversary of the commissioning of Liaoning, that PLAN pilots use the Chinese-made JL-9G. It is a single-engined twin-seat aircraft, which first appeared in 2011 as a carrier-trainer version, but cannot be used to simulate an emergency landing on the flight deck as it has flaws.
China copying US Army pilot
Indeed, over the past few decades, the US military has been using the T-45 Goshock carrier-qualified trainer to train its pilot cadets. Now the Americans have developed a more advanced version, the T-7A Red Hawk, equipped with the more powerful General Electric F404 afterburning turbofan engine that will make ship-borne fighter pilot training more efficient. China’s only ship-borne fighter jet, the twin-engine single-seat J-15 Flying Shark has been called the world’s heaviest carrier fighter because it weighs 17.5 tonnes and has a maximum speed of 2.4 Mach – over 2,960 km/h While the gross weight of the JL-9G trainer is just 7.8 tonnes and its top speed is Mach 1.05.
Two J-15 fighter jets crashed in 2016
Antony Wong Tong said, “Two J-15 fighter jets crashed in April 2016, resulting in one death and one seriously injured. China has developed a twin-seat version of the J-15 known as the J-15S, but recent footage shown by state media has confirmed that the platform has been converted into a ship-propelled J-15D electronic warfare aircraft, a Macau-based military analyst.”
Wong said (Zhou Chenming), “Why haven’t China’s J-15s been converted into trainers like the Americans. One factor could be cost, which would be too high.” Zhou Chenming, a researcher at the Beijing-based Yuan Wang military science and technology think tank, told the Post that China was still testing the twin-seat J-15s (F-15E Strike Eagle) when They took the same approach as the Americans when they commissioned the F-15 Eagle, which was in several versions including the twin-seat F-15E Strike Eagle.