3 Problems for China’s New Fujian Aircraft Carrier
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There are a lot of reasons why you would want the EMALS. It produces less stress on expensive aircraft frames, as well as better energy efficiency. According to a senior Chinese researcher, they have run hundreds of tests using their EMALS with their J-15 multirole fighter jets. There are no reports of it being tested with F-20’s. The General R Ford has proven their EMALS work in over 200 public test launches. EMALS is a new system, so it needs to be tested that much. In fact, the US EMALS initially had problems with its power system, its efficiency and reliability during Post Delivery Tests and Trials.
The 200+ test launches have allowed the US carrier to solve the issues, one by one. The Chinese EMALS, on the other hand, is far from this stage of development. In fact, there is no definitive data on whether the Chinese EMAL system really works because it has never been seen publicly working. What we know is this capability requirement came all the way from the top. Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post reported that the Central Military Commission, which is run by President Xi Jinping, requested electromagnetic launch. That would kind of be like if President Biden had a pet project at the department of defense. But there have been persistent questions about whether a non nuclear powered ship could achieve that result. Sources in the PLA claimed a team led by China’s top naval engineer Rear Admiral Ma Weiming had figured out a solution.
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