State-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) has said it plans to speed up the process of developing nuclear powered aircraft carriers and submarines.
CSIC manufactures ships and submarines and has made China's first conventionally-powered aircraft carrier which is currently undergoing mooring tests.
In a statement on Tuesday, CSIC said it plans to "speed up the process of making technological breakthroughs in nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, new-type nuclear submarines, quiet submarines, maritime unmanned intelligent confrontation systems, maritime three-dimensional offensive and defensive systems, and naval warfare comprehensive electronic information systems”.
Military experts said China may have achieved initial progress in its research of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and it may not be too long before authorities confirm the news.
"I think we can say that China has made major breakthroughs in the implementation of nuclear power on large vessels," Li Jie, a Beijing-based naval expert, told the Global Times on Wednesday.
In a veiled reference in November, CSIC Chairman Hu Wenming said in a speech at the Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company construction site in Liaoning Province for China's first domestically made aircraft carrier that China is capable of designing and building any type of aircraft carrier.
"Hu's speech indicates that China can build aircraft carriers powered by diesel, gas or nuclear power," Li said. "The country has mastered all the fundamental core technologies, including ski-jump and catapult-assisted launch technologies.
"In the future, China's national interests will continue to expand overseas. Without a fleet of large nuclear-powered vessels, the Chinese navy cannot sail for a long time to faraway waters," Li added.
Chinas navy has reportedly installed a prototype electromagnetic railgun on one of its warships, as suggested by the photos posted by a Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) observer last week. The images show that PLANs Haiyang Shan, a Type 072III-class landing ship with the pennant number 936, sitting in Wuchang Shipyard in Hubei province with a new, massive gun turret fitted on its bow
Chinese military experts on Monday claimed that Chinas first home-made carrier is equipped with better construction technology and weaponry than Indias first domestically made aircraft carrier INS Vikrant, which is being assembled using foreign technologies. "In terms of technology, India's home-made aircraft carrier cannot compare with China's as China has taken a leap in construction technology and other relevant core technologies, including construction materials, the deck for fighter jets to ski jump and the radar system," Song Zhongping, a TV commentator and military expert, told the Global Times on Monday
The fighter jets will use an electromagnetic catapult on Chinas third aircraft carrier. The catapult technology developed by a team led by Ma Weiming, is likely to be employed on Chinas third aircraft carrier - and second domestically made carrier - to revitalize the army through science and technology, a Beijing based expert was quoted as saying by Global Times Thursday
China launched a new guided- missile frigate called 'Wuhai', which has stronger anti-submarine capabilities, in a commissioning ceremony held at a naval port in Dalian, north China's Liaoning province on Monday. The Type 056 corvette Wuhai, with good stealth performance and powerful surface attack and air defence capability, will undertake multiple missions such as costal patrol, fishing boats escort, attacking surface warships and submarine of the "enemy" independently or in joint operations
Chinas People's Liberation Army Navy has commissioned new missile frigate in a naval port in Northeast China's Dalian on Friday. According to Xinhua, Rizhao is a 140-meter-long and 16-meter-wide missile frigate designed and made by China
Newport News Shipbuilding reached the midpoint in the construction of the US Navys nuclear-powered aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) following the installation of one of the largest units on the ship
Chinese researchers are developing a smart, real-time sensing system for the military vehicles to enable smooth movement at night without lighting or in changeable lighting, local media reports. The researchers at the Second Academy of the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation told Science and Technology Daily on Tuesday that an intelligent sensor underdevelopment has a microchip a few centimeters in size that empowers the system to realize accurate real-time sensing of the driving environment
China's first locally built carrier, the Type 001A, is undergoing preparations for its first sea trial, with the scaffolds on the carrier completely removed and a phased array radar installed. "All the equipment and devices on the carrier are in the joint debugging stage, and the main engine has been powered
Recent footage released by Chinese TV broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) revealed new indigenously-built unmanned tank, a Type 59 tank, undergoing testing at an unidentified location in China. The Type 59 tank, the first medium-sized tank that China produced in bulk, has a relatively long service life
China is developing a reusable space plane that will be able to take off from a conventional runway and capable of taking people into space. The aircraft is being designed to transport passengers into near space and also to deliver astronauts and supplies to Chinas new space station, China Central Television reported Thursday
China has seen an increase of over 70 percent in its defense exports from 2012 to 2016 when compared to 2007-2011 overtaking Germany, France and the UK during the time. According to Chinese PLA Army run media publication, Chinamil, Barter trade and flexible payment terms have helped China to become the third largest weapon supplier in the world
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