Russia is struggling to develop advanced military hardware thanks to economic challenges. Russia has touted what it calls a strategic alliance with China, which may develop into plans to build a joint aircraft carrier.
A defense industry official, however, said China is raising its demands, and wants a controlling stake in the project.
‘We both tout the benefits of our friendship,’ the official said. ‘But the truth is, the Chinese are playing hardball.’
Age of aircraft carrier over for any real war but they remain useful for gunboat diplomacy in non-world war situations
Even if aircraft carriers would be highly vulnerable in a full scale major nations war, they are useful for bullying the lower tier military powers.
* a joint China-Russia development would enable both to get better aircraft carriers sooner
* Russia can ill afford tens of billions for the development of carriers
* China could accelerate carrier technology and learning deep open operations with a Russian partnership
As China’s military development partner Russia will stay relavant for another 2-3 decades.
Russia needs to restore its large navy ship building capability that they have essentially lost still the fall of the USSR.
China could try to work out an extended agreement for jet engines and military alloys with Russia.
China purchased Russia Nuclear Reactor Technology
There are examples where China has purchased and co-developed advanced technology from Russia while also pursuing their own domestic projects
China has bought two Russian BN-800 fast breeder reactors. A 1000 MWe Chinese prototype fast reactor (CDFR) based on CEFR is envisaged with construction start in 2017 and commissioning as the next step in CIAE’s program. This will be a 3-loop 2500 MWt pool-type, use MOX fuel with average 66 GWd/t burn-up, run at 544°C, have breeding ratio 1.2, with 316 core fuel assemblies and 255 blanket ones, and a 40-year life.
The CIAE’s CDFR 1000 is to be followed by a 1200 MWe CDFBR by about 2028, conforming to Gen IV criteria. This will have U-Pu-Zr fuel with 120 GWd/t burn-up and breeding ratio of 1.5, or less with minor actinide and long-lived fission product recycle.
The BN-800 reactor is a sodium-cooled fast breeder reactor, built at the Beloyarsk Nuclear Power Station, in Zarechny, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia. Designed to generate electrical power of 880 MW in total, the plant is the final step to the commercial plutonium cycle breeder. It was planned to start producing electricity in October, 2014, but the hydrodynamic problems in the core forced to implement some modification to fuel rods. By now (2015 July) the reactor is restarted at minimal controlled power to check the result of improvement. Officials say high power testing will follow in August but unofficial talks are less optimistic. Electricity production is now planned on January 2017.
China’s first commercial-scale, 800 MWe, fast neutron reactor, to be situated near Sanming city in Fujian province will be based upon the BN-800. In 2009 an agreement was signed that would entail the Russian BN-800 reactor design to be sold to the PRC once it is completed, this would be the first time commercial-scale fast neutron reactors have ever been exported.
China buying advanced Russian fighters while developing several of their own advanced fighters
China is purchasing 24 russian Su-35s fighters. China is still developing their own stealth fighters and bombers.
The SU-35s improves China’s military capability over the next five to ten years.
SOURCE – Wall Street Journal, wikipedia, world nuclear association
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