China 2035 Plan is Half as Many Aircraft Carrier Groups as USA

China plans to build at least six aircraft battle groups by 2035.

China will have two aircraft carrier groups for each area (Yellow Sea, East and South China seas).

China has developed the insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) chip which enables high-efficiency electric energy conversion systems for electromagnetic aircraft launchers.

China refit a used aircraft carrier (Liaoning) from Ukraine. It is only to be used for training purposes.

China started building its first Type 002 carrier in early 2015. This will be China’s third carrier and the first one with an electromagnetic launcher. It will not be nuclear powered. It should be the first carrier that is not a relatively small and crappy carrier.

China is expected to launch its next-generation aircraft carrier within a year and construction on a sister ship for the new giant vessel has been hastened. Both of these are not nuclear powered and should be roughly equal to the UK Queen Elizabeth 2 aircraft carriers.

China’s fifth aircraft carrier should be nuclear powered and would start to get close to US super-carrier capability.

Two of the UK type aircraft carriers would be about equal to one of the US supercarriers. The US will have 11-12 super-carrier groups at any time and about nine or ten smaller jump jet carriers. The has ten to twenty times the conventional military capability of countries like the UK, France, Japan or Germany.

Russia is only able to match the USA on nuclear weapons. Russia’s economy is about ten to twenty times smaller and its military budget is over twenty times less. China is reaching about one-quarter to one-third US military spending. However, military capacity is built up over decades.

China will clearly outclass India’s military and other Asia region powers but the US will stay the dominant global military beyond 2050.

SOURCES- South China Morning Post
Written By Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com