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China's Aircraft Carrier Outdoes Russia's In Weapon Quality

Cui Yiliangexecutive editor of the Modern Ships magazineanswered some questionsabout China's first aircraft carrierthe Liaoningfrom registered users of the People'sDaily Online on the morning of Sept. 28.

When asked about the differences between the Liaoning and Russia's aircraft carrier,the Admiral KuznetsovCui said that the Liaoning was refitted from the Varyagthesister ship of the Admiral KuznetsovBoth ships were produced by the former SovietUnionThe Admiral Kuznetsov was in fact the first aircraft carrier independently built bythe former Soviet Unionand many of its design flaws were corrected in the Varyag.

Cui said that according to photos published by the mediathe Liaoning is quite differentfrom both the Admiral Kuznetsov and the original VaryagThe most marked changesoccurred in their radar and electronic systems as well as defensive weaponsThephased array radar is a prominent feature of the Admiral Kuznetsovbut was notinstalled on the former Soviet Union's second aircraft carrierthe Varyagbecause ofthe radar's unsatisfactory performanceThe Liaoning also has a phased array radarsystembut it was produced by China and must perform better than that on the AdmiralKuznetsovThis is the biggest change.

"Another marked changed occurred in the close-in weapon system," Cui saidTheLiaoning loses to the Admiral Kuznetsov in the quantity of weaponsbut wins in thequalityCompared to the Admiral Kuznetsov built in the 1980s, the Liaoning has moreaccess to new technologiesnew equipmentand even new design ideasAs for thecombat strength of aircraft carriersit is not enough to just consider the aircraft carriersthemselvesCarrier-based aircraft are the core of a carrier battle groupWe need topay close attention to the carrier-based aircraft that will be deployed on the Liaoningbecause the combat strength of aircraft carriers actually depends on their aircraft.


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