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Please tell the US Navy you think they are idiots.
When they were ramping that ship up….there was no hypersonic stuff, so your point is moot.

At the level of an aircraft carrier, copying will actually be counter-productive. It's much better to make your own.

China's first carrier is a modified Russian heavy cruiser turned into a carrier. Their second is an improvement on that but still derived from that design. They are not happy with those carriers because they don't have a catapult.

That means their planes can only take off with half their weapons and half the fuel. The J-15 is the largest plane to be a used on a carrier anyway... it's big and heavy.

It was a no brainier to make a carrier WITH catapults. And they did not copy the US Navy's steam catapults. These are electric.
Of course they are. That’s what China can do, big electric stuff.

But electricity has a problem steam doesn’t. It’s on, or it’s off. With steam, even if it leaks, it can still function at some reduced level. And we have 70 years of experience making it work well.

Also, have you ever traced wiring? It’s a LOT easier to find a steam leak, than to find or isolate a short or a broken lead or a dead relay/capacitor/solenoid.

There’s a reason for everything under the sun. Being different or more modern isn’t always better.
 

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Buran was actually more functional in design than the American shuttle... which proved itself to be nothing more than an expensive death trap.
Dude…quit talking crap like that.
Honestly….you’re comparing the 2022 model against the 1991-2011 model, so it’s obviously going to be better.

So, since you don’t seem to bother with facts….

They flew 135 successful missions with the shuttles. How many have you done?

It was FAR more than an expensive death trap; it was an extremely successful first effort at a reusable near space vessel that could land on an airfield instead of in the ocean within 300 square miles of the target.

And the Buran wouldn’t even exist if that shuttle hadn’t gotten the job done.

The Buran is building off the lessons learned by the US shuttle, over the last 30 years. If it isn’t more functional, then they’d be stupid to bother with it. If that’s your only reason to puff up and crow….you should check yourself, as it’s pitiful.
 

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The problem with smaller carriers is that they can't carry as many aircraft and in many cases can't support larger aircraft. When the US activated F-14 squadrons, the older Midway class pig boat carriers were phased out. Also, carriers need large numbers of boats to provide AA and ASW. With carriers, bigger is almost always better. Very important that the Chinese have launched an oil burner. That's right out of WWII. Every time a carrier slows down for an UNREP it becomes a big slow-moving target. Same thing happens if you do lots of flight ops and need different ships to UNREP jet fuel and ordnance.
Exactly. You need a given number and type of ships to provide security and support for each carrier, no matter how big or small they are. 3 times the small carriers means 3 times all the other ships. And if you bundle them up and run 3 carriers in a group…well, you may as well have one big one that can do everything in all weather, it is cheaper and more efficient.

Besides…we keep hearing that hyper speed stuff is going to end the carrier…but technology keeps moving. It won’t be long before we come up with effective defenses…and no one has PROVEN the hyper crap can actually do what the media says, even against the tools we have now.
 

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The two new British carriers are also oil burners. :rolleyes:

I seems to me that just because the British are your pals, it's OK and modern if they make oil burners but when the Chinese make one, it's "WW2 time".
It seems to me that no one was even talking about the Brits, but if we had been, we’d have said they were old fashioned as well.🙄

Why do you make up things like that? NO ONE said what you are saying, except you. NO ONE but you. Stop acting like you know things about us, and stop thinking you know how we feel, when you’ve never even left your own front porch. It’s ridiculously ignorant.
 
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