(From National Interest)
China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is making great strides in developing its carrier-based aviation proficiency. Recently, the PLAN finished qualifying a new batch of naval aviators flying the Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark onboard its sole carrier Liaoning in the Bohai Bay.
According to the state-owned news agency Xinhua, J-15 pilots flew touch-and-goes, missed approaches and practiced other contingencies for carrier-based operations. Members of China’s Central Military Commission, PLAN commander Wu Shengli and PLAN political commissar Miao Hua were onboard the refurbished Soviet-built carrier to observe the training operations.
Unlike previous photos and video of Chinese carrier operations—the PLAN J-15 were painted in operational colors rather than flight-test schemes. Moreover, the aircraft were shown operating at dusk rather than just daylight hours. Nor was the carrier always sailing in calm seas—some of the operations were during inclement weather. Read More