India’s aircraft carrier strategy ‘a failure’ says Chinese military strategist Liu Kui

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India’s aircraft carrier strategy ‘a failure’ says Chinese military strategist Liu Kui



A Chinese military strategist at a People’s Liberation Army Navy think-tank has dubbed India’s aircraft carrier strategy a failure, calling for China to expand its own carrier programme as the PLA Navy readies its aircraft second carrier.

Liu Kui, of the Naval Equipment Research Institute of the PLA Navy, said that the recent decommissioning of INS Viraat, which left India with one aircraft carrier, had shown that India’s long-time strategy to dominate the Indian Ocean with three aircraft carriers was “falling flat”.

“The Indian Navy’s dream of having three aircraft carriers has fallen flat because it overestimated its R&D capability and the country’s overall strength, and undertook an excessively massive strategy that eventually got stranded,” said Liu, in an article published on the PLA’s official website, in Chinese and in English.

“To achieve the goal of three aircraft carriers, India, while extending the INS Viraat’s service time, invested a lot of money to modify the INS Vikramaditya and carried on with the INS Vikrant development, but the seemingly efficient ‘three-pronged’ approach didn’t go as successfully as expected,” he said.

“The INS Vikramaditya has cost so much money that the new INS Vikrant that should have been commissioned in 2014 won’t be completed until 2018, and whether India can meet that deadline is still uncertain.”

Lessons for China

He said there were “lessons” for China from India’s experience, and that it should carry on with its aircraft carrier programme as well as enhance civilian-military integration to boost capabilities.

His comments came as Chinese military officials signalled that China’s second aircraft carrier – its first home-grown one after the refitted Liaoning – would be ready for sea trials by 2019. At the on-going session of China’s National People’s Congress or Parliament, which announced a 7 per cent hike in defence spending, several military experts have called for a boost to the Navy’s funding and to expand the aircraft carrier programme.

PLA Navy Rear Admiral Yin Zhuo, who is also a member of parliament, said China “needs two carrier strike groups in the West Pacific Ocean and two in the Indian Ocean. So, we need at least five to six aircraft carriers.”

In the article, the PLA Navy expert, Liu Kui, said that Indian navy strategists had envisaged “two aircraft carriers in order to ‘dominate’ the Indian Ocean and control the Bay of Bengal east of India and the Arabian Sea” and “a third aircraft carrier as a mobile force to provide quick aid or sail to other sea areas critical for its interests.”

India’s ocean strategy

“However, in comparison to India’s ocean strategy, its aircraft carrier development hasn’t been a plain sailing,” he said. “First, India isn’t capable of independent ship R&D and modification. Second, India’s strategic layout isn’t consistent with its overall national strength.”

He also said India had a “carrier complex” and “mistook the deterrence of aircraft carrier for combat capability”. “It is imperative to develop aircraft carriers, but it cannot be hurried through. Not all carrier-borne aircraft can be put into combat, but India insisted on increasing the number of aircraft carriers under such circumstances.”

He concluded there were lessons for China, starting with providing “continuous support to the development of aircraft carriers.”

Indian Navy continuously growing in strength

“Although no large-scale warfare broke out in the Indian Ocean in the past few decades, the Indian Navy is continuously growing in strength, and the existence of aircraft carrier especially deters other countries along the Indian Ocean from violating India’s marginal islands. In peacetime, an aircraft carrier is an effective naval vessel that displays deterrence and protects regional and world peace.”He said China should also “continue to reinforce its innovation and R&D capability” rather than, as in India’s case, rely on imports, and also “make steady progress with combat capability as the top priority” rather than “in haste”.

He also called for further civilian-military integration, which has enabled China to build a domestic military industrial complex.

“A major obstacle in India’s development of aircraft carriers is the inadequate overall national strength, which makes it unable to afford the operation and R&D of three aircraft carriers all at once,” he concluded. “The future war isn’t just about the military, but concerns the whole nation. China should promote and implement the military-civilian strategy in depth and advance national and military development in parallel.

http://idrw.org/chinese-military-strategist-liu-kui-says-indias-aircraft-carrier-strategy-a-failure/


Comes from a country which hasn't operated a carrier ever and Indian navy not only operated a carrier for last 50 years but successfully used it in 1971 war against Pakistan.
 
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Lol, China can cry all it want. Nothing projects power like AC. No rsussian warship made headlines going to syria, but their only AC did. Anyway, its not some 'show off' thing for us, its actual necessity.



We need at least have 7-8 ACs by 30, or at least I hope so. 5-6 on duty while others get serviced. Also need to convert part A&N to a big naval base.
 

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Lol, China can cry all it want. Nothing projects power like AC. No rsussian warship made headlines going to syria, but their only AC did. Anyway, its not some 'show off' thing for us, its actual necessity.



We need at least have 7-8 ACs by 30, or at least I hope so. 5-6 on duty while others get serviced. Also need to convert part A&N to a big naval base.
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Cool down bro
7-8 aircraft carriers that too by 2030.
We need 4(minimum) to 6(maximum) aircraft carriers only.
They are very expensive to operate
 

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There is no substitute to experience. Chines AC operator have none. Only thing they have is over confidence. Taking a copied, reverse engineered AC, made in China, on voyage in South China Sea is one thing. Taking it 4,000 km away to Indian Ocean under the hostile watch from Indian and US navy is another. That distance, lack of experience can sink Chinese AC in a short fight. So watch it Chinese experts, watch carefully. Your over confidence may sink one of your AC in a jiffy.
 

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The real intention is to force India to spend more on aircraft carriers which are expensive to build and operate.

if we spend our defence budget wisely on naval assets, Chinese have to spend more to achieve supremacy in ior.

Anyway Indian supremacy in ior only going to increase with future aquisations.
 

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Dont worry about their opinion. Just a couple of days back, chinese media wrote a nice article saying "Indian aircraft carriers ensured IN dominance in Indian ocean".

Now they are saying this.
 

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They are using the same strategy as India buying Soviet ski jumps. It doesn't hold any strategic value until you get CATOBAR.
 

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Nice flame bait article... Who is this Liu Kui?
 

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There is no substitute to experience. Chines AC operator have none. Only thing they have is over confidence. Taking a copied, reverse engineered AC, made in China, on voyage in South China Sea is one thing. Taking it 4,000 km away to Indian Ocean under the hostile watch from Indian and US navy is another. That distance, lack of experience can sink Chinese AC in a short fight. So watch it Chinese experts, watch carefully. Your over confidence may sink one of your AC in a jiffy.
Chinese aircraft carriers and gang bang by salvo of 6-8 Brahmos missiles. A match made in "HEAVEN".:brahmos::brahmos::brahmos::brahmos::brahmos::brahmos::brahmos::brahmos:
 

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Why are the Chinese Monkeys aka ex-military bozos and the joke of a news agency called the Global Times constantly lecturing India on their mistakes.

Do these dumbass Chinaman think anyone in India even gives a shit about what they say. They make fun of Indian R&D, and yet they can't design or make squat in defense R&D without copying or modifying Russian US designs.
 

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Why are the Chinese Monkeys aka ex-military bozos and the joke of a news agency called the Global Times constantly lecturing India on their mistakes.

Do these dumbass Chinaman think anyone in India even gives a shit about what they say. They make fun of Indian R&D, and yet they can't design or make squat in defense R&D without copying or modifying Russian US designs.

They are not lecturing India or Indians. They are writing this in a Chinese newspaper not in Indian newspapers so the targeted audience are Chinese or Chinafiles. This guy is telling Chinese that Indian carrier strategy is very poor and China should not emulate it. That's all.
 

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Elaboration??

It's totally baseless. India had target to operate 3 CBGs in next decade and no major schedule setback received till now.
He elaborated in his article. It is just his opinion to other Chinese. He is not saying anything to Indians.

Basically, he said that the Indian carrier program is poorly planned, the ships are too expensive for India's economy and the Indian ship-building industry is not big enough to support building carriers. So China should plan better, budget China's carriers appropriately in regards to its economy and continue development of it shipbuilding industry.

For example, Vikramaditya was way overbudgeted for free carrier with a very limited operational design (large island that forces it to have only one lane so it cannot launch and recover at the same time, also its lift is in the middle of its runway(!)). The reason for this is India's limited shipbuilding capability that forced it into such a bad design by making it dependent on Russia.

Anyways, it is his opinion. He does not expect any Indians to read it. He is saying that China can avoid the same mistakes by looking at India.
 

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He elaborated in his article. It is just his opinion to other Chinese. He is not saying anything to Indians.

Basically, he said that the Indian carrier program is poorly planned, the ships are too expensive for India's economy and the Indian ship-building industry is not big enough to support building carriers. So China should plan better, budget China's carriers appropriately in regards to its economy and continue development of it shipbuilding industry.

For example, Vikramaditya was way overbudgeted for free carrier with a very limited operational design (large island that forces it to have only one lane so it cannot launch and recover at the same time, also its lift is in the middle of its runway(!)). The reason for this is India's limited shipbuilding capability that forced it into such a bad design by making it dependent on Russia.

Anyways, it is his opinion. He does not expect any Indians to read it. He is saying that China can avoid the same mistakes by looking at India.
Yes it is an opinion, but it has a purpose. China is nervous because of rise of Indian Navy.

Secondly the second aircraft carrier which India is building is of highest build quality acknowledged by Americans.

I agree with some of his opinions, India is yet to master the catobar technology, carrier aviation and Nuclear power.
 

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Yes it is an opinion, but it has a purpose. China is nervous because of rise of Indian Navy.

Secondly the second aircraft carrier which India is building is of highest build quality acknowledged by Americans.

I agree with some of his opinions, India is yet to master the catobar technology, carrier aviation and Nuclear power.

Actually, China is way more nervous about the US Navy. But China is a new aircraft carrier nation so India used as a point of reference here as another carrier nation from Asia and the 3rd World. Comparing to the US is not helpful.

To be perfectly honest, the Americans called India's first Indigenous AC, the Vikrant, a horribly mismanaged project that is over budget and will be delayed until the middle of the next decade. The Vikrant is exactly the example that the author wants China to learn and avoid by looking at India's program.
 

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