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Chinese American Style Military Systems

Chinese American Style Military Systems

Type 726 LCAC[edit]

Type 726 LCAC with NATO reporting name Yuyi class is a natural development of Type 722 series LCAC. Type 726 LCAC is usually carried by Type 071 amphibious transport dock, and up to four can be housed in the Well deck of Type 071. Designed by Aviation Industry Corporation of China and constructed by Jiangnan Shipyard, the first unit was launched in December, 2009 and entered Chinese service soon after. Type 726 LCAC is frequently viewed as the Chinese equivalent of USN LCAC due to their similar size and missions, but Type 726 LCAC carries less cargo because domestic Chinese engine for its LCAC is bulkier and heavier than that of the USN LCAC, but nonetheless, up to 60 tons of cargo can be carried, enough for a Type 99 tank. In contrast, USN LCAC can carry more around 70 tons of cargo. Most Chinese internet websites have claimed that the tank Type 726 LCAC will carry would most likely be the lighter Type 96, which will probably be adopted by People's Liberation Army Marine Corps than the heavier and costlier Type 99, but such claims have yet to be verified by official / governmental / western sources.
  • Length: 30 meter
  • Beam: 16 meter
  • Displacement: 150 - 160 tons
  • Speed: > 60 kts, depending on cargo loads (80 kts reached in trials when unloaded)
  • Cargo capacity: 50 ton normal, 60 ton (max overload)
  • Armament: gun mounts for machine guns & grenade launchers

The Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) is a class of air-cushion vehicle (hovercraft) used as landing craft by the United States Navy's Assault Craft Units and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). They transport weapons systems, equipment, cargo and personnel of the assault elements of the Marine Air/Ground Task Force both from ship to shore and across the beach.

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A US Navy LCAC maneuvers to enter the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge

China is set to complete its first large-deck amphibious assault ship—the Type 075—by 2020. The vessel, which is currently under construction at the Hudong Zhonghua shipyards in Shanghai, is roughly the same size as one of the U.S. Navy’s Wasp-class (LHD-1) amphibious assault ships.
Type 075-class vessels would complement China’s existing fleet of four Type 071 amphibious transport dock ships, which are similar in concept to the U.S. Navy’s San Antonio-class (LPD-17) vessels. The vessels can haul an entire battalion of PLAN marines, their equipment and ship-to-shore connectors—including air-cushioned landing craft, 20 armored vehicles and four helicopters. Two more Type 071s are currently under construction.
Together, the Type 075 and Type 071 would provide China with a formidable power projection and amphibious assault capability–second only to the United States Navy. 
Ships will strengthen navy as Beijing makes more assertive claims to disputed waters in South China Sea and increases sea patrols amid strained ties with Taiwan

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 29 March, 2017, 5:03pm
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Type 071 Landing Platform Dock (LPD)

Type 071 landing platform dock (LPD) is a new class of amphibious warfare vessels built by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding, a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), for the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).

The Type 071 LPD is primarily deployed in amphibious landing missions The first LPD in the series, Kunlun Shan (998), was launched in December 2006 and commissioned in November 2007.

Go Ahead, China—Copy Our Crappiest Warplane
Desperate to project power in the South China Sea, Beijing is working on a hovering “jump jet” that looks a lot like the Pentagon’s F-35B. But this bit of espionage will cost them.

So it should come as no surprise that when the PLA Daily, the Chinese military’s official mouthpiece, announced the formal launch of the jump jet program back in March, the unofficial artwork that accompanied the announcement looked almost exactly like an F-35B, with only a few noticeable changes. Which means the J-18 could inherit the F-35’s bulk and cumbersomeness.

According to the Chinese press, the new J-18 will fly from new assault ships that are in development for the Chinese navy. But it’s the prospect of land-based ops that has really raised eyebrows across the Pacific. Jeffrey Lin, an analyst with the Noetic Corporation, a Washington, D.C., consulting firm, said he imagines J-18s “basing off of small islands as organic air support” during some future conflict.

Since late 2014 China has been busily building artificial islands in the South China Sea, piling dredged sand atop fragile coral reefs, then constructing piers, helipads, and runways—all in an effort to cement its claim on the surrounding mineral-rich waters, which the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Vietnam also claim.

“At least some of the contested islands claimed by China may not be able to support large runways—

J-18 Red Eagle VSTOL (Jianjiji-18 Fighter aircraft 18) / F-18
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