China's aircraft carrier superior to India's INS Vikrant: Chinese experts

China had inaugurated its aircraft carrier in April last year amid rising tension in the Korean peninsula. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 23, 2018, 08.46 AM (IST)

China's state-run Global Times today said India's aircraft carrier INS Vikrant does not compare in weaponry and technology with China's first home-made carrier which will enter service in 2020.

China had inaugurated its aircraft carrier in April last year amid rising tension in the Korean peninsula. China hasn't revealed much about its carrier which is a "state secret".

The government had said earlier that the new carrier’s design draws on experiences from the country’s first carrier - the Liaoning - bought second-hand from Ukraine in 1998 and refitted in China.

China's military expert Song Zhongping told the Chinese daily that, "India's home-made aircraft carrier cannot compare with China as it has taken a leap in construction technology and other relevant core technologies," adding,"India still relies on other countries' technology in building its aircraft carrier."

Another expert, Li Jie told the right-leaning Chinese daily that,"INS Vikrant is more likely an assemblage of foreign technologies made by India."

"The aircraft carrier's design is from France and Italy, its power system from the US and the weapon system is also from overseas," Li Jie declared.

Song Zhongping said as far as combat capability was concerned China's first "home-made aircraft carrier" carried the "Shenyang J-15, a large antisubmarine helicopter", which could also be used for early warning and search and rescue operations.  

"Its defence system was also developed domestically," Song added.

"China's second home-made carrier may adopt an electromagnetic catapult system, and the domestically developed radar system will be more accurate and far-reaching. The destroyers and frigates which form the aircraft carrier fleet would also be stronger," Li said.

Li also said it was meaningless to merely compare the aircraft carriers of China and India as the competitiveness of the navies in the future lies in comprehensive combat capabilities and cooperation of different forces.

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Song Zhongping said as far as combat capability was concerned China's first "home-made aircraft carrier" carried the "Shenyang J-15, a large antisubmarine helicopter".