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# 2
08-04-2011, 03:56 AM
I highly doubt something like this will ever actually be built. Looks pretty on paper, but a catamaran design on a 300k ton vessel? Imagine the torsion stress on the center part of the deck in high seas. There's a reason carrier hullforms are pretty well standard, since it keeps the flight deck as stable as possible.

Then there's the issue of where do you drydock this beast? How do you slip a vessel that large past Taiwan, Japan, or the Philippines--none of whom are particularly fond of China.

Or the giant bullseye that would be painted on a carrier that large, and the enormous battlegroup that would be needed to protect it.
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# 3
08-04-2011, 03:58 AM
Maybe it's Voltron tech, meaning it's actualy two ships connected together.
You could build and drydock the parts individually.
But you'Re right, there's are reason catamaran shapes are not used everywhere.
As I recall they tend to capsize when forces affect them from the side...
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# 4
08-04-2011, 04:13 AM
China doesn't even have a working aircraft carrier yet, and the one they are working on is Ukrainian Cold War relic that they've, so far, failed to get even close to operational so far.


So yes, it looks OK on paper... but they can't even get a more primitive one, with many of the parts already in place, running. They have a very, very, very, very long ways to go to even get a taste of the might American carriers currently posses.
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# 5
08-04-2011, 04:21 AM
Thats just a model made by a 3d model enthusiast. It's certainly not a viable design for a future aircraft carrier. China's latest carrier is actually an old Soviat carrier that was never completed, its currently undergoing completion in China. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_...carrier_Varyag

To be honest, I'd say a Trimaran design is better than a caterman design, its more stable and also allows for heat sources to be kept in the center of the ship to reduce the heat signiture, as well as providing a more stable flight deck. You also have to consider the ships draft as well. It's not good have a huge ship with a large draft if very few harbours can accomadate it, you also have to take into account there are certain sea passages that have fairly low depths, making a 'super ship' may sound cool, but operationally its not always the best approach.
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# 6
08-04-2011, 04:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Steel-Hyena
China doesn't even have a working aircraft carrier yet, and the one they are working on is Ukrainian Cold War relic that they've, so far, failed to get even close to operational so far.


So yes, it looks OK on paper... but they can't even get a more primitive one, with many of the parts already in place, running. They have a very, very, very, very long ways to go to even get a taste of the might American carriers currently posses.
Remember that the Varyag was not a complete ship and China has only been working on it for a few years. I believe most American carriers take about 10 years to put into an operational state. (and they have the expertise in place already).
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# 7
08-04-2011, 04:28 AM
I know that there were some early designs floating about for a trimaran aircraft carrier when the UK Royal Navy were thinking about building their latest generation of carrier.
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# 8
08-04-2011, 04:58 AM
nonsense. al lof it.

The next generation of carriers will be submersibles, that launch drones.
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# 9
08-04-2011, 05:03 AM
It's insane to think that someone would build that.

But if they want to spend 25 years on it before it even hits sea trials go for it.. It takes us at least 3 years of computer design before the dry dock even starts production, 8-9 years of actual construction, and another year of sea trials..

And we already have the expertise, equipment, and shipbuilding ability in place. China would be starting from scratch. Let um waste 30 billion dollars to get a giant target moving.. Since they lack the proper deep sea fleet to properly protect such a vessel.. /shrug
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# 10
08-04-2011, 05:14 AM
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Originally Posted by claydermunch View Post
nonsense. al lof it.

The next generation of carriers will be submersibles, that launch drones.
Someone already tried.
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