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    Post  GarryB on Sat Jun 15, 2019 11:33 am

    If they (who used CAT for decades, after Brits invented it, & sold it to France & Brazil) can't, what r the odds that Russia & China can?

    Ahhh, because of course if the Brits and Americans can use steam cats then they can immediately overcome the problems involved in EM cats, but the fact that they clearly are not means no one can.

    So I assume you will claim that not only will China not be able to develop EM cats but also wont be able to develop steam cats either and that of course carrier borne fighters will also elude them as a technology... because clearly they need to start with biplanes and work their way up.

    The facts are that steam cats are complicated and difficult to perfect and require time and energy and experience to develop into a mature system... and EM cats are not different, they require completely new technologies and materials and will require time and energy to develop and then experience to perfect into a mature and effective system.

    The Russians are not disadvantaged by not having had a working steam system... because they are totally different and require completely different technologies and materials.

    Given the choice of a perfected system in steam or EMALS the latter is clearly superior in every way... why would the USN even consider EMALS if it wasn't better?

    So if it is better why would Russia waste time and money and effort developing a clearly inferior system... it would be like developing a new pistol to compete with the Boa... but the new pistol will be a flintlock pistol...  reliably unreliable...

    Well, they r too expensive to fail & some use will be found for them in the meantime.

    Fill them up with plastic waste and dump them offshore around enemy countries.... solves multiple problems all at once...

    F-18s can be given some modifications; they already have strong landing gear & airframe.

    They probably could but would get a huge drop in operational performance because operational weights will drop leading to reduced payload and reduced fuel load...
    Making them less capable than aircraft operating from much older carriers...

    Tilt-rotors can be made into AWACS. Future high speed attack/transport helos & UAVs can also be based on those Ford CVNs.

    Yeah... Funnies testbed... for the next D Day. Two Ford carriers... 26 billion dollars well spent...
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    Post  Tsavo Lion on Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:06 pm

    So I assume you will claim that not only will China not be able to develop EM cats but also wont be able to develop steam cats either and that of course carrier borne fighters will also elude them as a technology...
    They had decades to study them from ex-RAN Melbourne they were supposed to scrap & other info. obtained by their Intel. I agree it's not a problem in series but it may take them many years to master EMALS tech, & I doubt they'll want to repeat the USS Ford saga, not having 10 other CVNs like in the USN.
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    Post  GarryB on Sun Jun 16, 2019 2:10 am

    If the S400 detectes the F35 at 35km compare to 200km for f16/f15/f18/su35 like the Turkish say, then the F35 is certainly worthwhile.

    How would Turkey know yet?

    They have trained on the S-400 system in Russia and they have trained on the F-35 in the US, but these two systems have never met in Turkey.

    After flying at supersonic speeds it seems the RAM on the tail area bubbles and falls off so I am not so sure how stealthy an F-35 would remain in a combat situation anyway... sounds like it will be subsonic only till they fix that...

    They had decades to study them from ex-RAN Melbourne they were supposed to scrap & other info. obtained by their Intel.

    They have had decades to study Su-27 engines but still buy them from Russia for new aircraft... do you think the Soviets didn't get hold of the full specs for US steam cat systems? There have been lots of breaches of security during the cold war regarding secrets like that...

    I agree it's not a problem in series but it may take them many years to master EMALS tech, & I doubt they'll want to repeat the USS Ford saga, not having 10 other CVNs like in the USN.

    From the Russian perspective it does not matter whether they develop steam cats or EM cats... no one will actively help them so they need to learn how to produce mature effective systems on their own with their own money... going for steam cats means a less capable result... it is like developing a new sniper rifle... do they start with a flintlock or percussion cap?

    Why invest money in a deadend obsolete technology?

    And they can't repeat the USS Ford saga because their fighter aircraft don't need EMALS to operate from a carrier... it will just be their heavy aircraft types... AWACS and inflight refuelling tanker and transport type.
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    Post  Tsavo Lion on Sun Jun 16, 2019 4:23 am

    And they can't repeat the USS Ford saga because their fighter aircraft don't need EMALS to operate from a carrier... it will just be their heavy aircraft types... AWACS and inflight refuelling tanker and transport type.
    They don't need to mimic the PLAN anymore than the USN; if only those aircraft need EMALS, helos &/ tilt-rotors can be used for those missions, saving $Bs in the long run.
    They can design them but the final word will come from the Russian Duma &/ the Kremlin.

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