Gabriel Dominguez and Sean O’Connor - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
17 November 2017
加布里埃尔·多明格斯和肖恩·奥康纳 - IHS简氏防务周刊
DigitalGlobe imagery captured on 1 November 2017 showing a J-15 at the catapult test facility at Huangdicun Airbase in China. (2017 DigitalGlobe, Inc./2017 IHS Markit)
在2017年11月1日拍摄的DigitalGlobe图像在中国的荒地村（Huangdicun）空军基地的弹射测试设施上看到了一架J-15。 （2017 DigitalGlobe，Inc. 2017 IHS Markit）
Further details have been revealed about China’s development of a conventionally powered electromagnetic catapult that will reportedly be fitted onto the second of the country’s indigenously built aircraft carriers, commonly referred to as the Type 002.
Rear Admiral Yin Zhuo, director of the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN’s) expert consultation committee, was quoted on 16 November by the state-owned China Daily newspaper as saying on China Central Television that the system has been tested with Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (SAC) J-15 carrier-borne fighter aircraft. “J-15s have conducted thousands of take-offs using the electromagnetic launch system,” he said.
China was able to develop the device because its engineers have designed a “state-of-the-art ship-based power system”, said Rear Adm Yin, claiming that his country has “outperformed” the United States in the development of such systems.
“Compared with the US we have better technologies in key parts such as motor-control devices and power distribution software. We are leaders in the research and development of integrated electric power systems,” he added.
The Chinese military has yet to announce details regarding the new carrier, the construction of which has reportedly been delayed to include the new catapult system in its configuration.
On 1 November the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post ( SCMP ) newspaper had quoted PLAN and Chinese defence industry officials as saying that the Type 002 will be equipped with an electromagnetic catapult.
Jane’s previously reported that the system is allegedly similar to the General Atomics Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) being fitted to the US Navy’s (USN’s) latest Gerald R Ford-class carriers.
简氏之前曾报道称，该系统据称与安装在美国海军（USN）最新的杰拉尔德R福特（Gerald R Ford）级航空母舰上的通用原子公司电磁弹射系统（EMALS）类似。
However, in a change from how the USN has approached the development of EMALS, sources within the PLAN told SCMP that Chinese industry had developed a new integrated propulsion system (IPS) that would enable the operation of the Chinese-made catapult system without the need to equip the PLAN’s carriers with a nuclear powerplant.