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Carrier-based aircraft to enter unmanned era

(People's Daily Online)

08:19, October 10, 2012

Translated by People's Daily Online

The carrier-based aircraft are the core equipment of the carrier battle group to implement air defense, approach and attack the objective and control tasks in the battlefield. If the carrier battle group were a warrior, the carrier-based aircraft were the sword in his hands.

Recently, U.S. navy's carrier-based F-35C fighter completed its first flight test carrying external weapon. The F-35C fighter has once again become the focus of world attention and some experts said that the F-35C fighter will stand for the future development direction of shipboard aircraft.

Unmanned aircraft will become a trend in the future

In the 21st century, another round of high tide in the development, improvements, purchases and renewals of new-type carrier-based aircraft will come. The United States, Britain, France, Russia and India are in different stages in pre-research, engineering development, mass production, upgrade and improvement of carrier-based aircraft. These new-type aircraft cover almost all types of aircraft, including multi-role fighters, attack aircraft, early warning aircraft and electronic warfare aircraft.

With the advances in aircraft technology, the fourth-generation fighter with stealth, high mobility and advanced avionics system has gradually become the main battle force in the 21st century, with F-35C and F/A-18E/F being the mainstream of modern aircraft carrier equipment.

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