More generally Liaoning carrier group 4 yesterday pointed to just some of the weaknesses of Liaoning + its escorts as an effective fighting unit. Today I decided to reiterate the overwhelming potential threats to a Chinese attempt (that would use the Liaoning group) to project power east to the Second island chain.
Liaoning's current to medium term (out to 2030) uses will be published tomorrow.
long-range anti-shipping missile capabilities, and
very few years) that may bite (on land or sea) the Chinese hand that feeds it.
(for ASW and anti-surface missions) that Liaoning doesn't have
within range of Liaoning), and
For undersea-submarine superiority, against forces of the power and standard of the US and Russian navies, China would need:
- SSNs of higher quality than China's Type 093s, and
The whole Western strategy of restricting Chinese power projection beyond the Second island chain, east into the broad Pacific, may collapse if the US adopts any isolationist, withdrawal from Asian bases from Guam or Darwin strategy.
So what use is Liaoning to China currently and out to the medium (15 year) term?