PLA General admits China developing large amphibious assault ship

2012-11-15 –  On November 13, CCTV Commentator, Rear Admiral Yin Zhuo, says China is developing a large amphibious assault ship which is similar to the Landing Helicopter Assault ship in United States Navy on CCTV-4 “Today’s Focus” Interview program. Yin’s voice is China’s first time publicly expression on amphibious assault ship development and attracts media attentions.

Chinese artist’s CG Imagination of PLA Navy LHA ship

In the CCTV program, when the host asking that PLA new WZ-10 helicopters would be deployed on the aircraft carrier, Rear Admiral Yin Zhuo replied: “WZ-10 and WZ-19 may deployed in China’s future amphibious assault ship. And China now is developing a new generation of amphibious ship, 40000 ton displacement, like U.S. Navy Landing Helicopter Assault LHD ship. The heavy transportation helicopters on this amphibious assault ship will be escorted by armed choppers like WZ-10 and WZ-19.”

There were indications that the Chinese Navy amphibious assault ship has displacement of 48,000 tons. When PLA Navy has these warships, China will be able to deploy armed forces in any country of the Western Pacific area. Analysts pointed out that, once the Sino-Japanese military conflict breaks, Chinese warships will use this type of amphibious assault ship on Okinawa and the Japan four largest islands landing operations.

An amphibious assault ship (also referred to as a commando carrier or an amphibious assault carrier) is a type of amphibious warfare ship employed to land and support ground forces on enemy territory by an amphibious assault. The design evolved from the helicopter carrier, but includes support for amphibious landing craft, with most designs including a well deck.

The America class amphibious assault ship is the newest amphibious assault ship of U.S. Navy. The America class LHA has displacement of 45,000 long tons and uses helicopters and MV-22B Osprey V/STOLs, supported by AV-8B Harrier or F-35 Lightning II V/STOL fighter planes and various attack helicopters.

Yin Zhuo on CCTV-4 “Today’s Focus” Interview program

17 comments

  1. Whether it is in military or economics, China wins with its hand down.
    Japan can only depend on its limited downgraded USA AEGIS destroyers, F15, etc.
    And if China military disabled all the GPS satellites up in the sky, Japan is totally immobilized.
    But why should China bothers to fight a conventional war with Japan when she can easily defeats her with her economic might. Example 185,000 VW sold in Oct 2012 and none of the Japanese cars in the top ten, Japan is heading for a fiscal cliff with a debt to GDP ratio of more than 250%. Meanwhile China industrial out, PMI, surplus has all recovered and is surging ahead.

    • I really disagree with your statements. Aegis and F-15 are more than capable against the Chinese navy. The upgraded F-15E will certainly match or exceed any aircraft that China can mount against them. You also fail to realize that if China does attack Japan the U.S. has a military obligation to defend Japan. China is decades away from challenging the U.S. navy. We both know what the outcome would be if the Chinese navy attempted to challenger the U.S. navy.
      As for economics the last thing China would do was use economics. China economic growth is strictly due to exporting. China’s population does not have purchasing power to absorb all the goods produced.
      China’s new leadership is focusing on maintaining a minimum 7.5% economic growth rate which will be difficult due to the economic down turn in the world economy. If the world economy is not buying product, China’s growth rate will tumble which equates to job losses in China. Job losses in China can turn into civil unrest which is a direct threat to the government. The Chinese goverment already has huge domestic issues and can ill afford more problems. Communist idiology stopped driving China decades ago. Money (Capitalism) now drives China.

    • I really disagree with your statements. Aegis and F-15 are more than capable against the Chinese navy. The upgraded F-15E will certainly match or exceed any aircraft that China can mount against them. You also fail to realize that if China does attack Japan the U.S. has a military obligation to defend Japan. China is decades away from challenging the U.S. navy. We both know what the outcome would be if the Chinese navy attempted to challenge the U.S. navy.
      As for economics the last thing China would do was use economics. China economic growth is strictly due to exporting. China’s population does not have purchasing power to absorb all the goods produced.
      China’s new leadership is focusing on maintaining a minimum 7.5% economic growth rate which will be difficult due to the economic down turn in the world economy. If the world economy is not buying product, China’s growth rate will tumble which equates to job losses in China. Job losses in China can turn into civil unrest which is a direct threat to the government. The Chinese goverment already has huge domestic issues and can ill afford more problems. Communist idiology stopped driving China decades ago. Money (Capitalism) now drives China.

  2. bLah, blah, blah… talk is cheap,,, when the invasion comes…. the chinese will do to the japs what the japs did to the chinese during ww2….

    • Do you even know what the Japs did to the Chinese during WW2, and the rest of Asia? Those kind of attrocities were only committed by the Japs. No other civilised people would do such animalistic things. Even modern Japs have a hard time believing human was capable to do those things.

      • What a supid question. The rape of Nanking, etc. Not to mention the Baton Death march of U.S. servicemen. No other civiliized people would do such a animalistic thing? My question to you. Have you heard of the Nazi’s and WWII, Stalin, Mao. Try reading non censored history.

        • Jim you must be typical ignorant white. You failed (on purposed) to mention savages-white-”people”-like yourself done to the native americans, the aboriginals, the blacks. These white savages pigs pretty much slaughtered the whole native population. White savages pigs are same level as these jap dogs this is why you cant see the reasoning. Jim try stop lying to yourself!

  3. From a strategical points of view, China is dragging USA into a military race that will exhaust U.S. to bankruptcy say 20 years from now and it seems U.S. is taking the bait squarely. For Japan, she will has a very painful but strategical critical decision to make. There are only two options left to the Japanese, siding with China or U.S. but no hope to rise by herself alone. If I were the Japanese, I would think out of the box. If Japan sides with U.S. , at best she will delay China’s rise say 5 to 10 years but Japan will have to absorb all the first strike and heat from China regardless of what U.S. would do to help Japan. To say the least, America’s American interest first so far has demonstrated not much more than lip service to the poor Japanese. However, if Japan sides with China, Japan all sudden becomes the king maker and this will become the biggest nightmare to the U.S. This will change the history the same level that China does the unthinkable to side with U.S. and take USSR out. I don’t think Japan lacks of this kind of thinker and her chance to become a normal country and a recognized force in the world again is very likely. History is full of surprise but very likely to repeat itself, after all ironically Japan’s choice will become the greatest decision in the next 50 years. This humble opinion is for those who can think strategically.

  4. Agree with you deepthinker

  5. The USA have only one core interest. No war on US Main land. anywhere else is fine. i think japs are going to get it big time once china is ready….

  6. i think Deepthinker is right.
    After all, the hate to usa is beneficial to all mankind, even for the japs! ;)

  7. China is dragging the US into an arms race?? You must be out of your mind. It would take decades for China to become a thret to the US. And for what purpose? Trillions of yuan spent on the military for what purpose. China and the US should work to develop rich peaceful societies.

  8. One thing for sure is, WW3 is war between US + its satellites against the rest of the world!!!

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