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China using ground effect aircraft to strengthen its claim in the South China Sea


Test flight of 2 ground effect vehicles in formation

Test flight of 2 ground effect vehicles in formation

The following is based on a translation from Chinese media:

China reported some time ago that it was developing large ground effect vehicles as a means of transport between China’s artificial islands in the South China Sea.

In this way, China hopes to strengthen its claim on the South China Sea

A ground effect vehicle is something between a boat and aircraft, and attains level flight near the surface of the Earth.

It takes off from and lands on water with a speed of 200 km/hr, slower than an aircraft but much faster than a boat. The Soviet Union was the first to develop such a vehicle called the Caspian Monster.

It has the advantages of consuming much less fuel but not so much slower than an aircraft. It is seen as an ideal cheap means of travel for the development of tourism on China’s artificial islands in the South China Sea.

According to huanqiu.com, seeing the benefit of such a means of travel, Hainan Province has succeeded in developing a small ground effect vehicle, the CYG-11, with a range of 1,500 km and a speed of 200 km/hr.

It is able to carry 1,200 kg cargo or 12 passengers. The vehicle consumes 28 litres of fuel per 100 km, which China says is quite impressive. It costs between $2.5 and $3 million to build.

As Hainan Province has conducted test flight of two such vehicles in formation, it seems the vehicle will soon be put into service for travel to the artificial islands.

China says this will go a long way to strengthening its claim in the South China Sea.

A ground effect vehicle sailing in water

A ground effect vehicle sailing on water

A ground effect vehicle on shore

A ground effect vehicle on shore

Source: huanqiu.com – “Test flight of homegrown ground effect vehicles in formation in Hainan Province” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)

 

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Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee

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