Type 003 Fujian ship, China’s third aircraft carrier, was launched recently from Shanghai’s Jiangnan Shipyard. Fujian ship is the first to replace the ski-jump system with electromagnetic ejection.

According to VOA’s report, the public is curious about how the ship can secure its power demand. Fujian—equipped with blocking devices and a full-load displacement of more than 80,000 tons—is believed to use conventional steam propulsion instead of nuclear power. 

Meanwhile, electromagnetic ejection requires a lot of power when a fighter jet takes off. 

According to CNN, the use of conventional power could limit its reach. A senior fellow of the China Power Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Matthew P. Funaiole, said, “this may be less of a factor for China right now as many of its interests are in the near seas.” 

Beijing’s mouthpieces claimed that the Fujian ship’s core technology is a complete set of integrated power systems developed by Ma Weiming. Ma is a scholar of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. 

However, Yao Cheng, a former Chinese People’s Liberation Army Naval Command lieutenant colonel, showed his doubt about the declaration. In an interview with VOA, he said he was skeptical that the Fujian ship uses traditional power and could use diesel power to propel an 80,000-ton aircraft carrier forward to secure its electromagnetic catapult-assisted launch system.

Yao said that the Fujian ship’s displacement is more than 80,000 tons, while the fuel capacity on board is 18,000 tons. This means that nearly a quarter of its weight is diesel, and a 901 comprehensive supply ship is needed to follow it.

According to Yao, using three diesel engines to push the 003 aircraft carrier forward is understandable. However, it is unlikely that these three engines can also provide power for electromagnetic ejection due to the power shortage. Yao supposed that the most likely method is to install two or more diesel generators specially designed for electromagnetic ejection on board.

Yao said, “It is equivalent to having five diesel generators on board, so the amount of oil consumed by the five diesel generators is very large.”

Yao added that from the scientific perspective of energy conservation, it is impossible to obtain 2,000 watts of energy from 1,000 watts of power. 

He supposed that Ma was boasting about the aircraft carrier’s full power to earn money, while, in fact, the Chinese navy currently does not have such technology.

Zhou Ziding, the “Exploration Time” channel’s host, has recently revealed the origin of Beijing’s aircraft carrier electromagnetic ejection technology in his program. The military-knowledge channel’s host said that Beijing introduced maglev technology from Germany in 2006 to prepare for electromagnetic ejection. However, applying it to aircraft carriers and engineering is complex.

Zhou took as an example the U.S. Ford-class aircraft carrier, with a 91-meter-long TV ejection trajectory. To ensure the acceleration of objects at such a long length and in the marine environment, a large number of diffuse impurities in the air may produce magnetic fields. That kind of influence will affect the efficiency of the ejection.

As for Beijing’s claim about the electromagnetic catapult technology, Yao said in an earlier interview with The Epoch Times: “I don’t need to verify it; I know that it was all stolen by the CCP’s spies.”

Citing analysts, VOA reported that if the Fujian ship is equipped with an electromagnetic catapult system, it does not mean that the carrier-based aircraft can really take off with electromagnetic catapults. 

The “Fujian” needs to be officially tested after its recent launch, so its real strength could be revealed soon.

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