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Saturday, March 07, 2015

Satellite photos suggest China upgrading carrier launch systems

CATOBAR (Catapult Assisted Take-Off But Arrested Recovery) launch and recovery of aircraftA recently unveiled satellite photo showing China testing an aircraft carrier launch system has led experts to believe China has made a breakthrough in the design of its catapult system.

China Central Television (CCTV) reported that the catapult being tested to help planes take off quickly is more efficient than the "ski-jump" ramp used to launch aircraft on China's first carrier, the Liaoning.

The report said the catapult enables aircraft to be launched quickly, upgrading their combat efficiency.

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