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Liaoning Carrier Live-Fire Exercises Revealed Battle Group Lineup

Well-known Chinese news site Sina recently reported that, for the first time, the Chinese Navy took its aircraft carrier to engage in live-fire exercises. The Exercises were conducted within the North Sea Fleet and involved tens of vessels as well as aircraft. Although not all the details were revealed, multiple models of destroyers and frigates were part of the battle group. However, from the official video report, a large-scale Model 051C missile air-defense destroyer named “Shenyang” was identified, which was equipped with the Russian SA-N-6 long range vertical launching missile system. The battle group also included vessels with anti-submarine and anti-ship roles. The wide coverage of roles showed that this exercise was a full-scale carrier mission. On the aircraft side, the KA-31 took on the early-warning task. J-15 ship-borne fighter jets played the main combat role; they carry the YJ-83K anti-ship missile, the PL-12 mid-range air-to-air missile, the PL-9 dogfight missile, and the YJ-91 anti-radiation and anti-ship dual-task supersonic cruise missile. On board the Liaoning aircraft carrier, the “Sea FL-10” air defense missile served its missile interception capabilities in the exercises. The full mission concluded successfully with both offensive and defensive aspects.

Source: Sina, December 16, 2016