Sometimes a grainy photograph can reveal a great deal. One showing a mockup of a Chinese naval airborne-early-warning (AEW) aircraft similar to the Northrop Grumman E-2D Hawkeye has appeared, suggesting that Beijing plans a substantial fleet of aircraft carriers. The probably intentional revelation of the mockup comes as China’s second aircraft carrier, outwardly similar to the first, takes shape at Dalian in the country’s northeast.  High-performance aircraft will take ...

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