BEIJING, March 10 (ChinaMil) -- Rear Admiral Ma Weiming, power and electrical engineering specialist of the Navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLAN), said recently that China's catapult-assisted take-off technology for carrier-borne aircraft has no problem at all, and is even no inferior to that of America.
The public is very concerned about whether the first truly China-made aircraft carrier will adopt the ski-jump take-off technology of the "Liaoning" aircraft-carrier, or directly use the current top electromagnetic catapult-assisted take-off technology. It's known to all that once breakthroughs are made in the catapult-assisted take-off technology, the combat radius and bomb load of the carrier-borne aircraft will be greatly increased.
Rear Admiral Ma Weiming, inventor of China's electromagnetic catapult and specialist in electrical engineering, pointed out that China's catapult-assisted take-off technology for the carrier-borne aircraft has no problem at all and has been proved successful in various repeated tests. He emphasized that China's catapult-assisted take-off technology in hand is no inferior to that of America, and is even more advanced.
Ma Weiming has won the First Prize of National Scientific and Technological Progress Award and First Prize of the Military Scientific and Technological Progress Award for a number of times. He is called a "national-treasure-class" technical rear admiral.
After the reporter questioned closely about whether the China-made aircraft carrier will use the electromagnetic catapult, Ma Weiming joked, "I am just a worker."
Pointing to the one star on his uniform, he said he is just a technical rear admiral and is only responsible for developing useable technologies, and that only high-ranking military officials can decide which kind of technical plan is adopted.