China’s Getting Ready to Turn on Asia’s Biggest Warship

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By April 2015, about a year after its public debut, the Type 055 cruiser mockup in Wuhan has a new coat of PLAN gray, as well as installation of the ESM mast. Scaffolding on the farside of the bridge module suggests that progress is being made on installing the Type 346 radar.

 

 

A landlocked test rig for the Type 055 Cruiser nears completion

The Type 055 cruiser test rig made its Internet debut in March 2014 on Chinese websites. With a projected length of 160 to 180 meters, judging from the test rig’s 140 to 150 meter length (which does not include the entire helicopter landing pad nor bow forward of the turret), and a width of about 21 to 23 meters, it would displace about 12,000 to 14,000 tons. That would make the Type 055 cruiser the largest Asian surface warship since World War II’s Japanese Tone class heavy cruisers. Continue reading

‘Brexit’: Prize For Britain’s EU Exit Strategy

A 100,000-euro (£86,000) cash-prize is being awarded for the best plan on how Britain could leave the European Union.

The ‘Brexit Prize’ has been created by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), a free-market think tank, in the run up to a proposed referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU. Continue reading