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Combat System Technology, 1949-2010
  • ISBN/SKU: 9781591140801
  • Binding: Hardcover & eBook
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  • Number of Pages: 256
  • Subject: History
  • Date Available: July 2011
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Rare among books on weapon systems technologies, this work traces China's development from a coastal defense force of obsolete ships with crude weapons to its current complex missile catamarans and Aegis-like destroyers with vertical launch weapons and long-range cruise missiles. As the only book devoted solely to all combat systems on Chinese warships, it is a convenient one-stop reference filled with tables that break down specifications and parameters into specific areas, such as sensors and weapons for specific hulls. 

The book is divided into sections on frigates, destroyers, submarines, patrol craft, and aircraft. Antisubmarine, anti-air, anti-surface, and mine warfare are covered separately. For war gamers, there are tables with frequencies, load outs, and ranges. The authors prompt readers to discern areas of weakness and strength in the Chinese combat systems.

James C. Bussert, a retired USN Master Chief Sonarman, is an ASW fire control safety deputy. He lives in Dalghren, VA. Bruce A. Elleman, a research professor at the Naval War College, is the author of Modern Chinese Warfare among other books.

Praise for People's Liberation Army Navy

“…This work on China’s naval combat systems technology is strongly recommended because of the research and fine analysis the authors have put into this book. It is a worthy companion to the more general works on the PLAN. James Bussert and Bruce Elleman have written an important, seminal book about China’s naval development. It is an indispensable addition to our all-too-limited library on the PLAN.”

International Journal of Maritime History, June 2012

"...Absolutely essential reading for military, diplomatic and academic communities here and abroad, and for those who simply harbour an interest in the growth of Chinese power and ambition...The supreme achievement of this comparatively short book is that [it] stimulates such ruminations and leads inevitably to futher thought and debate. Neither authors nor readers could ask for anything more."

The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord

“Bussert and Elleman’s work is an absolute requirement on the desk of anyone studying PLAN technical details.”

Marine Technology, April 2012

“[This] new book is a detailed study of the technologies employed and developed (or acquired) by PLAN, as well as an understanding and cataloging of the ship yards and how they slot into the maritime planning of the PRC. So it is a true professional reference book, with many tables and illustrations. It is safe to say that no appreciation can be made, professionally, of PLAN capabilities — and PRC maritime intentions — unless this book is consulted. Bussert’s and Elleman’s book may not be light reading, but it is essential and insightful. Great work.”

Defense & Foreign Affairs Strategic Policy, June/July 2011

“This is an important work by James Bussert and Bruce Elleman. They have significantly increased our knowledge of China's new navy by examining and explaining that force's technological advantages—and shortcomings. Bussert's unsurpassed naval technical experience and Elleman's well-deserved reputation as historian and writer have combined to produce an indispensable addition to our library on China's growing military prowess.”

—Bernard D. Cole, author of The Great Wall at Sea: China’s Navy in the Twenty-First Century, 2nd ed.

“James Bussert and Bruce Elleman provide a superb and in-depth analysis of the impact of technical changes in the Chinese naval forces in the last six decades and their possible impact on military operational capabilities. As China prepares to fight ‘informationized warfare’ and is making rapid advances in technology diffusion, this work on the Chinese navy is indispensable for understanding the emerging military operations of China in its neighborhood and on the high seas. With detailed analyses of hardware and software of the naval systems, the authors highlight the strengths and weaknesses of China in future combat operations. What distinguishes this work with other works on the subject in the past is its assessment on command, control, and communication systems and the process and effectiveness of their integration in military operations. This book is an essential reading for military planners, policymakers, researchers, journalists, and the lay alike.”

—Srikanth Kondapalli, professor of Chinese studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, author of China’s Naval Power

“Bussert and Elleman have produced a first-rate survey of the People's Liberation Army Navy. The authors furnish an exhaustive, bottom-up appraisal of Chinese strengths and weaknesses at sea while rendering evenhanded judgments about the prospects of China's naval modernization. This all-in-one reference volume will be an invaluable resource for practitioners and scholars alike.”

—Toshi Yoshihara, John A. van Beuren Chair of Asia-Pacific studies, U.S. Naval War College, coauthor of Red Star over the Pacific: China's Rise and the Challenge to U.S. Maritime Strategy

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