Thursday, August 22, 2019

"China's Homegrown Type 001A Aircraft Carrier to Join Service by End of Year - Report"

While the official plan is four Chinese carriers by 2025, The Diplomat in an article last year said the actual number may be seven. Which seems quite a few for a country that brags about their one-shot "carrier killer" weapons.
Anyhoo, from Sputnik:
China’s first domestically built aircraft carrier, the Type 001A, will most likely be in service by the end of this year, according to reports
The 65,000-tonne aircraft was launched in April 2017 and has since undergone at least seven rounds of sea trials in the Yellow Sea off northeastern China.
The Asia Times reports that the vessel’s multiple sea trial “are an indication” that its official enrollment into the service is near. Lie Jie, a naval expert who spoke to the Global Times last week, also said that the “latest lengthy” sea trial could be in preparation for the ship’s final delivery to the People’s Liberation Army-Navy (PLAN).
According to state broadcaster China Central Television, the new aircraft carrier can house a dozen more fighter jets than the Liaoning carrier commissioned by the PLAN in 2012.....

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