CHINA’S THIRD AIR­CRAFT CAR­RIER

SP's NavalForces - - NEWS -

Mil­i­tary sources have re­vealed that con­struc­tion on Chi­naÕs third air­craft car­rier, CV-18, com­menced in a Shang­hai ship­yard last year, with work on its hull ex­pected to con­tinue for the next two years. With an ex­pected dis­place­ment of about 80,000 tonnes-10,000 tonnes more than Bei­jingÕs first car­rier, the Type 001, Liaon­ing—the ves­sel will also fea­ture an elec­tro­mag­netic air­craft launch sys­tem that is more ad­vanced than the Soviet-de­signed ski­jump sys­tems used by air­craft on its two air­craft car­ri­ers. The lay­out of CV-18 is also go­ing to dif­fer from its two pre­de­ces­sors, in­clud­ing a smaller tower is­land com­mand cen­tre to al­low for the car­rier-based JF-15 fight­ers, which are rather large air­craft.

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