China’s new air­craft car­rier 001A

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - World Aviation & Defence News -

China’s se­cond (and first in­dige­nous) air­craft car­rier, which is still un­named but re­ferred to as 001A is likely to be­gin pre­lim­i­nary sea tri­als in sum­mer 2018 even as there are plans to de­sign and con­struct much larger nu­clear-pow­ered car­ri­ers.

China’s first car­rier, Liaon­ing, bought from the Ukraini­ans has been used for op­er­a­tional train­ing and has a 14 de­gree ski ramp, and em­barks 24 fight­ers, while 001A will em­bark 35 air­craft with a lower (12 de­grees slope ramp). The two ships are di­men­sion­ally very sim­i­lar, with the newer ship some 30 feet longer than the orig­i­nal. Both weigh about the same, or 55,000 to 60,000 tons. Ac­cord­ing to in­tel­li­gence re­ports, the Chi­nese have a long-term plan for six car­rier strike groups, with at least two of them to be nu­clear-pow­ered.

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