‘New-gen­er­a­tion’ air­craft car­rier be­ing built

China Daily European Weekly - - China News - By ZHAO LEI [email protected]­nadaily.com.cn Liaon­ing Liaon­ing,

China is build­ing its third air­craft car­rier, ac­cord­ing to a Xin­hua News Agency re­port, the first con­fir­ma­tion of the project.

While the na­tion’s sec­ond — and first do­mes­ti­cally de­signed — car­rier is un­der­go­ing sea tri­als, a “new-gen­er­a­tion car­rier” is be­ing con­structed at a ship­yard on sched­ule, ac­cord­ing to an ar­ti­cle pub­lished on Nov 25 on Xin­hua’s WeChat ac­count.

The ar­ti­cle, mark­ing the sixth an­niver­sary of the first take­off and land­ing by a Chi­nese fighter on the coun­try’s first car­rier, the CNS

did not elab­o­rate. Chi­nese weapons en­thu­si­asts and for­eign ob­servers have long said that China had be­gun to build its third car­rier at China State Ship­build­ing Corp’s Jiang­nan Ship­yard Group in Shang­hai, spec­u­lat­ing that it will be big­ger and more pow­er­ful than the and the sec­ond car­rier, which has yet to be named.

Pub­lic­ity of­fi­cers of the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army Navy and China State Ship­build­ing de­clined to com­ment.

An in­dus­try in­sider with knowl­edge of China’s car­rier pro­grams told China Daily on Nov 26, on con­di­tion of anonymity, that if every­thing goes well, con­struc­tion of the new car­rier would take at least five to six years, and if tech­ni­cal is­sues arise, it could take 10 years or longer.

“We have built 50,000-ton car­ri­ers, so it would not be dif­fi­cult for us to pro­duce an 80,000- or 90,000-ton one if we use tech­niques, ma­te­ri­als and equip­ment that have been used in the first two car­ri­ers,” he said.

“How­ever, if engi­neers de­cided to adopt a lot of new things on the ves­sel, it will be­come very chal­leng­ing and take more time for con­struc­tion.”

Ob­servers have spec­u­lated that the new car­rier will use an elec­tro­mag­netic cat­a­pult to launch fixed­wing air­craft. That would give the new ves­sel much greater com­bat ca­pa­bil­ity than its two pre­de­ces­sors, which use a ramp to launch jets.

Rear Ad­mi­ral Yin Zhuo, a se­nior re­searcher at the PLA Navy, pre­vi­ously said China has a re­li­able elec­tro­mag­netic launch sys­tem and J-15 car­rier-borne fighter jets had con­ducted “thou­sands of take­offs” us­ing the cut­ting-edge de­vice at an un­named land base.

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