China’s Second Carrier May Carry 50% More Fighters

August 13, 2019 – China’s second aircraft carrier can carry at least 36 domestically developed J-15 fighter jets, some 50 percent more than the country’s first, state broadcaster reported on Tuesday. China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, can carry 24 J-15 fighter jets, China Central Television (CCTV) reported, noting the new ship’s increased number of fighter jets will add to its already considerable capability. Although the second carrier known as the Type 001A is similar to the Liaoning, it has an optimized flight deck, reduced weapon areas and a smaller…

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Liaoning Completes Refit

February 25, 2019 – China’s first aircraft carrier Liaoning appears to have left the maintenance bay of the Dalian Shipyard on Sunday, as the country’s second carrier, the Type 001A, is also expected to soon begin a new sea trial, reports said. Accompanied by a fireworks display, the Liaoning left the shipyard in Northeast China’s Liaoning Province with the help of tug boats Sunday morning, according to a report from Hong Kong-based Wen Wei Po and photos and video posted on Sina Weibo on Sunday. The Liaoning reportedly conducted a…

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China-built aircraft carrier to embark on second sea trial

Outfitting work was completed on China’s first domestically built aircraft carrier, Type 001A, on Thursday, making the ship ready for its second sea trial. The carrier’s first sea trial was from May 13 to 18. A military expert said this proves the first sea trial was successful, and that the process could be accelerated. After a five-day sea trial, the carrier returned on May 23 to the Dalian Shipyard, Northeast China’s Liaoning Province, to finish its remaining outfitting work. A report from wenweipo.com said the carrier has been moved out…

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What are the differences between China’s two aircraft carriers?

China’s first domestically built aircraft carrier, the Type 001A, is expected to start blue-water trials soon, according to state media and mainland military websites. The 001A, which started preliminary trials in Dalian in the northeast of China in November after its launch on April 26, has a similar design to the country’s first carrier the Liaoning. That ship started life as the Varyag, an unfinished Admiral Kuznetsov class carrier that China bought in 1998 from Ukraine – which inherited the ship after the break-up of the Soviet Union – and…

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Faster-than-imagined aircraft carrier construction sparks speculation of an earlier sea test

It will not be long before China’s first homegrown aircraft carrier, the Type 001A, starts its sea test, at least according to online speculation, judging from the latest advancements in its construction, but experts argue that according to the rules, an official sea trial will not come soon. Recently, photos of a radar mast being constructed on the carrier were posted online. Li Jie, an aircraft carrier expert, said the ship will be ready for a sea trial at or around the beginning of 2018, because usually it will be…

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