The Chinese Navy is expected to receive its first operational aircraft carrier, the Type 001A in April next year on the occasion of the Navy’s 70th anniversary.
Though this is the second carrier with the Navy, the first, a modified Ukrainian carrier, is used for testing and developing appropriate systems for carrier-based operations.
The Type 001A aircraft carrier is currently holding its fourth sea trial based on the online videos, pictures and an announcement of a military exercise by the Maritime Safety Administration of China, reported Global Times Thursday.
During the sea trial, the ship crew will run tests on the radar, communication, air traffic control systems, take-off and landing equipment; the ship’s aviation systems and J-15 jet fighter flight test. There will also be a comprehensive test of all of the carrier's systems including power, damage control, weapons, and navigation systems, the news daily quoted Wei Dongxu, a Beijing-based military analyst as saying.
Military observers have been expecting carrier-based aircraft to conduct take-off and landing tests since the vessel's second sea trial in August.
Wang Yunfei, a naval expert, predicts J-15 fighter jets and helicopters to fly over the carrier deck to test and coordinate systems related to take-off and landing. "If everything works well, a take-off and landing test is possible," he noted. Wei said that the J-15 pilots are already very familiar with take-off and landing on the Liaoning, China's first aircraft carrier, so it will not be a difficult task to conduct tests on the new carrier.
Full-sized models of aircraft will also be used to test loading and maintenance equipment, such as the elevator to transfer aircraft between hangar and deck, Wei said.
A 20-megawatt steam turbo generator to supply electricity to electromagnetic catapults on China's future aircraft carriers and electromagnetic railguns on destroyers has been developed by the China Shipbuilding Industry Corp (CSIC). 20-megawatts of power is four times as much as China's current generator units and is on par with the most advanced generator units developed by the US and European countries, CSIC said in a statement
The China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) held a steel cutting ceremony of Pakistan Navys second Type 054A/P multi-mission frigate at the Hudong Zhonghua (HZ) Shipyard China. The Type 054A/P is a part of an order of four such ships
China plans to operate six aircraft carriers, of which two will be nuclear-powered ones that would be launched around 2025, according to Chinese military experts. The People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy will have five aircraft carriers in the near future, Global Times reported quoting Song Zhongping, a military expert and TV commentator as saying Thursday
China has commenced work on its third aircraft carrier, Xinhua News Agency reported on Sunday without giving any details. In an article published on its WeChat account, Xinhua identified a “new-generation carrier” as being constructed at the China State Shipbuilding Corps shipyard as per schedule
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