China's first home-grown aircraft carrier Type 001A is undergoing its third sea trial from the Dalian Shipyard in Northeast China's Liaoning Province on Sunday morning, accompanied by a barracks ship for the first time.
The third trial of the aircraft carrier is conducted to test its weapons system, control system and communications system and will undergo further tests, Global Times reported Monday.
"The aircraft carrier is being accompanied by a barracks ship. This is the first time the barracks ship joined the Type 001A for a sea trial.The barracks ship will provide support and join supply tasks, like cargo transfers and refuelling," Global Times quoted a naval expert, Wang Yunfei, as saying in its report.
On the future of the aircraft carrier, the expert said that he expects to see drones with folding wings on the flight deck.