China May Launch 2nd Liaoning Aircraft Carrier Late April
08:45 24.03.2017(updated 08:53 24.03.2017)
Second Chinese Liaoning aircraft carrier might be launched at the end of April 2017, local media reported Friday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – According to Sina news portal, a number of photos have been circulating in the Internet, depicting installation of radars and base painting of the deck. After analyzing the photos expects came to a conclusion that the vessel might be launched in late April, in particular on April 23, when China celebrates Founding day of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy.
Liaoning is a Type 001 class vessel. The first carrier was rebuilt out of Soviet aircraft cruiser Varyag in early 2000s, with the first sea trial taking place in 2011. In September 2012, Liaoning was commissioned into the PLA Navy.
In late December 2015, the Chinese Defense Ministry announced plans to construct a new Liaoning aircraft carrier, built by China itself.
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The 2nd carrier is known as Type 001A aircraft carrier or “CV-17”
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Type 001A aircraft carrier
The Type 001A aircraft carrier is the first aircraft carrier class independently designed and developed for the People’s Liberation Army Navy. The first Type 001A aircraft carrier is being constructed by Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company. Construction started in 2015. The Type 001A is an improved design based on the Type 001 aircraft carrier, and also uses a ski-jump bow flight deck.
|#||Hull number||Ship name||Builder||Launched||Commissioned||Fleet||Status|
|1||17||山东 / Shandong||Dalian Shipbuilding Industry||26 March 2017||est 2018 / 2019||North Sea Fleet / East Sea Fleet||Under construction|
|Builders:||Dalian Shipbuilding Industry|
|Operators:||People’s Liberation Army Navy|
|Preceded by:||Kuznetsov class|
|In service:||2018 est –|
|Class and type:||Kuznetsov-class aircraft carrier|
|Length:||305 m (1,001 ft)|
|Beam:||72 m (236 ft)|
|Draught:||11 m (36 ft)|
|Speed:||32 kn (59 km/h; 37 mph)|
|Range:||3,850 nautical miles (7,130 km; 4,430 mi) at 32 knots|