China Launches New Naval Aircraft Carrier

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China has launched its new aircraft carrier. The carrier, called Type 001-A was transferred from dry dock into the water at the Dalian shipyard of the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation.

The new carrier, which is likely to be christened Shandong, will supplement the Liaoning — China’s first aircraft carrier that was purchased from Ukraine and commissioned in 2012.

The Type 001-A is expected to enter service by 2020.

The new carrier will have a displacement of 50,000 tonnes, which means that the Type 001-A will be a mid-sized carrier, significantly smaller than the super-carriers operated by the U.S., which are above 70,000 tonnes.

Like the Liaoning, the new carrier is likely to operate home-developed Shenyang J-15 fighter jets.

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