China's First Home-Built Aircraft Carrier Begins Sea Trials Off Liaoning

  • China's First Home-Built Aircraft Carrier Begins Sea Trials Off Liaoning

China's First Home-Built Aircraft Carrier Begins Sea Trials Off Liaoning

In the naval forces of China ship of this class will be the second in the composition.

China has sent its first home-built aircraft carrier for sea trials as the Communist government attempts to assert its military might on the world stage.

The yet-to-be-christened warship set out at 7am local time from a dock at the Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC) shipyard in China's Liaoning Province, according to local media reports.

Construction of the unnamed carrier was completed in April previous year.

The Type 001A provider will displace 55,000 tonnes and utilize traditional propulsion, inning accordance with the defence ministry.

The new carrier, which has a cruising speed of 31 knots, is based on the same Soviet Kuznetsov-class design used for the Liaoning, with a ski-jump type ramp for taking off, unlike United States carriers, which have more advanced catapult technology.

The new carrier's design draws on experiences from China's first carrier, the Liaoning, bought second-hand from Ukraine in 1998 and refitted in China.

The length of the aircraft carrier is 315 meters, beam - 75 meters, displacement - 50 thousand metric tons (70 thousand when fully loaded), operating speed - 31 nautical knots. The new Chinese carrier can neither sale for longer without refueling than the above mentioned US carriers, nor can it carry as many planes.

The new ship began in 2013. STOBAR-launched aircraft have a more limited operational range and carry lighter payloads than fighter jets launched from so-called Catapult-Assisted Take-Off But Arrested Recovery (CATOBAR) systems used on U.S. Navy carriers.

In late 2017, the United Kingdom's new aircraft carrier, the HMS Queen Elizabeth, embarrassingly sprung a leak during sea trials and needed repairs.

Neither of the two vessels is nuclear-powered; instead, they use conventional oil-fueled steam turbine power plants for propulsion.

Although China is far from catching up with the USA, its military budget this year rose by eight per cent as the military pushes for modernisation.

Sunday morning began in China with state broadcaster CCTV relaying footage of the vessel embarking into the blue on a rather gray day.