China’s second aircraft carrier might conduct its first sea trials in February, regional newspapers are reporting.
China launched its second aircraft carrier in April 2017 after the Liaoning, a refitted Soviet Union-made carrier that went into commission in 2012. China’s second aircraft carrier is the country’s first domestically made carrier.
“China’s first homemade aircraft carrier might conduct its sea trials around Spring Festival in mid-February” Li Jie, a Beijing-based naval expert, told the local Global Times on Sunday.
The carrier’s design is based on the Kuznetsov class, as China’s first carrier, Liaoning, was constructed from an incomplete Kuznetsov class vessel and the 001A is a slightly refined version of Liaoning.
It is slightly modified and upgraded compared to Liaoning, with improved radar and increased storage capacity for ammunition and fuel, allowing it to carry more aircraft than Liaoning (estimated to be between 30 and 40 jets and helicopters).
The vessel reportedly measures about 315 metres (1,033 ft) long, with a displacement of about 55,000 tonnes