Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning
Dave Majumdar, National Interest: China's Second Aircraft Carrier Is Almost Complete (And 4 More Could Be Coming)
According to Chinese state media, Beijing’s first domestically built carrier is nearing completion at Dalian.
The vessel—which is expected to become operational in 2020—will be launched soon.
Thereafter, the new carrier will spend roughly the next two years being outfitted with various systems such as sensors and other hardware.
Compared to the Liaoning—which was rebuilt from the decaying hulk of the Soviet Kuznetsov-class Baku—the Beijing’s new Type-001A will be much improved. Particularly, the Chinese have improved the crew spaces—which have never been a priority onboard Russian vessels.
“Unlike the Liaoning (Type 001), China's first aircraft carrier, a refitted ship built by Ukraine (under the former Soviet Union), the 001A is China-built, and its design, combat capability and technologies will be much more advanced,” Song Zhongping, a Chinese military expert, told the Global Times. “One key difference is the design will be more 'humanized,' which means all personnel on the carrier will enjoy a more comfortable and modern environment.”
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More News On China's Aircraft Carrier Program
China's Second Aircraft Carrier to Begin Sea Trials in 2019 -- The Diplomat
China building third aircraft carrier to protect 'overseas interests' -- International Business Times
China's Home-made Aircraft Carrier Ready For Launch, To Enter Service in 2 Years -- Defenseworld
Aircraft Carriers: China Versus America -- Barrett Tillman, Town Hall