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China's first indigenously built aircraft carrier leaves for sea trials

China's first indigenously built aircraft carrier leaves for sea trials China's first indigenously built aircraft carrier leaves for sea trials
Deanna Wagner | 14 May, 2018, 06:11

The first entirely Chinese-built aircraft carrier is set to start full-scale trials, leaving the port of Dalian at 7:00 a.m. local time this Sunday, according to reports from the Chinese Defense Ministry.

This comes on the back of a speech given on April 12 by Chinese President Xi Jinping announcing the Chinese Communist Party planned on building a "world-class" navy.

China reportedly plans to have four aircraft carriers by 2030 to beef up its navy as it asserts its claims in the Indian Ocean and the disputed South China Sea.

Neither Liaoning nor the new unnamed carrier is nuclear powered.

China's second aircraft carrier will be "modernized" compared to its first, experts said, with a design that's bigger and heavier to allow it to carry more planes.

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Neither the Liaoning or the brand-new ship are nuclear-powered, however both can bring around 40 airplanes and have comparable "ski jump" ramps, an old launch system that requires airplane to bring less weapons in order to hold more fuel for liftoff.

Speaking to CNN, RAND Corporation senior worldwide defense research analyst Timothy Heath described the design as generally easier to build and to operate aircraft from. The new vessel, by comparison, will focus on what a genuine aircraft carrier is supposed to do: run combat-ready patrols and safeguard the nation's maritime sovereignty and interests. The aircraft carrier "Liaoning", created on the basis of the modified cruiser "Varyag" - Soviet production, has become like for Shandong.

But CNN reports the new vessel still won't be enough to rival the United States, but will boost the navy's standing in Asia. Furthermore, "sea trials will test the carrier's overall seaworthiness including its speed, maneuverability, and equipment such as radar and communications systems, as well as safety features", I noted in April. Although the type 001A has successfully left the ship yard, plenty of problems can, and most likely will, arise.

There was also some speculation that carrier's sea trials would coincide with the annual Spring Festival or Chinese New Year in mid-February.

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.