China’s New Supercarrier Coming

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Construction of Beijing’s super carrier is nearing completion, US experts have said. The latest satellite images from a shipyard in Shanghai show the vessel equipped with high-tech technology to launch aircraft from the water.

The world’s largest naval force, the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), might soon be reinforced with a new aircraft carrier. The huge vessel, which is more than 1,000 feet (over 300 meters) long, will add to China’s two seagoing airbases. Commonly known as the Type 003 and yet to receive a formal name, it is believed it will help Beijing exercise control over the Pacific. Fitting several dozen planes, helicopters, and support aircraft, analysts believe the powerful addition to the Chinese army will be at least equal to its US counterparts’ capabilities.

Final touches are being made to the super carrier at the Jiangnan Shipyard on the Yangtze River, the American Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) revealed this week. “Based on available information and observed progress at Jiangnan, the authors estimate that the Type 003 will launch in roughly three to six months,” its report said.

The US analysts explained that they had received the latest satellite imagery of the Chinese construction site from a commercial firm. According to the high-quality photographs, steady progress has been made on the carrier’s construction throughout the year, with its main external components now nearly complete.

Two large openings in the deck were recently sealed shut, meaning engines had been inserted in the hull. The flight deck, designed to operate heavier aircraft than China’s older carriers, is already fitted with a control tower island, with radars and elevators expected to be added soon. Moreover, the Type 003 might be equipped with a new launch system, similar to the ones developed for the US Navy carriers, the report suggests.

The advanced aircraft carrier was commissioned by the government in late 2019, and is expected to enter service by 2024, according to the Pentagon’s estimates. In its 2021 annual report to Congress on China’s military developments, the US Department of Defense acknowledged Beijing’s growing capabilities, saying China’s navy “is an increasingly modern and flexible force that has focused on replacing its previous generations of platforms that had limited capabilities in favor of larger, modern multi-role combatants.”

At the moment, the Chinese navy has an overall battle force of approximately 355 ships and submarines, according to the US military. The national air force has some 2,250 combat aircraft, including strategic bombers and fighters.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Amircraft carriers sitting ducks for modern missle attacks.
    Their main purpose is to be just that; a sitting duck – and that really big fish type of provocation admirals dream about.
    But if you sink it in modern times, it means nuclear war, If you try and sink it and miss, its nuclear war as well.
    So whats the use unless you want nuclear war to happen.
    That Nuclear war we all know and love (Dr Strangelove) will be fought with very modern clean, pinpoint targeted nules, no one will see them coming. no time to react but maybe some time to retaliate in a useless way if you survive first wave.
    When they hit their target there will be no mention afterward of them being nuclear weapons. In the history books (if any written again) No one will ever know there were nukes used, Similar to twin towers and Beirut….

    • Don’t forget the “dial-a-yield” nuclear torpedo that the US arms all of its attack submarines with. These and other such weapons blur the distinction between tactical and strategic. That’s why any conflict with China will escalate to “nuclear” within hours. Russia has made it very clear that if this happens, it’s a full-on nuclear exchange that will be the end of humanity on the planet Earth. Crazy US Christian Zionists say, BRING IT ON!

    • Don’t worry.
      All the war mongering is for fear factor’s sake only.
      The New World Order isn’t seeking nuclear anniahlation, just the control and power the fear of it brings.

    • Elvin, don’t discount the obvious. Once the missiles start flying, anything can happen. No sane person wants nuclear annihilation, but the insane… Too many of those crazies long for this to happen and many of them run around calling themselves Christian.

  2. Are the Chinese trolling us? Everything they build; jet aircraft, this carrier, amphibious ships, look like American knockoffs. I guess to give the appearance of originality, the landing runway is oriented from port to starboard (approach wise), and the “island” is also located on the port side.

    • The Chinese aren’t going to reinvent the wheels. Most carrier looks alike. Should the Chinese build the control island right in the path of the airplane landing and taking off ?