Vessel will be the first modern carrier operated by the PLA Navy which has two outdated Soviet-era carriers
Washington, which has 12 aircraft carriers in active service, will be closely monitoring the progress of the ‘Type 003’ carrier in the Jiangnan shipyard, billed as the country’s ‘warship factory’
It comes as China looks to assert its dominance in the South China Sea where the US has sailed its warships and conducted drills with allies recently in a show of strength against Beijing’s claims on the disputed waters
The 1,000ft vessel is expected to be completed by the end of the year, and local media claim it will be armed with a new type of electromagnetic catapult capable of launching heavy fighter jets and unmanned drones
China’s third aircraft carrier has been pictured under construction in Shanghai’s ‘warship factory’ – a 1,000ft titan which threatens the US Navy’s supremacy in the South China Sea.
The colossal vessel will be the first full-sized carrier operated by the PLA Navy which has two much smaller Soviet-era carriers in active service.
Washington, which has 11 aircraft carriers in active service, will be closely monitoring the progress of the ‘Type 003’ carrier in the Jiangnan shipyard on the outskirts of Shanghai.
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China’s third aircraft carrier takes shape, with ambitions to challenge U.S. naval dominance — Washington Post
China’s 3rd aircraft carrier ‘progressing smoothly’ — Global Times
Navy-affiliated academic confirms China’s plan for two more aircraft carriers — Straits Times
China to Launch Third Aircraft Carrier in 2020 — Defense World
Update: Navy-Affiliated Academic Confirms China’s Plan for Two More Aircraft Carriers — Caixin