The 50-thousand-ton aircraft carrier is likely to enter service by 2020 after the completion of maritime tests and the arrival of its aircraft endowment
China’s first fully-built nationwide aircraft carrier began its maritime tests on Sunday, a sign of the country’s improved military industry.
The ship, which still has no official name but has been called, left at 7:00 am from the dock in the port of Dalian, in the northeast, to “test the reliability and stability of its propulsion and other systems,” said the Ministry of Defense in a statement.
The maritime security office of Liaoning Province issued an order that ship traffic to avoid an ocean sector southeast of the port city from Sunday to Friday.
The 50-thousand-tonne aircraft carrier is likely to enter service by 2020 after the completion of the maritime tests and the arrival of its aircraft endowment.
The new aircraft carrier is based on the Kuznetzov-class design of the Soviet Union, with a lift-off ramp at the front and is equipped with a conventional steam turbine that runs on fuel for delivery.
China’s first aircraft carrier, Liaoning, arrived in the country from Ukraine, but it was mainly an empty hull and entered service in 2012 with its fleet of Chinese J-15 jets.
According to the state press, China is also scheduled to build a nuclear aircraft carrier capable of staying long periods at sea.
China has the largest navy in the world in terms of a number of vessels but is lagging behind in terms of technology and war capacity, compared to countries like the United States.
It was deployed to reaffirm China’s presence in virtually the entire South China Sea and increase its presence in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. China established its first military base abroad last year in Djibouti, a country in the Horn of Africa, where the United States, Japan and several European nations also have a permanent presence.
Source: Lopez Doriga