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China launches its first home-made Type 001A aircraft carrier

The celebrations of this launch will continue till Sunday, which will mark the 68th foundation day of the Chinese navy. The aircraft carrier, however, will not be inducted in the Chinese navy until 2020 but the possession of a native aircraft carrier places China among the few military powers with such

Arnima Dwivedi

Arnima DwivediBy Arnima Dwivedi

Published on 26 April 2017 6:47 AM GMT

China launches its first home-made Type 001A aircraft carrier
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Beijing: This launch comes amid rising tensions over North Korea and worries about Beijing's assertiveness in the South China Sea, China, on Wednesday, launched its first domestically designed and built aircraft carrier. This aircraft carrier is Type 001A type of carrier, which is the China's new range of carrier class.

The celebrations of this launch will continue till Sunday, which will mark the 68th foundation day of the Chinese navy. The aircraft carrier, however, will not be inducted in the Chinese navy until 2020 but the possession of a native aircraft carrier places the nation among the few military powers with such vessels, including the United States, Russia and the United Kingdom.

About the aircraft carrier:

  • Construction of this 70,000 ton Type 001A Chinese warship started in November 2013.
  • The new warship is likely to be named the Shandong and is expected to carry China's indigenous J-15 aircraft, along with other planes..
  • It is also considerably larger than India's Vikrant which has a displacement of 40,000 tonnes which will enable it to embark a larger number of helicopters and fighters.
  • China's defence ministry said the new carrier would displace 50,000 tonnes and use conventional rather than nuclear propulsion.

Arnima Dwivedi

Arnima Dwivedi

A journalist, presently working as a sub-editor with newstrack.com. I love exploring new genres of humans and humanity.

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