First China-made aircraft carrier starts sea trials
May 14 2018
China's first domestically developed aircraft carrier left its northeastern port to begin sea trials on Sunday, state media said, the latest milestone in the country's efforts to modernize its military.
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.
The Type 001A carrier, which has yet to be named, is expected to be commissioned by 2020.
Prof Tsang added: "But for the rest of China's neighbours, the new carrier based doctrine of the People's Liberation Army is frightening, as none of them can remotely match China's new naval capabilities".
Now the country only has a retrofitted Soviet-era aircraft carrier called the Liaoning, which was launched in 2012.
Analysts say China plans to enhance its maritime strength with at least 4 aircraft carriers, including a nuclear-powered model. For example, the new ships island is shorter and the landing section is longer.
There was also speculation early last week that President Xi Jinping may oversee the sea trial during his trip to Dalian, where he met North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
The new carrier has a conventional propulsion system.
In addition, the carrier is first built on their own.
The 100,000-tonne vessel's catapult launcher, the equipment for catching planes upon landing and its radar were all found to be faulty.
Those deficiencies "make the ship more vulnerable to attack, or create limitations during routine operations", the report said.
Beijing and New Delhi have embarked on an extensive project to build a "blue water" navy and modernise its over million-strong militaries.
Still, the main focus of the PLA Navy in the near future is expected to be dominating the waters around the Chinese mainland, including the South China Sea.
Last week, United States intelligence assessed that there is a high probability the Chinese military had deployed anti-ship and anti-aircraft missiles to three artificial islands there during recent military drills.