China will launch its third aircraft carrier “within days”

According to the South China Morning Post (SCMP), China is planning to launch its third aircraft carrier, Type 003, on Friday, coinciding with the Dragon Boat Festival.

The Maritime Safety Administration reportedly issued a notification last week requesting that berths at Changxing Island’s Jiangnan Shipyard, where the battleship is being built, be abandoned for an operation.

The launch will include five platforms, three tugboats, and two salvage ships and will take place from 5.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday. According to experts, the Jiangnan shipyard is on the verge of launching the country’s third aircraft carrier.

“The latest satellite imagery reveals Type 003 had been blocked by a massive ship segment — this was done so that passing commercial ships couldn’t observe the building,” said Lu Li-shih, a former instructor at the Taiwanese Naval Academy, according to SCMP.

The Type 003 will have to be launched by sliding it into the sea, thus that part will have to be shifted.”

He went on to note that the launch would mark the completion of the dry dock’s construction work, and that the ship would subsequently go through tests and equipment installation based on the results of the sea trials.

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Delays in the development of Type 003

The Type 003 aircraft carrier has been under construction at the Jiangnan Shipyard on Shanghai’s Changxing Island since 2017, with a launch deadline of earlier this year.

The Type 003 will include a flat-top flight deck with three electromagnetic The Type 003 battleship built by Beijing, on the other hand, is not nuclear-powered. However, there have been rumours that the country’s fourth aircraft carrier will be powered by nuclear reactors.

The Type 003 battleship built by Beijing, on the other hand, is not nuclear-powered. However, there have been rumours that the country’s fourth aircraft carrier will be powered by nuclear reactors.

Jiangsu is expected to be the name of the new aircraft carrier, which will continue the practise of naming ships after coastal provinces from north to south.

The third aircraft carrier was meant to be launched on April 23 to honour the PLA Navy’s 73rd anniversary, but it was postponed owing to the Covid-19 epidemic in Shanghai, according to Indian Defence News.

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According to a military officer familiar with China’s aircraft carrier projects, the latest planned launch will coincide with the Dragon Boat Festival. “The aircraft carrier must go into sea trials as soon as feasible – it might take many years to attain initial operational capability,” the insider said, referring to the basic requirements for deploying a warship.

According to the military insider, the shipyard has been striving to keep up with Shanghai’s Covid-19 constraints, with almost 4,000 workers returning to the action on the aircraft carrier since late April.

Li Jie, a Beijing-based navy specialist, predicted on Chinese social media that this Friday would be a “wonderful day for the birth of the ‘third child,'” referring to the warship’s nickname. He explained, “It means the vessel is the country’s dragon boat, which is a positive blessing.”

Li went on to say that the aircraft carrier’s “time is valuable.” “Only once the hull has been verified to have no leaks once it enters into the sea will all of the weapon systems be installed and the propulsion system activated.”

The latest development follows the completion of a three-week naval exercise in the Western Pacific by the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning, which was seen by foreign counterparts. The exercise was reported to be aimed at frightening Taiwan’s pro-independence forces away.

The Liaoning carried out more than 300 fighter jet and helicopter flights in waters around Okinawa over the course of three weeks, according to Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi.

He also indicated that the drills were most likely held to improve the PLA Navy’s open-sea fighting capability. According to Japan’s Defense Ministry, the drills comprised Z-18F anti-submarine helicopters and Z-18J early-warning choppers.

China has also lately chastised Japan for conducting “dangerous” close-range tracking of PLA Navy drills in the West Pacific, implying that Tokyo’s actions endanger both sides’ safety.

The Liaoning is said to be able to carry 36 planes, including 24 J-15 fighter jets, six Z-18F and four Z-18J helicopters, and two Z-9C rescue helicopters.

The Liaoning aircraft carrier has been running at full capacity since 2017, when it attained initial operational capability, one of the requirements for a combat-ready vessel, according to experts.

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