Foreign media: China's first indigenous aircraft carrier nearing completion

Source: China Military OnlineEditor: Li Ruojun
2016-08-19 17:59

The photo is a screenshot of the related report from the website of Jane's Defense Weekly on August 17.

BEIJING, August 19 (ChinaMil) -- Airbus Defence and Space imagery captured on 11 August 2016 shows significant activity related to Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy projects at Dalian Shipyard, including the assembly of the country's first indigenous aircraft carrier (CV), the Type 001A, and the production of Type 052D guided-missile destroyers (DDGs), the Jane’s Defense Weekly of Britain said on its website on August 17, 2016.

According to the report, the imagery shows that, with the addition of the bow section and other exterior components, the assembly of the Type 001A CV is nearly complete.

Two of the component fabrication areas adjacent to the dry dock are largely clear of materials, indicating that work on the Type 001A hull is nearing an end, said the report.

Additional components awaiting installation relate to the superstructure. Two modules, consisting of portions of the forward and aft sections of the superstructure, can be seen in one of the component fabrication areas, according to the report.

Apart from sections of deck plating, which remain uninstalled to facilitate access to internal areas, the superstructure is the final significant external feature awaiting installation. The presence of superstructure modules suggests installation could occur in the near term, the report added.

The article is abstracted from a report on the website of Britain’s Jane's Defense Weekly. The opinions expressed here are those of the writer and don't represent views of the China Military Online website.

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