China’s Homegrown Aircraft Carrier to Be Launched Soon


Airbus Defence and Space imagery dated 13 January showing China's Type 001A aircraft carrier hull nearing completion at Dalian shipyard. Prior to launch, remaining supports will be removed, as will objects within the dry dock. Source: CNES 2017, Distribution Airbus DS/2017 IHS Markit

Airbus Defence and Space imagery dated 13 January showing China’s Type 001A aircraft carrier hull nearing completion at Dalian shipyard. Prior to launch, remaining supports will be removed, as will objects within the dry dock. Source: CNES 2017, Distribution Airbus DS/2017 IHS Markit

Sean O’Connor, Indianapolis – IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly

23 February 2017

Key Points
•China’s Type 001A aircraft carrier is nearing completion, with most external structural work visibly complete.
•Following the addition of a red anti-fouling coating to the lower hull, little work remains before the 001A hull can be launched.

Airbus Defence and Space imagery captured on 13 January shows progress being made with China’s Type 001A aircraft carrier (CV) at the Dalian shipyard in northeastern China, where the carrier hull is progressing towards being launched.

Jane’s previously examined the status of the shipbuilding programmes at Dalian in August 2016. Since then the superstructure of the Type 001A CV has been installed, along with the aircraft elevators, and the remaining decking has been put in place. Minor work remains visible on deck, with a portion of decking seen temporarily removed in November 2016.

On 20 February state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) reported that some of the support equipment, possibly including support bracers or scaffolding around the upper surfaces, had been removed and that red paint had been applied to the hull. Red anti-fouling paint is used beneath the waterline to prevent the growth of marine organisms on the hull, which can affect performance.

The lack of major external components remaining to be installed on the Type 001A CV hull, and the presence of the red anti-fouling paint on the lower hull, indicates that it is nearing launch. The only major exterior work remaining involves surfacing and painting the flight deck. It may be possible to perform this task following launch, should the dry dock be required for another shipbuilding programme. A key indicator that the Type 001A is preparing for launch will be removal of extant support bracers currently in place within the dry dock, as well as any remaining equipment or materials residing on the dry dock floor.

Meanwhile, the 13 January satellite imagery also shows that the second Dalian-produced Type 052D guided-missile destroyer (DDG) is receiving weapons and sensors.

Source: IHS Jane’s 360 “China’s Type 001A CV makes progress at Dalian”

Note: This is IHS Jane’s 360’s report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views.

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One Comment on “China’s Homegrown Aircraft Carrier to Be Launched Soon”

  1. Fugu says:

    “China’s Homegrown Aircraft Carrier to Be Launched Soon”

    Jolly good, Beijing. A toast; A toast too, to this being the harbinger of at least 3 to 4 more advanced Carriers to defend Chinese territories, people and her global trading interests.

    Perhaps third world India and New Delhi would like to arms race to bankruptcy against the Chinese? Jealousy, envy, and misplaced pride shall be its downfall. Beijing should really not try so hard to ask New Delhi to open up India for trade. This is a country registering high on the index for a violent revolution and splitting into 6 or more states or principalities soon.

    Meantime, rest not on your laurels Beijing. Time is against you. If future prophecies and predictions are true, cometh the asteriod impacting earth, destructive earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis & floods and droughts, followed by a world war, you have perhaps 25 years before war is upon you.

    Treat this not lightly. Life has never been kind, neither the cosmos, to China and the Chinese. Best to be prepared. The aircraft carrier for a start, will come in useful against natural disasters and war.

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