China has begun construction on their first modern aircraft carrier in Shanghai, according to photos obtained by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The ship will be China’s third aircraft carrier in total, but the first to be equipped with modern technology that could potentially rival American naval technologies.
The photos from the ChinaPower Project at CSIS show that the vessel should be bigger than China’s two previous carriers, which were constructed based on Soviet-era models. There’s also a possibility that the ship will be outfitted with an electromagnetic catapult for launching fighters from its deck, ChinaPower’s Matthew Funaiole told the Washington Post. The first vessel in the world to utilize that technology is the U.S.S. Gerald R. Ford, which was commissioned in 2017.
[NEW IMAGERY] Satellite imagery from August 18 reveals new insights into China’s process for constructing aircraft carriers at Jiangnan Shipyard. Read the full analysis: https://t.co/MbfySMcWGb pic.twitter.com/r0FqGXzVd8
— ChinaPower (@ChinaPowerCSIS) September 16, 2020
While Chinese state-run media confirmed the new ship was under construction in November 2018, details were not yet known about the specific makeup and outfitting of the third carrier. Now it is clear it will be a step