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31 July


New cadres of the new aircraft carrier of China are published

The vessel type 001A will not take part in the 70th anniversary of the national naval forces, because it is not fully operational

Photo: CCTV

/NOVOSTIVL/ China’s state broadcaster has aired footage of the country’s new aircraft carrier, revealing details for the first time of the home-grown warship’s interior. This article appeared in the South China Morning Post.

The new warship, the Type 001A, is the first Chinese-built aircraft carrier. Its design is based on the Liaoning, an unfinished Soviet Kutznetsov-class vessel Beijing bought from Ukraine in 1998 and retrofitted.

In the 23 seconds of footage shown in the report, several operators are seen standing on the bridge, while a team of technicians sit at the control panels. The warship is also seen moving at high speed, and it shows the bridge and ski-jump flight deck without any aircraft on board.

A close-up shows the vessel’s advanced active phased array radar with an integrated mast structure – a significant upgrade from the Liaoning’s set-up – and its close-in weapon system to counter incoming artillery and rockets.

According to the report, the warship "underwent full testing and demonstration of its command system and combat capabilities" during the recent sea trial, its fifth so far, from February 27 to March 5 in the Yellow Sea off the coast of Dalian, where it was built.

But military experts said the aircraft carrier may not be fully combat ready and it was not expected to join the naval parade this week.