July 2, 2022

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China launches its third aircraft carrier Type 003 – naval power

The Chinese Navy’s new aircraft carrier was launched on June 17 at the Jiangnan shipyard in Shanghai.

China has finally introduced the long-awaited Type 003 aircraft carrier. Fujian (CV-18), similar to the capabilities of the US Navy “Nimitz” and “Ford” aircraft carriers.

The ship with conventional propulsion is approximately 315 meters long (300 meters on the waterway) and 78 meters wide on the deck (40 meters on the waterline). Its relocation will load about 85,000 tons.

The first Chinese aircraft carrier Leoning And ShandongBased on the Russian aircraft carrier plan Admiral Kuznetsov, They belong to the STOBAR (short take-off but arrest rescue) type, which uses a “sky-jump” curve to launch standard wing aircraft. The STOBAR system controls the maximum departure weight of an aircraft and the number of aircraft launched at a time.

Artist’s impression of type 003 in operation

The 003 type belongs to the CATOBAR (Catapult Assisted Take-Off but Arrested Recovery) type, fitted with 3 electromagnetic catapults similar to US EMALS catapults. In addition to enabling the KJ-600 aerial forecast aircraft (AEW), this configuration would allow Type 003 to launch a larger number of aircraft with more weapons and fuel.

The new aircraft carrier will also operate the new J-35 Stealth Fighter and newer versions of the J-15.

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