China’s first domestically made aircraft carrier will be launched next year and will be commissioned between 2015 and 2016, according to a Hong Kong magazine. After the launch of the first carrier, China will bring a second one on stream two years later, the Mirror said in its December edition.
China plans to build a superb first-class Navy over 20 or 30 years.
In the first decade, China will build three aircraft carrier fleets while in the second decade, it will build two nuclear-powered aircraft carriers.
Defence Tech – A prior announced plan was for China to build aircraft carriers in two stages.
By 2015 there should be two domestic 48,000-64,000 ton Medium-sized conventionally powered aircraft carriers(type 089 aircraft carrier) into the water. while between 2015 and 2020, China will build two 93,000 ton nuclear-powered aircraft carriers( type 085 aircraft carrier )
Domestic carrier in the implementation of the construction plan, China will also develop domestic ship-based fighters; in the second phase, plans to build two medium-sized displacement of 65,000 tons each aircraft carrier, the use of nuclear power plant. The future, China plans to build four Navy aircraft carrier battle groups deployed to the South China Sea and East China Sea, the main purpose is to ensure that China completed military superiority in the ocean and offshore tasks, and the Navy Corps to provide air cover for landing troops air support.
China is also developing a carrier-based fighter aircraft, the Shenyang J-15. On 25 November 2012, it was announced that at least two Shenyang J-15’s had successfully landed on Liaoning.
BBC News – The J-15 can carry anti-ship, air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles as well as precision-guided bombs.
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