China Building Two Aircraft Carriers

Satellite photos published by IHS Jane’s might show China’s first indigenous aircraft carrier while it’s under construction. Other evidence supports the idea that China is currently building an ingeniously designed aircraft carrier. Reuters reports that according to Taiwan’s Defense Ministry, China is constructing two aircraft carriers that will be the same size as its current carrier, the Liaoning. The Liaoning, a 302-meter former Soviet vessel capable of carrying 50 aircraft or helicopters, is the largest carrier in Asia. As the bow and aft parts of the suspect vessel continue to be expanded and lengthened, it could equal the size of the Liaoning. Additionally, satellite images on Google Maps indicate that Beijing had constructed a model aircraft carrier in Wuhan Province by February 2015. The model is estimated to be 300 meters long and 80 meters wide. The model is complete with a helicopter landing pad and a model of a carrier-borne aircraft.


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