China's first home-grown aircraft carrier launches

China's first home-grown aircraft carrier launches

Sam Roggeveen, senior fellow at Sydney's Lowy Institute, said: 'This is, in and of itself, not created to be some frontal challenge to U.S. power in the Asia Pacific, because it simply isn't in the class of America's aircraft carriers'.

China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, arrived as a mostly empty hull from Ukraine and was commissioned in 2012 along with its flight wing of Chinese J-15 fighter jets.

However it would still be no match in size or variety to the nuclear-powered vessels of the United States Navy, which has 11 providers.

The still-unnamed carrier was launched this time previous year but since then has been undergoing fitting of weapons and other systems and has not yet entered service.

In fact, the USS Gerald R Ford, the United States' newest carrier and at $13 billion, the most expensive warship ever built, has a host of problems.

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More than 1,000 feet in length and 246 feet wide, the new ship uses conventional propulsion as opposed to nuclear and recent analysis of satellite images suggests modifications have been made to hold up to eight additional aircraft. Besides India, the US, Russia, the UK, France, Italy, Thailand and China operate a total of 18 aircraft carriers.

With the induction of INS Vikrant and "Type 001A", both India and China will have two operational aircraft carriers. China previous year established its first overseas military base in the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti, where rivals such as the U.S., Japan and several European nations also have a permanent presence. The ship's chief engineering commander, Hu Wenming, told the broadcaster the carrier was smaller than US carriers' Nimitz class.

On the background of strengthening the position of the Chinese Navy, Japan is studying the possibility of construction of the first since the Second world war aircraft carrier.

Video footage aired by CCTV revealed the enforcing ship accompanied by a number of smaller sized military craft leaving a wharf and going out to sea under grey skies.

The 100,000-tonne vessel's catapult launcher, the equipment for catching planes upon landing and its radar were all found to be faulty. It's the latest development in Beijing's mission to modernize its military.

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