December 4, 2022

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China will finalize details of the launch of its state-of-the-art aircraft carrier

Satellite image showing the new Chinese aircraft carrier may be close to its launch (AP)

China’s sophisticated aircraft carrier is nearing completion. Friday showed satellite photos analyzed by APExperts say the ship could be launched soon.

The Type 003 Shipping Is being newly created Jiangnan Shipyard, northeast of ShanghaiFrom 2018. Satellite images taken by the BBC of Planet Labs on May 31 The work of the ship is nearing completion.

The release was long awaited and that was it The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) calls it “an important moment in China’s modernization efforts and a symbol of the country’s growing military strength.”

Chinese military exercises in a file photo (Reuters)
Chinese military exercises, file photo (Reuters)

CSIS states in a statement China often combines military milestones with holidays and anniversaries. The ship is expected to launch on Friday, the report said Dragon Boat Festival, Except for the 157th anniversary of the founding of the Jiangnan Shipyard.

In satellite images, you can clearly see Carrier site. In a photo taken Tuesday through thin clouds, The One step before filling the dry dock and floating the ship, the equipment behind the ship appears to have been removed. Pictures taken earlier this month showed work in progress.

Clouds prevented Planet Labs satellites from capturing images of the shipyard from Wednesday to Friday. China’s Ministry of Defense did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Although a release has not been announced, the state newspaper Global Times The ship released an article on Tuesday citing news that it could be launched soon.

File photo.  Chinese President Xi Jinping (REUTERS / Denis Balibous)
File photo. Chinese President Xi Jinping (REUTERS / Denis Balibous)

The newspaper added In April, the Chinese navy released a promotional video on the country’s aircraft carrier project “The country’s third aircraft carrier will be officially released soon,” he said.

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In March, a team of military investigators made the discovery Ship identified at Chinese shipyard site in rare recent satellite images. According to them, It could be a new or improved nuclear-powered attack submarine.

File photo: Chinese aircraft carrier Leoning passes through Miyako Strait near Okinawa, Japan (Reuters)
File photo: Chinese aircraft carrier Leoning passes through Miyako Strait near Okinawa, Japan (Reuters)

It is not clear if the accessory is a new model, an upgrade to an existing one, or something else.. But ambassadors and analysts are watching the situation closely, with a US report in November saying the Chinese navy is likely to build a new attack submarine with vertical missile tubes in the coming years.

Pictures received by Reuters show Submarine in a dry dock in the port of Huludao, Liaoning Province, China.

(With AP and Reuters information)

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