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  • Chinese KJ-600 Performs Maiden Flight
    Chinese KJ-600 Performs Maiden Flight 8 September 2020
      China’s KJ-600 carrier-based Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft performed its first flight on August 28th. China became the second country other than the United States to have successfully developed such a platform. China announced it was developing a sixth AEW&C plane, the KJ-600. China had been working on building its AEW&C jet since the 1960s with relatively little success. Chinese state media confirmed what foreign media outlets and social media...
  • China Flew the J-15 from the Aircraft Carrier 25 March 2020
    Pilots of the J-15 fighter jet conducted multiple take-off and landing exercises on the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning . “An aircraft carrier is a large platform that can make many people gathering in their cabinets vulnerable to infectious diseases. Being able to successfully execute related tasks showed that Liaoning did a great job in controlling COVID-19. ” naval expert Li Jie told the Global Times.
  • “Symbol of China's Status”
    “Symbol of China's Status” 18 December 2019
    China's second aircraft carrier was commissioned into the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) on 17 December in a ceremony held at the Sanya-Yulin naval base and was given the name Shandong. The carrier's base-port of Sanya-Yulin is on the northern shores of the South China Sea, which gives a pointer to where the carrier is likely to operate in the immediate future. Shandong was built by Dalian Shipbuilding International Corporation (DSIC) and was launched on 26 April 2...
  • Chinese Aircraft Carrier Passed Taiwan Strait
    Chinese Aircraft Carrier Passed Taiwan Strait 22 November 2019
    China is working to increase its fleet capability for open seas. On the other hand, Chinese government continues its military and political steps. Beijing administration, which often experiences tensions with neighboring countries due to continental shelf, undisputed islands, is far from relieving tensions with Taiwan. People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) ships, visited many African, Baltic and European countries including Turkey in recent years. Thus, PLAN s...
  • China's Second Carrier Nears Commissioning
    China's Second Carrier Nears Commissioning 16 October 2019
    China’s indigenously-built Type 001A aircraft carrier is near commissioning according to Global Times.  The carrier has carried out its eighth series of sea trials. The Type 001A aircraft carrier set out on Tuesday morning from the Dalian Shipyard in Northeast China's Liaoning Province, according to multiple, unverified photos that surfaced on Chinese social media. Li Jie, a Beijing-based naval expert, told the Global Times on Tuesday that the likely eighth ...
  • New UAV for Aircraft Carrier
    New UAV for Aircraft Carrier 18 September 2019
    China to deploy Sharp Sword stealth drone on Type-001A Carrier by end of the year. The drone will feature on October 1 at the National Day parade in Beijing. The platform will be deployed on the second ship of its class developed through China's first aircraft carrier, Liaoning.  “In order to reduce its weight, the reconnaissance version of the Sharp Sword would not carry weapons despite having two internal bomb bays, because it needs to fit the ski-jump take-off ramp...
  • J-20: new Favorite for Chinese Next-Generation Carriers’
    J-20: new Favorite for Chinese Next-Generation Carriers’ 29 August 2019
    J-20: new Favorite for Chinese Next-Generation Carriers’ According to South China Morning Post, China’s military is likely to pick the country’s first active stealth fighter, the J-20, for its next-generation aircraft carriers, according to military sources and a recent report on state media. A military insider told the South China Morning Post that the Central Military Commission, the People’s Liberation Army’s top decision-making body, now f...
  • China Shifts Aircraft Carrier Policy 23 August 2019
    China’s second aircraft carrier can carry at least 36 J-15 fighter jets, some 50 percent more than the country’s first, state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Tuesday. The new capacity signals new mission for aircraft carrier as it indicates air superiority missions. According to CCTV, China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, can carry 24 J-15 fighter jets. The new Type 001A was an upgraded version of the Liaoning, a former Soviet Kuznet...
  • Chinese Shipyards Full Speed Ahead
    Chinese Shipyards Full Speed Ahead 14 May 2019
    Chinese shipyards, which increase the speed of construction day by day, continue to launch new platforms to the water without stopping. China has announced that two new Type 052D (Luyang III) guided missile destroyers and 1 Type 056 corvette were launched at Dalian Shipyard in Liaoning District. The ships are fourth and fifth built in Dalian and the 19th and 20th platform built in total. It is stated that the ships were launched with the help of tugboats. Ships will be put in servic...
  • Liaoning to become Combat Ship
    Liaoning to become Combat Ship 26 April 2019
    China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier will become combat aircraft carrier ship. The ship built during Soviet era and was anchored in Ukraine, named Varyag. China bought if from Ukraine to transform it allegedly to a  “casino” . Once acquired China stated that it will design it as a training and test ship, China's first aircraft carrier the Liaoning is starting to play a combat role following recent modifications and intensive training exercises. China Central ...
  • China to Replace J-15 Aircraft
    China to Replace J-15 Aircraft 5 July 2018
    China is building a new carrier-based fighter jet to replace its J-15 fighters. The J-15 was based on a prototype of the fourth-generation Russian Sukhoi Su-33 twin-engine air superiority fighter, a design that is more than 30 years old. It was developed by Shenyang Aircraft Corporation, a unit of state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China. With a maximum take-off weight of 33 tonnes, the aircraft is the heaviest active carrier-based fighter jet in the world, used on China&r...
  • Chinese air craft carrier group reaches initial operational capability
    Chinese air craft carrier group reaches initial operational capability 6 June 2018
    Chinese Ministry of National Defence (MND) announced on 31 May that China’s first aircraft carrier group, formed around the carrier Liaoning , has reached initial operational capability (IOC). According to the state-owned China Daily newspaper, Liaoning and its escorts headed into the South China Sea after taking part in the Fleet Review on 12 April, and “conducted a series of combat training operations, practising air defence, anti-ship and anti-submarine tactics, and s...
  • Record Holder Helo Inducted to the Army
    Record Holder Helo Inducted to the Army 5 January 2018
    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Aviation has inducted two Z-18A medium transport helicopter into service on 4 January.  The Z-18A is the army transport variant of PLA Naval Aviation's Z-18 helicopters which are deployed on the aircraft carrier Liaoning. Commissioned after four years of extensive testing, the A variant has three WZ-6C turboshaft engines and a new 'glass' cockpit. It can accommodate 27 fully ...
  • China Began Construction of Third Aircraft Carrier
    China Began Construction of Third Aircraft Carrier 5 January 2018
    According to Chinese local media, China started construction of its third aircraft carrier at a Shanghai shipyard last year.  Reportedly, the shipyard is still working on the carrier’s hull, which is expected to take about two years. The vessel will have a displacement of about 80 thousand tonnes and will be equipped with an advanced launch system. China currently operates only one aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, a repurposed Soviet ship the count...
  • China's First Indigenous Aircraft Carrier Ready To Be Launched
    China's First Indigenous Aircraft Carrier Ready To Be Launched 25 April 2017
    China is getting ready to launch its first indigenious aircraft carrier, according to China Global Television Network (CGTN). Having a displacement of 50 thousand tonnes, Type 001A was built at the Dalian Shipyard.  China currently operates one aircraft carrier, Liaoning, which was acquired from Ukraine and commissioned in 2012. 
  • Beloved Aircraft Carrier
    Beloved Aircraft Carrier 27 February 2017
    China has begun preparations for the third aircraft carrier. China commenced preparations for the third ship's construction, first of which was purchased from Ukraine, while the construction of the second proceeds. China's first aircraft carrier, Liaoning, was built in 1988 in the Soviet Navy. The name of the ship was Riga when its keel was first laid. China bought the skeleton of the ship, name of which has been changed as Varyag in 1998. The ship was brought to t...
  • Chinese aircraft carrier carried out flight operations in South China Sea
    Chinese aircraft carrier carried out flight operations in South China Sea 3 January 2017
    China says its aircraft carrier Liaoning took part at flight operations where J-15 carrier-borne fighters flew over South China Sea for the first time on Jan. 2. The aircraft carrier and her escorts rounded Taiwan and docked in Hainan. The People’s Liberation Army said the flight operations were carried in difficult weather conditions and the ship’s various helicopters participated in the drill as well. J-15s carried out mid-air refuelling exercises.
  • Open invitation to Chinese aircraft carrier
    Open invitation to Chinese aircraft carrier 31 December 2016
    Chinese Ministry of Defence spokesman Yang Yujun invited anyone to take a look at aircraft carrier Liaoning. Speaking at monthly news briefing on Dec. 29 Yujun said that the invitation is open to anyone as long as relevant laws and rules are not broken and there is no obstruction to the navigation of the ship. Yang made this announcement as he was responding to a question regarding the recent monitoring of the carrier by Japan Maritime Self Defence Force ships and aircraft last week...
  • China's Liaoning Carrier Group Conducts Military Tests in Yellow Sea
    China's Liaoning Carrier Group Conducts Military Tests in Yellow Sea 25 December 2016
    China's first aircraft carrier group conducted a series of military tests in the Yellow Sea December 24. The tests included a fighter launch and air combat and recovery exercises.
  • JMSDF destroyer encounters Liaoning carrier group on its way to Western Pacific
    JMSDF destroyer encounters Liaoning carrier group on its way to Western Pacific 25 December 2016
    Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) Atago class guided missile destroyer JS Ashigara (DDG-178) has encountered Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning  on the East China Sea.. The Chinese carrier was escorted by three destroyers (052D/172, 052C /151-171)  three frigates (054A /538- 547, 056A /594) and one supply ship (903A/966) and the group was heading towards the Western Pacific.
  • China holds live ammunition drill on aircraft carrier
    China holds live ammunition drill on aircraft carrier 17 December 2016
    The Chinese Navy recently conducted a drill for a large fleet of naval vessels and aircraft including aircraft carrier Liaoning in the Bohai Sea. In formation with several destroyers and frigates, the flag ship carried out training in reconnaissance and early warning systems, air interception, sea assault, air-defence and anti-missile exercises. Carrying live ammunition, several batches of Shenyang J-15 carrier-based aircraft had performed strike exercises. The J...
  • Liaoning is Combat Ready
    Liaoning is Combat Ready 17 November 2016
    China’s first aircraft carrier, Liaoning, is announced combat ready on 14 November. Acquired from Ukraine, Liaoning has an overall length of 304.5 m and a displacement of maximum 58 thousand 600 tons. This is the first official combat readiness declaration of the vessel although it was commissioned in 2012. 
  • China's second aircraft carrier to get J-15 jets 15 March 2016
    China's second aircraft carrier will be larger and will be equipped with J-15 fighter jets (Flying Shark), rear admiral and member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Yin Zhuo said. The new aircraft carrier will be larger than aircraft carrier Liaoning, though it will still carry the J-15, was quoted by news site cnr.cn. Yin also revealed that the aircraft on the new carrier will be similar to the Liaoning and will include early warnin...
  • China Builds Its Second Aircraft Carrier 1 January 2016
    Chinese Ministry of National Defence confirmed that the second aircraft carrier was being built in Dalian according to Associated Press. Spokesman for the ministry, Col. Yang Yujun, said that the carrier would have a displacement, a measure of a ship’s weight, of 50,000 metric tons and use a “ski jump” take-off technique for aircraft. First Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning has a displacement of 58,500 tons and also uses a ski jump for take-offs as country air forc...