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CVN X: Chinese nuclear aircraft carrier
« on: June 22, 2018, 03:37:17 PM »
China’s plans to build nuclear carrier are still a long shot
Reports that Beijing wants a carrier in service by 2025 can be discounted
By ASIA TIMES STAFF JUNE 1, 2018 5:26 PM (UTC+8)

Reports that China is conducting trials on a new type of miniaturized reactor have filled speculation that the country’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier could be in service with the People’s Liberation Army Navy as early as 2025.

But the reality is that the carrier program won’t be plain sailing. It usually takes more than 10 years to start sea trials from the time a keel is laid, and it is not certain China has yet reached the design stage.

The state-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Corp (CSIC) dropped the first official hint that Beijing would try to build its own nuclear carrier in an article on its website in February. CSIC promised to “expedite its endeavour for breakthroughs” in building carriers, as well as an armada of next-generation nuclear submarines.

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Chang said the carrier could be of a similar size to China’s planned second homemade carrier — with 70,000 tons of displacement — which is scheduled to be built at Shanghai’s Jiangnan Shipyard by the end of the year.

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