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Indigenous carrier - Type 003
« on: November 18, 2018, 05:55:49 AM »
Work Begins on China's Third Indigenous Aircraft Carrier

https://militarywatchmagazine.com/article/work-begins-on-china-s-third-indigenous-aircraft-carrier

Construction of the fourth aircraft carrier commissioned by China's People's Liberation Army Navy, the Type 003, has begun. The warship will be by far the largest in the country's fleet with a displacement similar to that of the U.S. Nimitz and Gerald Ford Class ships - approximately 100,000 tons. The carrier is set to rely far more on indigenous designs and technologies that its predecessors, with the Liaoling having been closely based on the Soviet Kuznetsov Class carriers and the Type 001 and Type 002 in turn both closely resembling the Liaoling. While the Type 001 and Type 002 are somewhat conservative in their designs, the Type 003 is set to look and perform entirely differently - and may well even operate different fighters from its deck. Though the Liaoling currently operates the advanced J-15 heavy fighters from its deck, and the Type 001 and Type 002 are set to do the same, the Type 003 will be able to operate significantly heavier and more capable platforms.

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« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2018, 11:57:42 PM »
Work on China's Third Aircraft Carrier Type 003 Officially Confirmed | Navy Recognition - 28 November 2018 10:10
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China has launched work on building its third aircraft carrier (known as Type 003), Xinhua News Agency reported on Sunday. In an article published on its WeChat account, Xinhua said that as the nation's second, and the first domestically designed, carrier has undergone sea trials, a "new-generation carrier" is being constructed at the shipyard as per schedule.

The article, which was intended to mark the sixth anniversary of the first takeoff and landing by a Chinese fighter on the country's first carrier CNS Liaoning, does not elaborate on the program of the "new-generation carrier", which is believed to be the country's third carrier. But the article is the first official confirmation.

Chinese weapons enthusiasts and foreign observers have long asserted that China has begun to build its third carrier at China State Shipbuilding Corp's Jiangnan Shipyard Group in Shanghai, speculating that it will be bigger and mightier than the Liaoning and the second carrier, which is yet to be named.


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Re: Indigenous carrier - Type 003
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2019, 01:11:53 PM »
5 PLA Navy Projects to Watch in the Next 5 Years
Five major Chinese naval projects likely to emerge within the next five years.

By Rick Joe
August 07, 2018
     
https://thediplomat.com/2018/08/5-pla-navy-projects-to-watch-in-the-next-5-years/
 
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3: 003 CATOBAR carrier

In late July this year, pictures of a suspicious looking module appeared at a newly constructed fabrication area at Jiangnan Chanxing (JNCX) shipyard in Shanghai. This was thought to be the much anticipated third Chinese aircraft carrier, which will be the second domestic carrier to be constructed in China, and their first catapult equipped carrier.

This carrier was once called 002 or Type 002. However, recent developments in the last year have recognized that 002 is likely the official designation for China’s first domestic carrier (CV-17), which was constructed at Dalian and underwent its first sea trial earlier this year. Therefore, this much expected carrier is instead now designated as 003, or alternatively as CV-18. The first few pictures of the suspected 003 carrier module are reminiscent of when the first pictures of the 002 in assembly at Dalian appeared in April 2015. Insiders with a proven track record have long stated that 003 would be constructed at JNCX, with fabrication of its modules potentially having begun in mid 2017.

One interesting rumor surrounding the 003’s construction suggests that multiple large hull modules may be prefabricated at different locations around JNCX shipyard or even around different Shanghai shipyards, before being moved to a final dry dock at JNCX for assembly. Such an assembly method would be more reminiscent of the multisite modular construction that the U.K. used to assemble their Queen Elizabeth-class carriers, rather than assembling smaller modules together in the dry dock in a method used for the 002 and U.S. carriers.

Some of the 003’s rumored characteristics have remained consistent over the years. It is all but confirmed to be a catapult equipped carrier, forgoing the ski jump on the Liaoning and the 002, with up to three catapults in total. The 003 will likely have a full displacement approaching 80,000 tons. There are strong indications that the 003 will field electromagnetic catapults over steam catapults, but this is yet to be confirmed. The 003 will also likely be conventionally powered, though some recent indications suggest the possibility of nuclear propulsion cannot be ruled out.

In any case, it may take a year or so until photographic proof emerges that a carrier is indisputably under construction at JNCX such that even skeptics have to accept the fact. Most enticing is the recent rumor that a second Catapult Assisted Take-Off But Arrested Recovery (CATOBAR) carrier (variously dubbed as the second 003, or even simply as 004), may be in early stages of construction at Dalian shipyard as well. If this were the case, it suggest a greatly increased pace of Chinese carrier construction than previously projected. However, at this stage it can only be confirmed that the 003’s modules have been photographed at JNCX, with irrefutable photographic evidence of its identity as a carrier likely to emerge within a year or so. In the longer term, the 003 is likely to be launched sometime in 2021.

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Re: Indigenous carrier - Type 003
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2020, 02:49:56 AM »
China’s New Aircraft Carrier Disappears
H I Sutton
Aerospace & Defense

https://www.forbes.com/sites/hisutton/2020/06/15/chinas-new-aircraft-carrier-disappears/#23c041852ae9


China is building a new large aircraft carrier, the Type-003 Class. The ship will be a closer equivalent of the U.S. Navy’s carriers than the two ships already in service with the Chinese Navy. Open-source intelligence analysts have recently spotted something surprising however. The unfinished vessel has disappeared from its construction site in Shanghai. Based on analysis of publicly available satellite imagery we can determine that it was moved between May 25 and May 28.

The Type-003 will differ from China’s existing two carriers by having an Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS), similar to the USS Ford. The current carriers use a ski-jump which limits the payload carried by the jets when they take off.

This move has taken many observers by surprise. The construction site was purpose-built and with its own launch basin. Many hull sections had been laid out and were in the process of being joined together. The gigantic hull was beginning to take shape.

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Possible reasons may relate to problems with the launch basin. Large ships have docked there already, but the area is constantly being dredged. Another possibility may be an issue with the construction site itself.

The notion that it has been cancelled and consequently scrapped seems too dramatic. And it would be easier to do any work in place.

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