[New Carrier] China’s third aircraft carrier likely to be fitted with catapults

A photograph has emerged on Chinese online forums showing that China’s land-based aircraft carrier mock-up in Wuhan, Hubei Province, is undergoing modifications.

These are likely to reflect changes between China’s first indigenous aircraft carrier, the Type 001A, which is currently being built at Dalian shipyard and the next one to be constructed, which is commonly referred to as the Type 002.

The two systems being installed at Huangdicun are believed to be steam-powered and electromagnetic catapults. Installation of both suggests that a final decision on which system to adopt may not yet have been taken.

  目前,我国正在制造第一艘国产航母,其作战能力能否取得飞跃,电磁弹射器的上舰问题是关键。自2002年开始,马伟明带领团队开始对电磁弹射器原理样机进行科研攻关,于2008年完成,随后又马上启动更尖端技术的研发。2015年时,马伟明表示,中国舰载机弹射起飞技术完全没有问题,实践多次也很顺利,有信心运用到现实当中去。他还强调,中国掌握的技术已经不输美国,甚至更为先进!

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