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China’s 3rd aircraft carrier expected to launch in 2021: reports
By Liu XuanzunPublished: Jan 17, 2021 09:55 PM

What seems to be an aircraft carrier, covered by a red blanket, is seen in a report by China Central Television on Tuesday. Photo: Screenshot from China Central Television

China's third aircraft carrier, expected to be very different from the previous two with much larger displacement and featuring electromagnetic catapults, could be launched in 2021 and enter naval service around 2025, media reports predicted based on recent photos of the ship's construction site.

According to latest, openly available photos, blocks of the Type 003 aircraft carrier are being assembled in Shanghai and the general outline of the warship is already identifiable, Ordnance Industry Science Technology, a Chinese defense industry magazine, said in a report published in its WeChat account on Saturday.

After all the blocks are put together, the upper structures will be installed, the report said, noting that since the blocks are built in advance, the assembly and the outfitting work will take much less time compared with China's second aircraft carrier.

The current status indicates that the Type 003 could be only a few months away from its launch before the end of 2021, the magazine predicted.

After this the carrier will undertake outfitting work, be installed with equipment including radar and sensor devices, conduct tests and embark on sea trials, which could take about two years, meaning the warship could join naval service in 2024 or 2025, the report said.

Chinese state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) also expects the country's third aircraft carrier to make its public debut in 2021.

In a report on Tuesday, CCTV showed what seems to be an aircraft carrier covered by a red blanket in computer-generated imagery, with a caption saying "We expect in 2021."

Song Zhongping, a Chinese military expert and TV commentator, told the Global Times on Sunday that the construction of the blocks are wrapped up and all that is left is the completion of assembly in the dock.

"2021 is a year full of expectations, including the Type 003 aircraft carrier and also the H-20 bomber. It is time for our technological development to bear fruit," Song said.

Citing measurements based on the photos, Ordnance Industry Science Technology said that the Type 003 is larger than China's second aircraft carrier, the Shandong, and boasts a similar size to the US' Kitty Hawk-class, displacing more than 80,000 tons. Some other foreign reports predicted an even larger displacement of 100,000 tons.

The new carrier is expected to be equipped with electromagnetic catapults to launch aircraft, replacing the ski jump method used on current Chinese carriers, the magazine said.

The Chinese military has yet to announce any details of its the third aircraft carrier.
 

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To quote 逆襲 @horobeyo (1/18):

机库甲板下方还有一层,船体结构水线上方两层,这样结构水线以上到飞行甲板共有7层。

There is also a layer below the hangar deck and two layers above the waterline of the hull structure, so there are seven layers above the waterline of the structure to the flight deck (the top surface).
 

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To quote 逆襲 @horobeyo (1/18):

机库甲板下方还有一层,船体结构水线上方两层,这样结构水线以上到飞行甲板共有7层。

There is also a layer below the hangar deck and two layers above the waterline of the hull structure, so there are seven layers above the waterline of the structure to the flight deck (the top surface).
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Something like this?
 

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Well ... slowly the images of the latest progress on the Type 003 aircraft carrier's construction are getting better!

(via VESSEL/SDF)

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From 逆襲 @horobeyo on 2021.01.18:

干坞内段墙壁到挡板顶端内侧长度为355米(黄线跟影子平行),红线贯穿003首尾,得003船体长303米。

The length from the inner wall of the dry dock to the inner side of the top of the baffle is 355 meters (the yellow line is parallel to the shadow), and the red line runs through the head and tail of 003, so the 003 hull is 303 meters long.

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By the OP:

同方法测得下边055长度177.8=178米,跟179米的狗度地图、狗哥地图的测量结果几乎一致。

The length of the lower 055 measured by the same method is 177.8 = 178 meters, which is almost consistent with the measurement results of the 179 meter by Baidu Map (!?) (狗度地图) and Google Map (狗哥地图).

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003进度跟002在2015年12月19日的进度差不多,不过003已经安装了球鼻艏跟水线尖头。 机库3层甲板高,机库地板跟此前完成的船体之间还有一层,这层同时也可以为动力舱封顶。 两者安装机库的方式类似,先在前后两段动力舱之间安装机库并封顶,然后侧壁向两头扩展,呈一个H形。动力舱开口大半年都不会封上

The progress of 003 is similar to that of 002 on December 19, 2015, but 003 has installed bulbous bow and waterline point.
The hangar is three decks high, and there is another layer between the hangar floor and the previously completed hull, which can also be used for capping the power cabin.
The two hangars are installed in a similar way. First, the hangar is installed and capped between the front and rear power cabins, and then the sidewall extends to both ends in an H-shape. The opening of the power cabin will not be closed for more than half a year

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launch 2021?
IMO unlikely ... the vessel is now at a stage comparable to the 002 in late 2015 (October/November), so about 16-18 months before 002 was launched. As such - and only assuming a similar speed of construction - this would correspond to mid-2022.
 

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If the Type 055 is 180 meters (official figure), then the Type 003 is around 312 meters with the bulbous.

Someone has already predicted it back in September 2020, and the displacement is around 92,000 tonnes.
 

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If the Type 055 is 180 meters (official figure), then the Type 003 is around 312 meters with the bulbous.

Someone has already predicted it back in September 2020, and the displacement is around 92,000 tonnes.
With all these pictures, still saying it's nuclear and nimitz size lmao. I wonder what will you say the day 003 lauches. You can keep on your stubborn ideas now. Cuz you won't be wearing it till the day it lauches.
 

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With all these pictures, still saying it's nuclear and nimitz size lmao. I wonder what will you say the day 003 lauches. You can keep on your stubborn ideas now. Cuz you won't be wearing it till the day it lauches.
The waterline width is over 41 meters, and we also have to look at the draft of the ship.

I have also to remind you that the QE class is only 280 meters, and it is 25 meters shorter than Liaoning, and yet it is still heavier.

The CVN-68 practically has the same length as the Ford class, and it is still more than 10,000 tonnes lighter.

So the length is not everything.
 

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