Progress is being made on the People’s Republic of China’s third aircraft carrier. According to online reports the carrier could be launched as soon as the end of this year, but experts told the Chinese defense industry magazine that the launch would more likely be early next year.
It has been nearly two years since the Xinhua News Agency first revealed that the third domestically built Chinese aircraft carrier was even under construction.
The Global Times reported that progress has steadily progressed and that hull sections arrived at the Shanghai-based Jiangnan Shipyard in June for final assembly. As of photos taken earlier this month only the bulbous bow was missing – and the news outlet added that the hull should be completed by November or December, and could be launched soon after.
It will still be several years before the carrier is fitted out or ready to begin its sea trials, however, this third carrier will likely be finished far more quickly than the Shandong
Source: National Interest