Thursday, January 07, 2016

Future Chinese Aircraft Carriers Will be Updated Versions of the Kuznetsov-class

A debate within the Chinese military as to the configuration of future aircraft carriers has come down on the side of building replicas of the Kuznetsov-class carrier Liaoning currently in People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) service. This option has been chosen over competing and more advanced designs, according to Chinese Ministry of National Defence spokesman Yang Yujun, who announced the decision on 31 December. Yang said the carrier was being designed entirely using "domestic technology" and would draw on "experiences learned" from operating the PLAN's first aircraft carrier.

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