13 photos of Type 001A, China's second and newest aircraft carrier
China's second aircraft carrier — and first domestically built carrier — completed its initial sea trial last week.
The carrier, referred to as Type 001A, left its port in the northeastern city of Dalian on May 13 and returned on May 18 after completing all of its assigned tasks.
China launched Type 001A in April 2017, five years after commissioning its first carrier, the Liaoning, and expects to enter it into service later this year.
Beijing has grand ambitions for a world-class military, and has steadily increased its defense budget over the last two decades. It reportedly might soon test its new Type 055 destroyer, and is even building a third carrier, 002, that may be nuclear powered.
Here's what we know about Type 001A:
Launched in April 2017, and expected to be commissioned in 2018, China's first domestically built aircraft carrier, Type 001A, will likely be named Shandong.
It's about 1,033 feet long, has a beam of about 246 feet, and a displacement of 66,000 to 70,000 tons.
It's powered by eight conventional steam turbines with diesel engines, and has an expected cruising speed of about 36 mph.
The US Navy's newest carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, on the other hand, is nuclear-powered and has a displacement of 100,000 tons.
While the Liaoning was designed as a "heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser" with significant armaments, Type 001A was designed to serve in a similar strategic role as US carriers, sailing as the centerpiece of a strike group.
But the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has reported that it will likely have similar armaments as the Liaoning, which is equipped with three HQ-10 SAMs, two RBU-6000 ASW rocket launchers, and three Type 1130 close-in weapon systems.