Type 001A is expected to have a larger air wing than the Liaoning, possibly holding four more fixed wing aircraft or eight helicopters.
The Liaoning can hold 18 to 24 J-15 fighters and 17 Ka-28 helicopters.
辽宁舰可以容纳18 - 24架歼-15战斗机和17架Ka-28直升机。
Type 001A's flight deck has a built-in ski jump, reportedly angled at 12 degrees, unlike the Liaoning, which is angled at 14 degrees.
Here's a shot from the island looking onto the flight deck and ski jump.
Here's a close-up of the island, with the Type 346A S-band AESA on top.
And here's a shot inside the island.
Impressive production time notwithstanding, Type 001A's effectiveness will be limited by its conventional propulsion and short take-off but arrested recovery launch system.
But China's next carriers, such as 002, are the ones to watch out for, as they'll likely be nuclear-powered and have more advanced launch systems allowing for faster sorties.
Many people that you missed a point: China building the first carrier, from the scratch to first sea trial only 4 and 1/2 years. The carrier was on her own power at first run.
That's cute, I didn't know that turbine diesel engines were the new modern techniques for carriers.
That's a Carrier?
It has a ramp. That's so cute!
14 hours ago
Guess they didn't get to steal our catapult technology.