June 21 (UPI) -- China's state-owned shipbuilder released an image of what appears to be its third aircraft carrier, but quickly took down the pictures of the vessel with a new launching system.
The picture of the Type 002, equipped with an electromagnetic aircraft launch system, was taken down on Wednesday, the same day it was published on Chinese social media, the South China Morning Post reported Thursday.
According to state tabloid Global Times, Beijing's third aircraft carrier would have a displacement of 80,000 tons and is expected to be complete in three years.
The China Shipbuilding Industry Corp. began work on the Type 002 in late 2017 in Jiangnan Shipyard, Shanghai.
The decision to install an electromagnetic aircraft launch system is a sign China wants to adopt the latest technology available, analysts say.
"The progress of the new carrier and the catapult seem in synchronization. It will take a few years for the ship to be built and the system to be installed and tested," naval expert Li Jie told the Post.
Zhou Chenming, a Chinese military expert, said the information that appeared briefly online indicates a "carrier with a catapult launch system is very much on the horizon" for China.
The Global Times pointed out the new vessel has a "flat-top flight deck, which is different from the angled, 'ski jump' decks of Liaoning and Type 001A."
The electromagnetic launch system would enable high-speed launches, high-frequency takeoffs and quick responses, said military expert Song Zhongping.
The Type 002 may also be conventionally rather than nuclear powered, according to the diagram.
News of the aircraft carrier comes at a time when Hong Kong-based media is reporting a senior executive of CSIC is under investigation for graft and leaking intelligence on Chinese carriers to the CIA.
Sun Bo, former CSIC general manager, is charged with "gross violation of laws and party discipline," according to a notice from China's National Supervision Commission and the Communist Party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, Asia Times reported.
I wonder who they stole this technology from.... Wait for it......
Mr G9 hours ago
Nice if china and russia could get their own ideas instead of stealing them from other countries.
Alex6 hours ago
Well done, China, very well done indeed. Keep up with the good work and "Make China Strong, Prosperous and Great Again"
Cad7 hours ago
A carrier is only good if you have to move a lot of equipment and planes to somewhere else,.. oh and a port near by helps too,.. so where is China going to take it's carrier? If a country sees it entering there waters' then technical it's an invasion, unless they were asked to come. I like to see it get near Russia first or Indian as well since they will probably sink it if not invited first,..
A lot of wasted resources & personal,..
Joe13 hours ago
Why not? We're paying for it.
bleacher seat11 hours ago
Why is the take off zone curved upwards?
D P15 hours ago
Fake news, they don't even have one carrier. Lol
Tangerine11 hours ago
aircraft carriers are obsolete with drone aircrafts. There are current weapons that can sink carriers. IMO.
great15 hours ago
China and Russia are preparing for war against Jew warmonger rule USA. Jew conspiracy day is number.
SFulle13 hours ago
have the first two left port?
Marvelous Marv14 hours ago
China continues to flourish under the Republican Party. Trump has left a void on the world stage in terms of American leadership. And China is more than willing to fill it.
Vicious14 hours ago
Photoshop does not a carrier make...
jing wu14 hours ago
This is the one will be better than most USA Carriers. USA dominance on the sea will be gone forever.
thong15 hours ago
more aircraft carrier can not help the spirit of Communist at the end of its era
jing wu14 hours ago
where is USA ford? a joke in the same way as F35....
J N13 hours ago
China is building up it's economy so it can afford aircraft carriers. US does it in reverse. US spent more money on the military than the economy can afford. Thus, US is deep in debt.
Edward10 hours ago
Future artificial reefs, compliments of the US NAVY!!!!!!!!!
Bob bobbybear13 hours ago
gotta keep the workers busy,,,china built multiple cities that are EMPTY for the same reason!
Freedom9 hours ago
another stolen technology from the US amusement park
PuppyatPlay5 hours ago
Oh uh. Sounds like some general manager in China was having too much fun in Macau.
Captain Trips9 hours ago
China still doesn't have a single pilot who can land on a carrier!
gabby15 hours ago
Good! more to practice to sink it!
Captain Trips9 hours ago
China can't handle the carriers it already has!!! Maybe they will buy Russia's carrier.... Russia will throw in 3 tug boats to tow it!!!
SS-N-19 Shipwreck14 hours ago
China is turning out carriers like sausage.
P15 hours ago
China should expedite the build up of the Type 002 so that they can be use as the militia type, American can sink them easily, but they would have a chance to strike back.
Jimmy6 hours ago
It's obvious by now, that @jing wu has been "chasing the dragon" again. LOL
Dave8 hours ago
It good that the china is making so many reefs for the fish. since they messed up the south china sea.
EC10 hours ago
Chinese would not last a day with war against the USA. The US would destroy them.