Chinese state-run media claim the third aircraft carrier could carry over 50 aircraft. BEIJING -- China is expected to put a third and more advanced aircraft carrier into service by 2025 as the country seeks to modernize its military under its next five-year plan. Progress is being made on the People’s Republic of China’s third aircraft carrier. As of 2018, the PLAN has two combat-ready aircraft carriers, the Liaoning and Shandong, with the third … China’s second indigenous aircraft carrier and the third in its fleet, the second Type 002’s construction details have surfaced over the internet via satellite images analysed by a Washington-based think tank. China has begun construction on their first modern aircraft carrier in Shanghai, according to photos obtained by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The Varyag later underwent an extensive refit to be converted into the Liaoning, China's first operational aircraft carrier, which also served as a basis for China's subsequent design iterations. China has two carriers in service with a third on the way. The first, the Liaoning , was commissioned in 2012, while the second, the Shandong , was commissioned in December 2019. China has been making steady progress building its third aircraft carrier, the first expected to match the “supercarriers” of the US fleet in size and capability, according to satellite photos and analysis by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Richard Sisk of Military.com reported. The Liaoning and Shandong use a 'ski-jump' to launch fighter aircraft; a ski-jump is a curved structure at the end of the flight deck, which allows a jet to take off at lower speed than required for sustained flight. The ship will be a closer equivalent of the U.S. Navy’s carriers than the two ships already in service with the Chinese … Satellite photos indicate bow and … China 's third aircraft carrier has been pictured under construction in Shanghai's 'warship factory' - a 1,000ft titan which threatens the US Navy's supremacy in the South China Sea.. The ship will be China’s third aircraft carrier in total, but the first to be equipped with modern technology that could potentially rival American naval technologies. Images show construction of China's third aircraft carrier, thinktank says This article is more than 1 year old. China has two carriers in service with a third on the way. China is building a new large aircraft carrier, the Type-003 Class. 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. Taiwan Looks To Acquire Lethal US Missiles That Can Devastate Chinese Naval Vessels The ship would be the second of the Type 002 class, […] The first, the Liaoning , was commissioned in 2012, while the second, the Shandong , was commissioned last December. A third aircraft carrier is a necessity for India due to operational and tactical reasons, especially in the context of China’s growing imprint on the Indian Ocean, said a senior Navy officer. The colossal vessel will be the first full-sized carrier operated by the PLA Navy which has another smaller domestically-built vessel and a Soviet-era convert.