New commercial satellite photos of the Type 002, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN) third aircraft carrier and second domestically built flattop, provide the clearest view yet of the vessel following extensive construction and relocation, according to a new report published by a Washington, DC, think tank.
The China Power Project (ChinaPower) of the Center for Strategic and International Studies updated its “Tracking China’s Third Aircraft Carrier” page on Thursday with new satellite imagery taken from the Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai, China, on August 18, 2020.
“As construction continues, we expect the vessel to lengthen by several meters with the addition of the flight deck,” ChinaPower clarified.
Responding to the PLAN’s rumored progress on the ship, Commander of US Fleet Forces Adm. Chris Grady argued that China’s sea power developments make “the argument that carriers are important.”
“To me that makes all the sense, they’re a maritime power, and they understand the great value that comes from carrier aviation and how that can shape the international environment. It’s taken us over 100 years to get that right,” Grady said on Thursday during the American Society of Naval Engineers 2020 Fleet Maintenance Modernization Symposium.
Military.com drew comparisons between the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) rumored to be planned for the…