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China's 2nd aircraft carrier's sea trial likely in Feb: report

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

China's first indigenous aircraft carrier is expected to conduct its maiden sea trials next month, even as the country's began building a third in

had launched its second in April 2017 after it commissioned the first carrier the Liaoning, a re-fitted Soviet Union-made vessel in 2012.

"China's first homemade might conduct its sea trials around in mid-February," Li Jie, a Beijing-based naval expert, told state-run Global Times.

He said it was possible the could carry training personnel from China's second for them to study and gain experience.

Taiwan's defence authorities last week in a statement on its website had said that the Liaoning, which passed the west side of the Straits, was expected to embark on a long- distance voyage.

has developed a new jet fighter called A fighter to operate from the decks of its carriers, the report said.

The conducted three cross-sea area training exercises in 2013, 2016 and 2017. "Passing the Straits is not strange for the and its naval formation," Li stressed.

He added that this time the might go through to complete another circle of

Last week the Hong Kong-based South Morning Post had reported that has started building its third with a hi-tech launch system.

The third aircraft, a second home-grown, is being built at a shipyard since last year, it quoted People's (PLA) officials as saying.

The shipyard is still working on the third aircraft carrier's hull, which is expected to take about two years.

Earlier reports said plans to have four aircraft carriers in by 2030 to operate from the disputed South Sea as well as

"Building the new carrier will be more complicated and challenging than the other two ships," a PLA told Post.

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 14:15 IST