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China begins building 3rd aircraft carrier; to be deployed in Indian Ocean

China launched its first aircraft carrier in 2014 which is a refitted vessel of the hull of a former Soviet ship

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

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has started building its third with a hi-tech launch system even as it is completing a new type of with modern weapons to be deployed in and Sea, a media report said on Friday.

The carrier's construction has started even as another is being built at a shipyard since last year, Hong Kong-based Morning Post reported quoting People's (PLA) officials.

China launched its first in 2014 which is a refitted vessel of the hull of a former Soviet ship.

Last April, China launched its first indigenously-built which is being fitted with equipment. It had already announced plans to build a third one earlier. The second aircraft carrier is expected to be launched this year.

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

"Building the new carrier will be more complicated and challenging than the other two ships," it quoted a PLA official as saying.

China has been trying to build up a blue-water giving precedence to its as it looks to expand its influence globally.

China has also designed an aircraft to operate from the deck of the carrier and is currently training pilots.

Sources said it is too early to say when the third vessel would be launched, but China plans to have four in service by 2030, report quoted naval experts as saying.

Also state-run reported that China is building a new type of for its equipped with modern defence, anti-missile, anti-ship and anti-submarine weapons.

The new is expected to be in service soon and its future missions might include assignments to the Sea and Indian Ocean, state-run reported.

Construction of the destroyer has focused on improving the ship's fighting capability, a military representative, Leng Jun, was quoted as saying in the report.

After soliciting opinions from military officers and soldiers, designers changed the original plan for helicopters on the warship, increasing the height of the cabins to improve the passing efficiency, said a report by the PLA Daily, the official organ of the

A new welding technique was explored and used in building the outer hull, which was made of a new type of material, the report said.

To provide a more comfortable environment for soldiers on the ship, workers used new materials to protect against shock and noise and in the destroyer's living cabins.

The vessel will have to undergo planned testing, including equipment operation, berthing and sailing, before it is commissioned for use, it said.

First Published: Fri, January 05 2018. 22:02 IST