(www.popularmechanics.com – Kyle Mizohami) – China’s First Homemade Aircraft Carrier Is Having Some Problems
It’s the largest warship ever constructed in the country.
China’s first homemade aircraft carrier could be experiencing teething problems, as the ship prepares for yet another round of sea trials. The carrier, known variously at Type 001A or Type 002, is the country’s second and the largest warship ever built in China.
According to the South China Morning Post*, the still-unnamed aircraft carrier is scheduled for another round of sea trials. Those are short voyages undertaken by brand new ships—or ships that have had extensive upgrades—to test the ship’s readiness for active duty. Sea trials are designed to stress test every new part of the ship, from propulsion to sensors and weapons, and all the little things in between.
China’s new carrier has undergone several rounds of sea trials, with this latest scheduled four days after a previous set of trials. This suggests the People’s Liberation Army Navy is aggressively trying to stamp out emerging problems, and that some of these issues have had quick fixes. As the new carrier is the largest ever built by China, the so-called “first in class” problems are not unexpected. (…)
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