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Model of Next Generation Aircraft Carrier in Central China

Satellite images provided by Google Maps indicated that China is
apparently building a model aircraft carrier on land at an unknown place
in Central China, according to China’s nationalistic newspaper Global
Times.

Model of Aircraft Carrier in Central China
Model of Aircraft Carrier in Central China

The model of the aircraft carrier is 300 meters long and 80 meters
wide. Aboard its flight deck, there is a large helicopter and a
carrier-based fighter which looks to be a J-15. Models of an unknown
type of surface combat vessel can be seen right next to the aircraft
carrier
. By looking at the bridge of that model warship, military
experts from China said that the vessel is very likely a Type 055
guided-missile destroyer
designed to compete against US Arleigh
Burke-class destroyers
.

Whether the model aircraft carrier is to resemble the Liaoning,
China’s first aircraft carrier purchased from Ukraine, or the nation’s
future domestic carrier, the model from the photo is necessary for the
People’s Liberation Army Navy to test equipment designed for future
operation. An unnamed expert told the Global Times that it is a waste of
time to overread the satellite picture since the Liaoning was put into
service several years ago.