Photos: China’s Type 003 Super Carrier Takes Final Shape at Shanghai Shipyard as Launch Date Nears
The latest images of the Type 003 carrier reveal again some progress and even if some currently ongoing discussions vary on length, width and flight deck area it is in any way as @AlexLuck9 noted "... a healthily sized super carrier!"— @Rupprecht_A (@RupprechtDeino) July 6, 2021
(Images via 谈笑看世间) pic.twitter.com/m5xNCH1z4A
Excellent working comparison estimates of 003 deck area, via 谈书xx, Weibo.— Rick Joe (@RickJoe_PLA) July 4, 2021
Preliminary of course, but certainly within reason that 003's deck area could slightly exceed Nimitz...
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Pic 1: 003, Ford, Nimitz, Kitty Hawk
Pic 2: 003, Ford, Queen Elizabeth, Liaoning pic.twitter.com/VI0MlnglRw
However, no formal announcement has yet been made about the so-called J-35, despite the appearance of aircraft models similar to the FC-31 at a carrier mock-up in Wuhan.
Both carriers are smaller than the Type 003 and closely related to Russia’s flagship aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov. The PLAN also has one Hainan-class landing helicopter dock in service and two more being finished. The warships resemble aircraft carriers, but carry helicopters and amphibious landing craft.