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China's second aircraft carrier to be equipped with J-15, military expert says

By Yuan Can (People's Daily Online)    17:04, March 07, 2016

China's carrier fighter J-15, nicknamed "Flying Shark," is China's first generation multi-purpose carrier-borne fighter jet, with the capability to carry out various tasks. The rarely released photos show that "Liaoning" aircraft carrier conducts successful take-off and landing tests of its carrier-borne J-15 fighters. (Photo source: Xinhuanet)

China's domestically produced J-15 carrier-based fighter will be deployed on the country's second aircraft carrier, said military expert Yin Zhuo in a recent interview.

Similar to the country’s first aircraft carrier, Liaoning, China's second aircraft carrier will mainly load J-15 with supports from anti-submarine warfare helicopters, early warning helicopters and rescue helicopters, according to Yin in an interview with China National Radio.

Yin said in the interview that the gross tonnage of the second aircraft carrier might be larger than that of the 55,000-ton Liaoning, which was originally built in Ukraine before the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Liaoning prototype is constrained by the Montreux Convention.

According to Yin, the second aircraft carrier will be newly designed, but its appearance will be based on the Russian Project 1143.5 Orel Class design for the sake of stability of fluid mechanics

Yin said the new aircraft carrier will also feature a new design that allows the vessel to carry more ammunition, aircraft and fuel, greatly improving its self-sufficiency and combat effectiveness at sea.

The construction of China's second aircraft carrier, the country's first to be independently designed, was announced by Ministry of Defense spokesperson Yang Yujun on Dec. 31, 2015.

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