The aircraft carrier has not yet received the official name and is known as Type 001A. According to unofficial information, access to the sea can be scheduled for April 23 - the official day of the PLA Navy.
In an interview with CCTV, DSIC head Liu Zheng said that all ship systems are fully operational and are undergoing debugging. In addition, the main power plant is already working on the Type 001A. Considering that the tests of an aircraft carrier take 6 – 12 months, by the end of this year the PLA Navy can take on board the ship.
The launch of the Chinese aircraft carrier took place on 26 last April. The ship was laid in November 2013, but the Chinese Ministry of Defense officially confirmed the construction of a new aircraft carrier only in January, 2016.
Despite the fact that in China the new aircraft carrier is called a fully national development, in its size and shape it corresponds to the Soviet aircraft carrying cruisers. It is known that in 90, the Chinese bought from the Nevsky Design Bureau a set of project documentation for the aircraft-carrying cruisers of the modernized 1143.6 “Krechet” project.