Recently published photographs on the Internet indicate that China probably began construction of the 081 Type Universal Airborne Helicopter Carrier, the military expert Yin Chuo said in an interview with Beijing television.
And earlier there were reports that China is building the first ship with a displacement of about 20 thousand tons and capable of carrying 12 transport and combat helicopters, the design is similar to the French amphibious assault carrier Mistral. The expert noted that China can build on six UDC Type 071 and Type 081 (total 12 units).
The expert also suggested that a large landing ship dock could be created, capable of taking aboard ships of the Bison type, acquired in Ukraine. But such a BDK should be with a displacement in the region of 40-60 thousand tons, the expert said.