The Fujian is China’s third aircraft carrier, and the first to be equipped with advanced launch technology comparable to its US counterparts. Photo: Kyodo
The Fujian is China’s third aircraft carrier, and the first to be equipped with advanced launch technology comparable to its US counterparts. Photo: Kyodo

When will China’s Fujian aircraft carrier be ready for active duty?

  • Observers say the ship’s cutting-edge electromagnetic catapults and other systems will need months of tests
  • The US Navy is the only other military to use the technology and its carrier the Gerald R. Ford was in testing for years before combat readiness

The Fujian is China’s third aircraft carrier, and the first to be equipped with advanced launch technology comparable to its US counterparts. Photo: Kyodo
The Fujian is China’s third aircraft carrier, and the first to be equipped with advanced launch technology comparable to its US counterparts. Photo: Kyodo
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