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Video Shows First Chinese Jet Takeoff From New Shandong Carrier

© AFP 2021 / STRType 001A, China's second aircraft carrier, is transferred from the dry dock into the water during a launch ceremony at Dalian shipyard in Dalian, northeast China's Liaoning Province, April 26, 2017
Type 001A, China's second aircraft carrier, is transferred from the dry dock into the water during a launch ceremony at Dalian shipyard in Dalian, northeast China's Liaoning Province, April 26, 2017 - Sputnik International
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Both the J-15 fighter jets and the new carrier are based on Soviet weapon design, which is also used in the Russian Armed Forces. This is the first carrier China has completely built on its own.

A new Chinese carrier, the Shandong, which entered service on 17 December this year, was shown in action in a report by Chinese CCTV7 channel. The report features Chinese J-15 4th-generation jets practicing takeoff and landing on the boat.

Both the J-15 and the Shandong are heavily based on Soviet design, with the J-15 based on the Su-33 jet and the Shandong based on the Project 1143, or ‘Kuznetsov-class’, carrier family. Currently, Russia has one Project 1143 ship – the eponymous Admiral Kuznetsov, which participated in Russia’s military operation in Syria. 

Both the Su-33 prototype and the Soviet Varyag carrier were purchased by China from Ukraine, according to Russian media reports.

The Shandong, whose construction began in 2013, is China’s first completely domestically-built carrier. It can reportedly carry up to 36 jets, according to a Popular Mechanics report. This is China’s second carrier, complementing the Liaoning, another Kuznetsov-class carrier. 

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