Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN) second aircraft carrier, which is designated as Type 001A, has begun power system tests, CGTN reported.
The yet-to-be-named vessel is the first aircraft carrier designed and built indigenously by China.
Construction began in December 2015 and in late April this year, the carrier was launched in the city of Dalian, northeast China. It has been undergoing testing since. The vessel is likely to join the Navy by late next year, earlier than scheduled.
The general director for developing the ship said testing the power system lays the foundation for future sea tests. The director also said China has already established a special team for aircraft carrier development
The Type 001A was produced by state-owned Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Offshore Company in Liaoning province, which also spent more than eight years refurbishing the Liaoning, China’s sole operational aircraft carrier which was commissioned in 2012.