Chinese aircraft carrier programme

A Chinese supercarrier at sea trials.

Class overview
Builders: Jiangnan Changxing Shipbuilding Corporation
Shipyard: Jiangnan Shipyard
Operators: People's Liberation Army Navy
Preceded by: Shi Lang class aircraft carrier
Succeeded by: Future Chinese class aircraft carrier
In commission: 2015-Present
Planned: 5
Completed: 5
Active: 5
Cancelled: 0
Retired: 0
Scrapped: 0
General characteristics
Type: Supercarrier

• 93,000 tonnes (92,000 long tons) standard

• 105,000 tonnes (104,000 long tons) full load

• 107,000 tonnes (106,000 long tons) deep load

Length: 330 m (1070 ft)
Beam: 79 m (258 ft)
Draught: 10,9 m (35 ft)


Steam turbines


275,000 shp

Speed: 34 knots (63 km/h)
Complement: 2000
Armament: • 4 x Type 1030 CIWS
• 8 x FL-3000 (18 Cell Missile system)
Aircraft carried: 80-90

Shenyang J-15

Shenyang J-19

Aviation facilities: Angled flight deck for CATOBAR operations

The Chinese aircraft carrier programme supercarriers is a class of five 93,000 tons (107,000 tons at deep load) Chinese supercarriers being built for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), the naval branch of the socialist superpower People's Republic of China. It is the first Asian class of supercarriers ever built in the history and is a continuation on the Shi Lang class Chinese aircraft carrier, the first class of Chinese aircraft carriers built for PLAN. This class is built on a design based on the Soviet supercarrier class project Project 1143,7 Ulyanovsk, built for the Soviet Union, China's most important partner. This was an response to the Japanese aircraft carrier Asuka II (CVN-99), the flagship of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.

A supercarrier of this class carry around 80-90 fixed-wing aircraft as Chinese fighter aircraft, such Shenyang J-15 and Shenyang J-19.