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Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy warships and fighter jets during a military display in the South China Sea.

China’s recruiting a lot more flattop fighter pilots — another sign China has big plans for its aircraft carriers

China has one operational carrier, a second expected to enter service soon, and a third under construction. And, there may be more on the way.
Chinese navy warships and fighter jets during a military display in the South China Sea.

Satellite images show China building a big aircraft carrier believed to be its first modern flattop

Incredible satellite images show the ongoing construction of China's third aircraft carrier, which will likely be the country's first modern flattop.
Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning during a Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy drill in the western Pacific Ocean, April 18, 2018.

China wants to turn its training aircraft carrier into a combat ship — here’s how it stacks up against US carriers

China has more planned for its first aircraft carrier than just training, as it is now pushing to transform the Liaoning into a combat ship.
China's aircraft carrier Liaoning takes part in a military drill of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy in the western Pacific Ocean

China confirms for the first time that it has a third aircraft carrier in the works

China has publicly confirmed for the first time suspicions that it is building a third aircraft carrier, and it may turn out to be a very big deal.
J-15 fighters from China's Liaoning aircraft carrier conduct a drill in an area of South China Sea, January 2, 2017.

Russia rips China’s J-15 fighter jet, which Beijing stole from Moscow

The J-15 is too heavy to operate efficiently from carriers, has problems with its flight control systems, which has led to several crashes, and more, Sputnik reported.
Thailand's Chakri Naruebet aircraft carrier.

These are the world’s 7 worst aircraft carriers that are currently in service

These commissioned aircraft carriers were built for combat, but have a history of breaking down or repeated problems with conducting the full range of missions that they were built to perform.
Liaoning, China's first aircraft carrier

China’s aircraft carriers have a boatload of glaring weaknesses — but the next carrier could be a ‘huge step forward’

China's carrier force is struggling to overcome several glaring weaknesses, everything from aircraft and pilots to engines and launch systems, but the country's third carrier is expected to be a "huge step forward," according to experts.
An artist's impression of Type 002.

A leaked photo shows that China is building a supercarrier that could rival the US’ Nimitz-class carriers

A leaked photo shows China is building a modern supercarrier that can launch planes via catapults. If the supercarrier works as planned — and that's a big, if — it would make the Chinese navy one of the most powerful in the world.