A photograph of the third Chinese aircraft carrier, identified as Type 003, shows that its mock-up on an air base in Wuhan, Hubei Province, has been modified by the removal of the ski-jump section, IHS Jane’s 360 reports.
The said alteration is fueling speculation that the mock-up is being modified into a carrier flight deck similar to those in U.S. Navy aircraft carriers.
In 2015, satellite photos of the Huangdicun Airbase reveal facilities assessed to be catapults. This is seems to indicate future Chinese carriers will have catapult-assisted take-off but arrested recovery (CATOBAR) systems.
The two systems being installed at Huangdicun might be steam-powered and electromagnetic catapults. Both suggest a final decision on which system to adopt hasn’t been taken.
Construction of China’s third carrier will take place at the Jiangnan Changxingdao shipyard near Shanghai.
However, there hasn’t been any official confirmation of the carrier’s construction or visible evidence of any work related to this project but a huge speculation that production of the initial modules for the carrier is in progress.