posted on Dec, 18 2017 @ 08:12 PM
There is a bit of an update on China's 2nd carrier, the CV17 Shandong. The ship is coming together nicely and apparently will start sea trials soon.
The China Defense Blog posted some beautiful pictures of the latest progress. It does look like the Chinese shipyard is installing the radar systems
on the carrier's island.
Much to my amusement, the sole comment on the blog is by a Russian claiming the pictures are of the nuclear powered "Ulyanovsk"...a ship never
completed and broken up decades ago. And the commenter is rather wrong. The Shandong is a modified Varyag rather than Ulyanovsk and definitely NOT
For that matter, I do not believe the carrier with EMALS cats (the third carrier) will be nuclear powered either.
However, the Chinese are interested in thorium based reactors for its warships:
Chillingly, they are considering nuclear powered drones. It was a bad idea when we considered nuclear powered aircraft in the 50s. its a bad idea