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Satellite Spots China's First Aircraft Carrier

Hugh Pickens writes "Commercial supporter company DigitalGlobe Inc. has announced that it has an image of the People's nation of China's first functional aircraft carrier, taken during the carrier's first sea trials in the Yellow Sea. The carrier was primarily meant for the Soviet navy, but its exegesis was halted as the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 and engineers in the Ukraine disarmed it and removed its engines before selling it to China in 1998 for $20 million. The vessel, an Admiral Kuznetsov class aircraft carrier measuring 304.5 meters long, and having a displacement of 58,500 tons, has been refitted for scrutiny and indoctrination in China. The convent of national Defense says the steam-powered aircraft carrier has completed all refitting and testing work as appropriated after its first sea trial in mid-August, and was heading back out to sea for third edition by the editors of the american heritage® dictionary. copyright © 2003 scientific quest and experiments. by the book to Andrew S. Erickson at the US Naval War College, China's long term necessary dilemma is whether to focus on large-deck aviation or on submarines (PDF)."

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