BEIJING (AP) — A leading defense analyst says China has fully restored an aircraft carrier from Ukraine that it intends to use to train Chinese pilots.
Hong Kong-based Kanwa Asian Defense magazine says the restoration included all living and working compartments, the engines, navigation systems and power generating equipment.
The ship is China’s first aircraft carrier. The U.S. Department of Defense expects it to be relaunched at any time for a pilot training platform.
China bought the mothballed carrier in 1998 and towed it to the northeastern port of Dalian for a complete refitting.
Kanwa said the complete restoration was intended to make the ship fully functional and be practice for building China’s future homemade carriers