China to unveil next-gen carrier-based fighter end of the year

According to information published by Global Times on September 29, 2021, China will reveal new progress on its next-generation aircraft carrier-based fighter jet this year, the maker of the aircraft said at the ongoing Airshow China 2021 in Zhuhai, South China's Guangdong Province.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 A model of what could be the future next-gen carrier-based fighter (Picture source: Twitter account of The MAK)

The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) would be the one that financed its development to round off its J-15 carrier heavy fighters for its future Type 003 aircraft carrier under construction.

The Type 003 aircraft carrier is an aircraft carrier under construction for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) of China. It will be the first Chinese aircraft carrier to use a CATOBAR system and electromagnetic (EM) launch catapults.

The CATOBAR is a system used for the launch and recovery of aircraft from the deck of an aircraft carrier. Under this technique, aircraft launch using a catapult-assisted take-off and land on the ship (the recovery phase) using arrestor wires.

The carrier's size is expected to be between 85,000-ton and 100,000-ton supercarriers. The Type 003 is approximately 300 meters (984 ft 3 in) long. Commercial satellite imagery indicated that its length was 320 meters and has a flight deck with a width of 78 meters. The Type 003 will be longer than its predecessors and it will also be much wider to allow the transport of more planes.