Found this CG in an old thread on another forum. I have it dated 5 February 2014. Bar one too many cat and elevator looks quite close to actual CV18.
Also, sponsons are off. KJ-600 with winglets and what seems to imply a fixed radome with 3 AESA panels for 360° coverage. Overall shape is off as well.Found this CG in an old thread on another forum. I have it dated 5 February 2014. Bar one too many cat and elevator looks quite close to actual CV18.
This is the first catapult carrier China has and it's a unique type of catapult that only china operates, i think it makes sense it will take a while.
Aircraft carrier Ford have been launched in 2013 and still had problems to use his emal catapults in 2021, 8 years later... I don't see a problem with how long it have taken for cv-18 to finish installing them.
I don't think they will remove it until they have to remove it. Even after the installation, the system still need to go through various test and verification. At least the shed can provide these engineers a better work environment and make it easier if they need to reinstall some components, then why even bother to remove the cover?