New cruiser mockup at right, existing CV mockup at left.
Clear side profile, note the bow and hangar deck are not constructed.
Extrapolated profile view (courtesy CDF member "Hongjian")
This contents of this unusual extended superstructure are hotly debated.
Closeup boasting an exceptionally large bridge deck.
CDF members surmise this aft superstructure to be a hangar and possible pedestal for an L-Band radar.
The mockup of the CV LIAONING was built at Wuhan in late 2009, and the actual ship entered the fleet in 2012. Using this same timeline we might expect the keel of the new cruiser to be laid in 2015 with a 2017 commission date.
Revised dimensions (courtesy CDF member "Totoro").
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