Chinese aircraft carrier exercises in the South China Sea
A source close to the Chinese navy said both Liaoning and Shandong could only do so.
A defensive duties due to the use of the Soviet Kuznetsov-class aircraft carrier design, with the main armament being the P-700 Granit long-range cruise missile instead of the fighter.
However, neither of China’s first two aircraft carriers possessed similar missiles.
The Aircraft Carrier Shandong and its escort ship conducted combat exercises in the South China Sea with the aim of deploying fighters, but the specific location is unknown.