China’s Type 075 amphibious assault ship completes trial, but needs aircraft

China’s first Type 075 landing helicopter assault dock completed its first test voyage on Sunday, and is expected to join the Chinese navy’s marines next year, military analysts said.

By Minnie Chan
SOURCE: South China Morning Post

However, a military insider said the amphibious warship was still awaiting the launch of the aircraft it would carry: the naval versions of the Z-8J and Z-20J, which are modified based on the air force’s Z-8 and Z-20 armed helicopters.

Having left a shipyard in Shanghai for the first time on August 5, the Type 075 assault carrier returned last Sunday after completing an 18-day sea trial, according to photographs circulating online.

The Type 075 landing helicopter dock (LHD) is estimated to have a displacement of about 40,000 tonnes and is China’s largest – and the world’s third-largest – amphibious assault ship, behind the United States’ Wasp-class and America-class ships.

China’s first Type 075 landing helicopter assault dock completed its first test voyage on Sunday, and is expected to join the Chinese navy’s marines next year, military analysts said.

However, a military insider said the amphibious warship was still awaiting the launch of the aircraft it would carry: the naval versions of the Z-8J and Z-20J, which are modified based on the air force’s Z-8 and Z-20 armed helicopters. READ MORE HERE