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It's interesting they've chosen to have the ability to cover areas up if desired where, in the US it's open for any satellite that wants to take a look. (I'll side with China on this one.)
 

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I think it's more likely to facilitate working under cover than covering against recon sats. Most of the QEC's modules were built inside before being joined in dock, and a number of commercial yards, especially in Europe, have huge covered assembly facilities.
 

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Probably both considerations are in play.
 

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Newport News uses covered building galleries for some of their block construction now. Weather is their primary justification.
 

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Via Bltizo/SDF aka @RickJoe_PLART

"GE updated JNCX, with imagery from 10th March.

We are finally able to measure the beam of 003 directly rather than having to measure a secondary object to extrapolate its beam."
I consistently measure between 40-41 meters on GE, which is similar to what the CSIS satellite imagery earlier this year measured."

003 10th march.jpg
 

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It's mind-boggling the pace they're setting there. We'd still be counting Snail Darters in the US.
 

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Via Bltizo/SDF aka @RickJoe_PLART

"GE updated JNCX, with imagery from 10th March.

We are finally able to measure the beam of 003 directly rather than having to measure a secondary object to extrapolate its beam."
I consistently measure between 40-41 meters on GE, which is similar to what the CSIS satellite imagery earlier this year measured."
GE is usually quite precise and can be trusted. But we don't know if that width is waterline beam or beam at hangar level or any other figure.
Here are some known carrier waterline beams:
Kuznetsov 38 m
QE 39 m
Forestall 39.4 m
Nimitz 40.8 m

Here are some widths at hangar level (estimated from images from the front of each carrier)
Kuznetsov 39.7 m
QE 40 m
Nimitz 41.2 m

So, if the 40.5 m width of the Chinese carrier pertains to the waterline beam, it would make it almost as wide as nimitz. Suggesting displacement over 90 000 tons.

If, however, we are looking at hangar level width, the waterline beam would be less.
38.7 m if using kuznetsov as base for comparison.
Or 39.5 m if using QE for comparison.
Or 40.1 m if using nimitz for comparison.

Of course, we also may not be looking at hangar level. We may also be looking at either above or below the hangar level.

Bottom line is, a bit too early to deduce the true waterline beam at this point. And without it (as well as length figure) it's a bit too early to estimate displacement.
 
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