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China builds mockups of US warships as training targets

The PLA Rocket Force oversees the anti-ship missile programmes of China whose ministry of defence does not respond to queries from the media

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The defence forces of China have made simulations in the form of a United States Navy aircraft carrier and other United States warships, possibly as training targets, in the desert of Xinjiang, satellite images by Maxar showed on 7 November.

These mockups reflect China’s efforts to build up anti-carrier capabilities, specifically against the US Navy, as tensions remain high with Washington over Taiwan and the South China Sea.

The satellite images showed a full-scale outline of a US carrier and at least two Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers had been built at what appears to be a new target range complex in the Taklamakan Desert.

The complex has been used for ballistic missile testing, the US Naval Institute reported, quoting geospatial intelligence company All Source Analysis.

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The PLA Rocket Force oversees the anti-ship missile programmes of China. The defence ministry of China did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

According to the Pentagon’s latest annual report on China military, the PLARF conducted its first confirmed live-fire launch into the South China Sea in July 2020, firing six DF-21 anti-ship ballistic missiles into the waters north of the Spratly Islands, where the communist dictatorship has territorial disputes with Taiwan and four Southeast Asian countries.

The tests at sea may have shown China “they are still far from creating an accurate ASBM,” said Collin Koh, a research fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. “I don’t think the desert targets are going to be the final stage. It’s meant for further refinement.”

An anti-ship ballistic missile test in the desert would not reflect the realistic conditions of a marine environment, which could affect sensors and targeting, but would allow China to carry out the tests more securely, Koh said.

US Secretary of State said in July this year that the United States will defend if it comes under attack in the South China Sea and warned Beijing to cease its “provocative behaviour”.

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