There seems to be a new story each week regarding the Chinese military that has the potential to make your skin crawl, and here’s the latest.
Apparently China has built a fake US Navy aircraft carrier. Why? Apparently for missile target practice.
New satellite images capture by Maxar Technologies were published on Sunday, and they show an outline of a carrier that experts believe is in the Takalmakan Desert, which is part of China’s Xinjiang province.
The satellites show that the fake ships appear to be mounted on railway tracks. And the reason for that is pretty obvious, to create a moving target most likely.
Here’s a statement the US Naval Institute gave the New York Post.
“The mockups of several probable U.S. warships, along with other warships (mounted on rails and mobile), could simulate targets related to seeking/target acquisition testing. This, and the extensive detail of the mockups, including the placement of multiple sensors on and around the vessel targets, it is probable that this area is intended for multiple uses over time.”
What’s really interesting, is according to China, this is happening without their knowledge. In the Post story, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson named Wang Wenbin denied know about it.
“I’m not aware of the situation.”
The US military certainly is aware of it.
This story follows a recent report saying that China’s nuclear force is growing much faster than the Pentagon anticipated, and within six years China could have 700 nuclear warheads at their disposal.