Satellite imagery tells of a sophisticated reconstruction of an American aircraft carrier in Xinjiang. This will be the target of Beijing’s missile programs
The Chinese military’s firing range has been completed in recent weeks and is located almost entirely in the Taklamagan Desert of Xinjiang, the main part of the Silk Road and the center of tensions between China and the United States. . The Beijing government is for the Uyghur minorities (Washington and other common capitals speak of “genocide”). The reconstructed targets include an American aircraft carrier and two Orly Burke-class destroyers. Expressing USNI News Analyst satellite imagery provided by Maxar.
“According to press reports in 2013, the site is close to the former firing range used by China to test the first versions of its DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missiles,” said the article, signed by experts. HI Sutton e Sam Lacron This underscores the Chinese emphasis on American warships.
“Unlike the target of the Iranian navy aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, the new facility shows signs of a structured and complex firing range,” they continue (Iranian exercises Formiche.net She worked for a year). Indeed, not only photographs but also poles are used for radar reflectors to simulate the superstructure of the ship: it is a step forward compared to the Tehran targets and the two targets already set by Beijing.
The People’s Liberation Army missile forces have several ballistic missile programs to their credit. The Pentagon released its report last week (Analysis here Formiche.net) I explain the goal of Beijing and especially of these Armed Forces: to keep the American aircraft carriers under the threat of arms throughout the Western Pacific.
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