Fears that China will have 1,000 nuclear weapons by 2030 have led to the construction of missile targets shaped like US warships.
CHINA has built missile targets shaped like US warships in a chilling new warning to its adversaries, all while stockpiling nuclear weapons.
On Sunday, satellite images in the Taklamakan Desert captured mockups of US Navy aircraft carriers and a destroyer.
The images, which were captured by Maxar Technologies, a satellite imagery company based in Colorado, have raised fears that Beijing is preparing for future naval clashes.
They appear to have built detailed missile targets that depict a full-scale outline of at least two Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers and a US carrier sitting on a railway track.
The ship-sized targets, according to experts, could be mounted on the 6-meter-wide rail system to mimic a moving vessel.
The model warships, which are being built on a site that was previously used to test anti-ship ballistic missiles, are thought to have details like funnels and weapons systems.
The missile targets have been developed recently by the People’s Liberation Army, according to the independent US Naval Institute.
Anti-ship missile programs are usually overseen by their Rocket Force division.
Collin Koh works as a research fellow at Singapore’s S Rajaratnam School of International Studies.
“I don’t believe the desert targets will be the final stage,” says the author.
It’s a work in progress.”
He claimed that an anti-ship ballistic missile test in the desert couldn’t accurately simulate the conditions of a marine environment, which could affect sensors and targeting.
However, they have been able to conduct the research more safely and “keep it out of the prying eyes of US military and intelligence assets” by conducting it inland, he explained.
The structure was built in 2019, according to the USNI, before being dismantled later that same year after several rebuilds.
According to reports, the site was resurrected in late September and was completed by early October.
“I’m not aware of the situation you mentioned,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a daily briefing on Monday, denying any knowledge of the mockups.
The satellite snaps have raised concerns that China is taunting the US once again, as tensions between the two countries over Taiwan and the South China Sea continue to simmer.
The country’s Navy is also rapidly expanding its fleet, indicating that it is focusing on potential maritime conflict.
According to the US Defense Department, Beijing will have 1,000 nuclear weapons in the next decade and “up to 700 deliverable nuclear warheads by 2027.”
The Pentagon is on high alert as they realize China is moving much faster than they had anticipated.
The communist country boasted that it was “unstoppable.”
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