CHINA is developing ‘War Hunter’ ships capable of firing torpedoes, satellite images suggest.
A new model of Unscrewed Surface Vessels, also known as USVs were seen docked at the piers on the north-China coast just miles from the Xiaopingdao naval base. The base, reportedly used by the People’s Liberation Army, has in the past housed Chinese submarines, including the Type-036 Ming Class boats.
According to UNSI News, China’s State Shipbuilding Corporation built JARI-USV ‘mini-destroyers’ at the location in 2018.
The JARI, which refers to the Jiangsu Automation Research Institute, is a noteworthy USV in its own right.
The boat, which is around 50 feet long, is capable of being mounted with an ambitious weapons arsenal, including surface to air missiles, and two torpedoes.
Added electronic warfare systems also include phased array radars and electro-optical devices, along with more conventional sonar systems, which can be used in the tracking of submersed targets such as submarines.
The new ships being developed appear follow a similar model to that of the JARI.
Much like its peer, it has openings for torpedoes on each side of the hull, however, its size is significantly larger, boasting an extra 20 feet of space, making the craft far more stable than the JARI.
Some experts believe that China is also holding other secret warships at the port, constructed in 2017.
The emergence of such Chinese military hardware comes at a time of raised tension in the region.
Already China and the United States have crossed paths on multiple occasions around the South China Sea, a place in which China has started to reclaim land from the sea, building a vast host of islands in the process.
Many of the islands are said to be used for military purposes, with clear satellite images of runways and ports appearing on the new plots of land.
The United States has often been warned away from the area during aerial reconnaissance by Chinese military units.
The US has repeatedly defended its right to fly into international airspace, and has continued to do so in spite of Chinese pressure to stay away.
Furthermore, tension between China and Taiwan has also led to China flexing its military muscles as a war of words between Beijing and Taipei seem to escalate on a daily basis.
President Xi has vowed to reclaim the self-declared independent territory which it claims is. “Brinkwire Summary News”.