Military Part 8

China building helipads, other infra in Doklam area: Nirmala Sitharaman

Mar 05, 2018

  • “In order to maintain these troops during the winter, People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has undertaken construction of some infrastructure, including sentry posts, trenches and helipads,” she said. Sitharaman’s reply today came in response to a question on whether satellite images have revealed that China has constructed seven helipads in Doklam besides deploying tanks and missiles in the area.

China’s Three ‘Navies’ Each Have the World’s Most Ships

February 28, 2018

  • As a friend’s five-year-old puts it, “China has three navies: the regular navy, the police navy and the sneaky navy.” Each of these three sea forces is the world’s largest of its type by number of ships — at least by some measures. More formally, China’s Armed Forces comprise three major organizations, each with a maritime subcomponent. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) contains the PLA Navy (PLAN); the People’s Armed Police (PAP) increasingly leads China’s Maritime Law Enforcement (MLE) forces, including the China Coast Guard (CCG); and the People’s Armed Forces Maritime Militia (PAFMM) contains a growing proportion of seagoing units. The CCG and PAFMM, clearly the world’s most numerous by any logical measure, are the focus of this article.

China has plan to build nuclear-powered aircraft carrier

February 28, 2018

  • China is developing technologies to build a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, state media reported on Wednesday, as Beijing pushes forward with an ambitious military modernization program. Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged in October last year to turn China’s military into a world-class fighting force by 2050, and has made new technology development a key policy plank, investing in stealth fighters, aircraft carriers and missiles.

Russia and China Are Working on Space and Counterspace Weapons

20 Feb , 2018

  • “We assess that, if a future conflict were to occur involving Russia or China, either country would justify attacks against US and allied satellites as necessary to offset any perceived US military advantage derived from military, civil, or commercial space systems. Military reforms in both countries in the past few years indicate an increased focus on establishing operational forces designed to integrate attacks against space systems and services with military operations in other domains.” The authors further anticipate that Russian and Chinese destructive ASAT technology could reach operational capacity within a few years time. To this end, they cite recent changes in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), which include the formation of military units that have training in counter-space operations and the development of ground-launched ASAT missiles.

Aerial photos ‘point to new Chinese signals hub’ in the heart of the South China Sea

17 February, 2018

  • The CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative said the northeastern corner of Fiery Cross Reef was now equipped with a communications or sensor array bigger than those found on other artificial islands in the Spratlys. Yue added that Fiery Cross had been home to a weather station for the Global Sea Level Observing System survey since 1987. “Such a large array could be used to maintain stable communication with the global weather system, while at the same time ensuring communication between China’s artificial islands in the South China Sea,” he said.

These Chinese military innovations threaten U.S. superiority, experts say

Feb 17 2018

  • “The U.S. no longer possesses clear military-technical dominance, and China is rapidly emerging as a would-be superpower in science and technology,” said Elsa B. Kania, an adjunct fellow at the Center for a New American Security, a Washington think tank. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army “might even cut ahead of the U.S. in new frontiers of military power,” she added.

Boring electrical power distribution could give China’s Navy railguns and other huge advantages

February 15, 2018

  • China has claimed success with electrical power management for its aircraft carrier magnetic launch systems and for their submarine propulsion. Integrated Electrical Propulsion System (IEPS) turns all the output of the ship’s engine into electricity, unlike traditional propulsion designs, which convert engine and reactor output into mechanical action to turn the propeller shaft. The high electrical output can also be used to power motors for the propellers or potentially high-energy weapons.

‘Falling behind’: US admiral warns of China dominance in hypersonic missile race

16 February, 2018

  • “China’s hypersonic weapons development outpaces ours … we’re falling behind,” Admiral Harry Harris, who heads the military’s Pacific Command, warned lawmakers on Wednesday. “We need to continue to pursue that and in a most aggressive way to ensure that we have the capabilities to both defend against China’s hypersonic weapons and to develop our own offensive hypersonic weapons.”

China and Russia are catching up with military power of US and West, say leading defence experts

14 February 2018

  • China and Russia are challenging the military supremacy of America and its allies and the West can no longer rely on the strategic advantage it has enjoyed until now, a leading think tank states in its annual report. The Military Balance 2018 report, produced by the IISS (International Institute of Strategic Studies) warns that while war between the great powers is not inevitable, Washington, Moscow and Beijing are now systematically preparing for the possibility of conflict.

China’s J-20 stealth jet put into air force combat service


  • China’s latest J-20 stealth fighters have been commissioned into air force combat service, a spokesperson confirmed Friday. “It marks an important step for the J-20 to have comprehensive combat capabilities,” said Shen Jinke, spokesman for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force.

Pentagon: Russia and China Capable of Destroying U.S. Satellites by 2020

February 5 2018

  • Russia and China are developing weaponry that can destroy vital American satellites, according to a new report by the Pentagon’s Joint Staff intelligence directorate. Washington Free Beacon quoted officials familiar with the report on January 30 as saying, “China and Russia will be capable of severely disrupting or destroying U.S. satellites in low-Earth orbit” by 2020.

China’s military facilities in South China Sea ‘almost ready’

Feb 6, 2018

  • China is nearly done building air and naval facilities on seven islands it claims in the South China Sea, recent surveillance photos obtained by a Philippine newspaper and published yesterday showed.

China conducts missile interception test


  • The ground-based midcourse defense system is mostly used to protect national territory from incoming long-range ballistic missiles during their midcourse phase of flight. The other two phases of flight are boosting and re-entry.Midcourse interception is often regarded as the most difficult in the three flight phases because the incoming missile usually reaches its maximum speed and height during its flight above the atmosphere.

Chinese military paper urges increase in nuclear deterrence capabilities

January 30, 2018

  • China must strengthen its nuclear deterrence and counter-strike capabilities to keep pace with the developing nuclear strategies of the United States and Russia, the official paper of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) said on Tuesday.

China Building a 3rd Type 901 Large Replenishment Oiler for PLAN

29 January 2018

  • The imagery shows the vessel already at an advanced stage of construction with most of the hull already assembled and the forward block ready to be connected to the rest of the hull. This is the third Type 901, a 240 meters long, 48,000 tons replenishment oiler design to support the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) future carrier strike groups (CSG).

Surveillance under the sea: how China is listening in near Guam

22 January, 2018

  • The cutting-edge acoustic sensors – some of which have a listening range of more than 1,000km – are being used for scientific research such as studying earthquakes, typhoons and whales, according to the Chinese government. But security experts say the sensors can also track the movement of submarines in the South China Sea and intercept underwater signals between the submarines and their command base.