A 1:2 scale model similar to an American aircraft carrier was discovered in the desert of Xinjiang, apparently to test the target radar reflectivity.
The US media on 9/11 published a commercial satellite image taken on November 2 by Maxar, showing a model similar to the US aircraft carrier in the Taklamakan desert of Xinjiang Autonomous Region. This area is located nearly 500 km from the location where Maxar on November 1 discovered a series of targets simulating the US Gerald R. Ford class battleship in Nhuoc Khuong district.
The two fields have many similarities, in that the aircraft carrier models are aligned in one direction on the map as if moving in formation. Construction of the second aircraft carrier model began around the end of June and was basically completed by the end of October.
The model at the second range is only 173 m long, half the size of the US Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, but has a clear conning tower structure, instead of the real size but completely flat as the target detected before. It was in Nhuoc Khuong.
Around the target there are many straight piles, which can be fitted with measuring devices or reflectors to simulate the radar exposure of US aircraft carriers. This feature makes the second aircraft carrier model visible on satellite images using synthetic aperture radar.
This is not the first time China has set up an aircraft carrier simulation target in the desert. China in 2003 built a concrete aircraft carrier target at the Shuangchengzi missile test site, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. This target has been hit many times and is regularly repaired.
Experts say that the target model set up in the deserts of Inner Mongolia and Xinjiang ensures that anti-ship missiles only fly within China’s territory, allowing China to control the entire airspace around the target, preventing it The enemy collects data and fragments from the projectiles.
The Chinese military is deploying a number of anti-ship ballistic missile programs to deal with US aircraft carrier battle groups, of which the DF-21D and DF-26 models are led, respectively, with ranges of more than 1,400 km and 3,700 km, capable of hitting moving targets.
China’s H-6 bomber can carry a DF-26 variant large enough to mount a hypersonic warhead. The Pentagon believes that Beijing can equip anti-ship ballistic missiles for the Type-055, the world’s largest destroyer with a displacement of 13,000 tons.
Vu Anh (Follow USNI)