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Satellite shows China’s military use targets in shape of US warships

17:49, 08 November 2021
Satellite shows China’s military use targets in shape of US warships Photo: John L. Beeman/U.S. Navy/Wikimedia Commons

The images appear as tensions between the two countries grow over Taiwan.


The US Naval Institute has issued a report in which it revealed that China’s army erected full-scale targets of US warships including an aircraft carrier for its ballistic missile tests.

The USNI has shared photos of the targets in the Taklamakan desert taken from a satellite in October presuming that they were a part of a new target range complex designed for multiple uses over time. According to intelligence services, the spot has been used for similar tests in the past.

According to the report, models of at least two Arleigh Burke-class destroyers and an aircraft carrier were built on rails in Western China in 2019-2021. Original vessels are deployed by the US Seventh Fleet in the waters of the Western Pacific including those surrounding Taiwan.

The US military has 11 active aircraft carriers including ten located in domestic waters and one deployed in Japan’s Yokosuka.

The US Defense Department has not provided comments on the report yet while Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin stated that he did not know about the report.