PLA targets Vietnam in S China Sea exercise, US in E China Sea

The People’s Liberation Army Navy last week held large-scale military exercises in the East China and South China seas, according to Sina’s military news web portal.

The targets of the two military exercises were not announced in the PLA press release. Military affairs websites have suggested that the South China Sea exercise is likely aimed at territory within what China calls the “first island chain” — the term the Chinese military uses to refer to the string of archipelagos extending from the Kuril islands south through Japan and its Ryukyu islands, Taiwan and the Philippines — likely in preparation for a potential scenario in which a US aircraft carrier war fleet break through the first island chain. Although this is a reasonable assumption, in a real combat scenario, relying on anti-ship missiles, conventional submarine-launched missiles and air-launched cruise missiles with a range of just 300 kilometers to take on a carrier fleet means that all the warships, planes and submarines would have to penetrate the carrier fleet’s outer defenses and approach its inner defenses to fire their payload. This kind of scenario is hard to imagine playing out in reality, given the naval power of the US. Continue reading

PLA Navy carries out exercise in the Western Pacific

The Changchun, a Type 052C destroyer, the Changzhou, a Type 054A frigate, and the Chaohu, a Type replenishment ship from the East Sea Fleet of the People’s Liberation Army Navy, successfully carried out an exercise in an unknown region of the Western Pacific on July 19, according to China Military Online operated by the PLA. Continue reading

PLA wants dominance in Western Pacific: US experts

China is increasing the frequency of its naval exercises with the aim of contesting the Second Island Chain in the Pacific — a series of island groups that runs north to south from the Japanese archipelago to the Bonin and Marshall islands — and taking control of the Taiwan Strait, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Want Daily.

Just two months after the largest naval exercise in the country’s history, the People’s Liberation Army Navy has again deployed vessels to the West Pacific for more sea drills. Continue reading

PLA’s new Type 1130 CIWS can intercept Mach 4 missiles

Russian media has reported that China’s latest indigenous Type 1130 close-in weapon system can fire 10,000 rounds per minute and destroy 90% of hypersonic missiles traveling at a speed four times the speed of sound, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Want Daily.

The system, which is the third-generation of the close-in weapon system developed by China, was recently spotted being installed on a PLA Type 054A frigate. Continue reading