China to Dominate the Oceans with Its Float Artificial islands


Modules of China's planned super large float artificial island

Modules of China’s planned super large float artificial island

Airport on the float artificial island

Airport module for the float artificial island

Wave power plant module for the float artificial island

Wave power plant module for the float artificial island

Wind farme module for the float artificial island

Wind farme module for the float artificial island

Float nuclear power plant for the float artificial island

Float nuclear power plant for the float artificial island

Large engineering ship for the float artificial island

Large engineering ship for the float artificial island

Chinanews.com says in its article “US military planned to build float artificial islands: one island plus two aircraft carriers has the combat capabilities of 5 aircraft carriers” that as far back as in the 1990s, US military planned to build float artificial islands and believed that one float artificial island plus two aircraft carriers has the combat capabilities of five aircraft carriers.

According to US military’s calculation, a 1,500 x 1,500 meters float artificial island costs US$5 to 10 billions, less than a nuclear aircraft carrier.

With 300 to 400 warplanes on an artificial island and most importantly the AEW&C aircrafts based on the island, China needs only two conventional aircraft carriers for the island to control a vast area of ocean with a radius of at least 2,500 km (J-20’s range of 2,000+ km plus J-15’s 500 km). If China uses J-11B as carrier-based fighter jets with range exceeding 1,000 km, the area a float artificial island controls will be even larger.

Moreover, China’s conventional submarines based at the island can play the role of nuclear ones to help the island and aircraft carriers control the vast area of ocean.

According to such calculation, two battle groups of one float artificial island each deployed with two conventional aircraft carrier battle fleets and one dozen conventional submarines can control the Pacific Ocean with the first one stationed 4,000 km away from China as China’s land based air force and conventional submarines can control the ocean 2,000 km away from it.

The second one 9,000 km away from China can send strategic bombers or nuclear submarines to attack US homeland with long-range cruise missiles from the Pacific Ocean.

Obviously, that is an affordable way for China to have the capabilities to not only defend its trade lifelines but also conduct conventional second strike to prevent the US from attacking Chinese homeland with conventional weapons.

China also needs two such battle groups to control the Indian Oceans but not so urgently as China will build sufficient land connections to the Middle East, Europe and Asia through its Silk Road economic belt and 21st century maritime Silk Road initiative.

In my post “Photos of Modules of Artificial Island China Plans to Build in Oceans” on July 28, 2015, I described and posted the above pictures of China’s design of float artificial island based on war.163.com’s report titled “Exhibition of achievements in defense science, technology and industries: Bare the secrets of China’s confidential science and technology for the future”. I said in the post:

Such an island will be built by connecting pre-fabricated modules. Its major platform will be 2,400 meters by 3,200 meters to contain a dock, floating shipyard, parking aprons and runway and a huge wind power plant to ensure its power supply.

In peace time, the island is to be used for ship maintenance, fishery, fish farming, tourism, etc. and generates much cash income to cover the costs for the maintenance and operation of the island.

As the island is large enough for deployment of lots of advanced aircrafts, missiles and artillery, most advanced radar, etc. in war time, it is able to defeat a dozen of aircraft carrier battle groups.

I mentioned above that US military believe one float artificial island plus two carriers equals five carriers, but the island planned by the US is small only 1,500 km x 1,500 km. China’s is much larger and may be as powerful as a dozen aircraft carrier battle groups.

Source: war.163.com “Exhibition of achievements in defense science, technology and industries: Bare the secrets of China’s confidential science and technology for the future” and chinanews.com “US military planned to build float artificial islands: one island plus two aircraft carriers has the combat capabilities of 5 aircraft carriers” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)

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6 Comments on “China to Dominate the Oceans with Its Float Artificial islands”

  1. Steve says:

    Actually, this float artificial island design is so feasible, it can be used as a strategic submarine base with underneath surface tunnels built under the platform. Satellite imagery only shows the artificial islands, but in the tunnels and exposed landing decks may harbour over two dozen submarines.

    China’s military strategist may even spread out several artificial islands with one aircraft carrier plus one smaller island. It can be seen that this amazing island scenario will create jealousy among the US and Japan. This may be the focal point of Japan stirring up trouble in the SCS with the US because China has a mega plan for the ECS and SCS and beyond. We can see now that China need to support the SCS as its backyard playground for its military, coastguard, marine exploitation and exploration, voyages including tourism and imagine Drones taking off and landing.

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  2. Fre Okin says:

    For Scarborough Shoal/Huangyang island, China should build a Mobile Floating Platform anchored to the rocks there. This way China can claim Freedom Of Navigation without giving excuse to her enemies she damage the ecosystem there. There is nothing US can do since China is merely practising Freedom of Navigation.

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  3. Fre Okin says:

    China will most likely build Mobile Floating Platforms somewhere near Paracels, Hainan Island to Control the South China Sea. This is like a Permanent Aircraft Carrier to monitor US submarines and aircraft carriers sniffing nearby. This Forward Deploy will also be very useful to give Advance Warning and Protection for Hainan island navy base. US Tomahawks fired from Ohios and Virginia subs will be taken out en route to Hainan Island. Location probably about 200 NM away from Hainan, 100 miles from Paracels, so right in middle of busy shipping lane. This location give Chinese military about Five Minutes of additional protection.

    By constructing one so near to China, the cost of construction will be cheaper and replenishment of supplies and military backup is only a short distance away, so very very useful Combo with Hainan Island to Control the Paracel area Chokepoint to counter US, Indian, Japanese control of the Malacca Strait, Indian Ocean and Miyako Strait chokepoints.

    The other possibility is one near Scarborough Shoal/Huangyan Island to monitor F22, F35 stealth jets and also to jam US radars.

    To further keep US subs away, another floating island will be stationed near James Shoal, the southern end of the South China Sea and also one on the East side of Philippines perhaps, east of Luzon island where US subs may try to attack Hainan from.

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    • Steve says:

      U definitely have military blood veins in your body. Sounds good. U should consider setting up
      a strategic layout and send it to China’s PLAN.

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      • Fre Okin says:

        What I imagined can easily be done by military people. I just ‘read their mind’ and bring it into public view, so I am not writing anything out of the ordinary.

        Further for starters, China should rely on AWS helicopters, drones, UUV and UAV’s to put fear into US, Japan and Vietnamese subs, planes and ships. Dozens of moderate cost Haiyan UUV’s in particular and the new Chinese drone ship like US ACTUS can be home ported to this mobile platform.

        Plus China can have a teethered version of the Yuanmeng aerostat that was tested late last year. This aerostat can cover about 500 NM up to curvature of earth, so very good in detecting US missiles and F22, F35 stealth jets heat signature From Above. A few of these packages with minimal human presence will enable China to cover strategic locations where US subs are expected to hide and stealth jets expected route.

        Haiyan UUV’s could creep up close to Cam Ranh Bay, Oyster Bay, Subic Bay to monitor US and Vietnamese subs. Probably unlikely but if possible, DF15 bunker buster bomb on the mobile platform to really scare US, PH and VN. This operate somewhat like the submarine launched missile, the mobile platform probably larger and more stable to make it feasible.

        These mobile platforms can also be used as Forward Mini Bases to defend the newly created artificial islands. Let these platforms practise Freedom Of Navigation floating near PH and VN, near US bases. 100-200 NM distance away buy precious time to defend the islands. They also serve to track US jets, ships and subs practising FON near Chinese artificial islands.

        Finally Hainan UUV’s will also be necessary in vast numbers to hunt US equivalent UUV’s and littoral ships that lurk close to Chinese ships and coastlines.

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        • Steve says:

          Appreciate your reply…..China has made numerous discoveries and creations. I suppose its a matter of packaging and testing the effectiveness.

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