China Has Data Link, Networking Long before US F-35, AEGIS
Posted: September 17, 2016 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: 022 fast boat, China, data link, F-35, networked warfare, NIFC-CA, US
The pretty girl who designed the data link and networking functions in Type 022 fast boat she developed in 2002.
On September 17, I reblogged US media National Interest’s article “Game Changer: Combining Lockheed Martin’s F-35 and AEGIS Missile Defense” for readers’ information.
It is funny that the term “Game Changer” is used in the title of article as it gives the impression that the US is now changing the game of war, some readers have got the impression that such data link and networking is unique US invention and no other countries are capable of that.
It makes some readers of the article arrogant and criticized others for not understanding “the significance of networked warfare and the major impact it will have on conflict in Asia. Let just say that as this type of 21th century warfare comes online, China will overnight find its most advanced strategies obsolete. China remains a generation behind.”
US military is fond of showing but China is not; therefore, China has developed similar data link and networking long before the US but does not call it game changer as it knows well such technology is common and all other countries are making efforts to develop and obtain it.
Let me quote my post on the data link and networking in China’s Type 022 stealth fast boat on July 22, 2014 titled “Jane’s: China’s Type 022 Missile Boats Scare US military with Their Strength” based on Jane’s and Chinese media’s reports.
They (the fast boats) may leave the battle field after firing their missiles as due to the boat’s advanced data link, they can leave the missiles to the care of Chinese AEW&C aircraft or warships.
The boat’s multi-purpose radar can search and lock on targets both in the air and at sea, guide anti- ship and aircraft missiles. It has also optical-electronic and infrared tracking devices and laser distance measuring device. In addition, it can provide navigation guidance and short-range early warning for other boats that are maintaining radar silence.
The data link and networking are not inferior to US current ones between F-35 and Aegis destroyer, but the fast boat with such functions was successfully developed in 2002 by the young girl in the above photo. She invented the data link and networking 14 years ago but did not have the arrogance to call them game changer.
The National Interest article quotes US Lt. Col. Richard Rusnok as saying, “This test represents the start of our exploration into the interoperability of the F-35B with other naval assets.” The US has just started exploring while Chinese data link and networking are quite mature in 2002!
People can still be proud about US data link and networking. How funny!
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on National Interest’s article “Game Changer: Combining Lockheed Martin’s F-35 and AEGIS Missile Defense”, full text of which has been reblogged by him on September 17.