Liaoning Aircraft Carrier Being Revamped to Get New Command Center


The aircraft carrier is getting a new “island” command centre.
Photo: Weibo

In its report “China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier gets brand new command centre”, SCMP carries the above photo showing China’s aircraft carrier the Liaoning being revamped to get a brand new command center.

Its radar has been removed in order to be replaced by a more advanced one. Its new island will be narrower and flatter to enable the carrier to have bigger space of operation of aircrafts and reduce radar reflection

The island will be similar to the new carrier China is building to have larger windows to enable commander to have a better view to direct the operation of aircrafts.

According to Chinese military expert Li Jie, the smaller island will not affect the command of China’s aircraft carrier battle group as China’s new Type 055 destroyer with more advanced telecommunications and electronics system, and better maneuverability instead of the carrier will serve as the flagship of the group.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on SCMP’s report, full text of which can be viewed at https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2161582/chinas-liaoning-aircraft-carrier-gets-brand-new-command.


Trump Bribes US Farmers to Keep Them Voting for Him


US farmers are the first to suffer from Trump’s trade war with China. As their votes helped Trump win the presidential election and become US president, SCMP says in its report “US government to pay US$4.7 billion directly to farmers in tariff aid” today that Trump is to pay cash to US farmers to ease the pains they suffer from China’s retaliation of tariff hikes.

The first round of payments of $4.7 billion are to be paid to soybean, sorghum, corn, cotton and hog farmers.

The report says, “A second round of payments may be evaluated depending on need” according to US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. As China can produce soybean, sorghum and corn on the 2.5 million acres provided by Russia, US farmers will lose Chinese soybean, sorghum and corn market forever. With alternative source of pork from other countries, China can stop import of pork from the US. China has now found alternative source of cotton from India and has plan to produce high-quality cotton in Xinjiang within a few years. As a result, the trade war will cause US farmers to permanently lose China’s vast market.

Can Trump bribe US farmers forever?

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on SCMP’s report, full text of which can be viewed at https://www.scmp.com/news/china/economy/article/2161590/us-government-pay-us47-billion-directly-farmers-tariff-aid.


China Masters Infrared Thermal Imaging Technology, Exports to Russia


Mil.huanqiu.com says in its report “The US blocks Russia’s essential supply, China provides timely help: This equipment is too important for Russia” that Russia is used to import infrared thermal imaging equipment but US sanction makes it impossible to import the equipment from the West, which has a monopoly over the technology.

Now China has made a breakthrough in the technology to be able to make equipment of that important technology equal to Western ones. It now is providing Russia with such equipment indispensable for Russia.

Source: mil.huanqiu.com “The US blocks Russia’s essential supply, China provides timely help: This equipment is too important for Russia” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)


The drones that have become part of China’s military strategy


PUBLISHED : Sunday, 26 August, 2018, 5:02am

UPDATED : Sunday, 26 August, 2018, 5:01am

Kristin Huang

kristin.huang@scmp.com

China in race for counter-drone tech and laser weapons as it tries to catch up with US

ARMY

ASN series

The PLA ground force has a number of UAVs that are primarily smaller, more tactical models and are often used for battlefield reconnaissance and targeting artillery fire to improve precision strikes. A significant proportion of these are part of a series produced by the Xian Aisheng Technology Group. The fixed-wing drones have a conventional design with a mid-wing configuration and are used to support the artillery.

NAVY

BZK-005 or Changying

The navy generally uses smaller, tactical drones but it also has a limited number of sophisticated reconnaissance UAVs, notably this medium-altitude, long-endurance model. Roughly comparable to the US Global Hawk, it has a maximum range of 2,400km and a maximum endurance of 40 hours. It has been operating in the vicinity of the East China Sea since at least 2013 and there were also reports in 2016 that it had been deployed to Woody Island in the South China Sea – both disputed territories.

ASN-209 or Silver Eagle

This medium-altitude, medium-endurance drone has been in use by the navy since at least 2011 for long-distance communications support and electromagnetic confrontation. With a range of 200km and a maximum duration of 10 hours, it could be used to support satellite communications if they were knocked out by the enemy, or for guidance in targeting missiles during combat.

 

AIR FORCE

GJ-1 or Gongji

A medium-altitude, long-endurance UAV, the Gongji – which means “attack” in Chinese – is a land attack version of the Pterodactyl. It has a range of 4,000km and a maximum endurance of 20 hours. Similar to the US Predator, this drone can carry at least 10 types of precision weapons, including air-to-ground missiles, precision-guided rockets and precision-guided bombs. It has an optical turret, infrared and photoelectric sensors, and laser target pointers, and can guide the targeting of anti-tank missiles as well as provide targeting instructions for other aircraft or ground weapons. It is known for its integrated reconnaissance and strike capabilities, but can also be used for electronic warfare, to guide targeting, or as an anti-radiation missile.

 

WZ-9 or Soaring Dragon

The air force has been using the Soaring Dragon at several locations since last year. This high-altitude, long-endurance drone has a range of 7,000km and a maximum endurance of 10 hours. Three were spotted in the Western Theatre Command, at the Shigatse airfield in Tibet, in August 2017 – around the time of the border stand-off between China and India at Doklam plateau in the Himalayas. The UAV has also been deployed at the Northern Theatre Command near the North Korean border, at the Yishuntun airbase in Jilin province. These highly strategic locations could indicate the value of the drone for reconnaissance and intelligence operations.

 

EA-03

This high-altitude, long-endurance drone has a range of 7,000km and a maximum endurance of 36 hours, and advanced command communications and electronic interference systems. One report suggested its GPS interference pods could be used on devices up to 400km away. It could potentially be used for electronic warfare and long-range reconnaissance, including tracking and monitoring US aircraft carriers.

 

ROCKET FORCE

JWP-02

With improved capabilities in tactical intelligence and reconnaissance, this UAV was delivered to China’s artillery forces around 2013. It can also be used for artillery firing correction and damage assessment, as well as supporting long-range precision firepower capabilities.

ASN series

Like the army, the rocket force mainly uses drones from the ASN series – largely for battlefield surveillance and reconnaissance, target positioning and damage assessment. These drones developed by Xian Aisheng can help determine coordinates or correct targeting for artillery, rocket launchers and missiles at the tactical and operational levels.

Source: SCMP “The drones that have become part of China’s military strategy”

Note: This is SCMP’s article I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the article’s views.


Largest China-Made Amphibious Aircraft Completes Trial Flight


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Asia & Pacific
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BEIJING (Sputnik) – World’s largest China-made amphibious aircraft, the AG600, has completed a trial flight from the city of Zhuhai in southern Guangdong province to Jingmen city in central province of Hubei and is ready to start tests on the water, the plane’s manufacturer, the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), said on Monday.
The aircraft flew over three Chinese provinces – Guangdong, Hunan and Hubei, the company said, without specifying the start date of tests on water.
The plane has already passed a series of tests since its maiden flight in December.
The aircraft is the largest of its kind not only in China, but also in the world. It is designed to extinguish fires and carry out rescue operations on the water. In addition, AG600 can use additional equipment for monitoring the marine environment, passenger and freight traffic, as well as exploration of mineral deposits.
The aircraft is equipped with four turboprop engines and is able to receive on board 12 tonnes of water in 20 seconds. According to its developer, the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), AG600 has 130-feet-long fuselage, 127-feet wingspan, maximum flight range of 2,800 miles and maximum take-off weight of 53.5 tonnes.
Source: Sputnik “Largest China-Made Amphibious Aircraft Completes Trial Flight”
Note: This is Sputnik’s report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views.


China Developing Electromagnetic Rocket Artilleray


SCMP says in its report “China ‘developing electromagnetic rocket with greater fire range’ that China is developing electromagnetic rocket artillery with higher velocity and better stability.

Rocket artillery is not so accurate than missiles but it is much cheaper and can cause damages in much larger area in conventional war.

Due to thin air at high plateau in Tibet, it is difficult for the fins of the rocket in adjusting its trajectory. Electromagnetic technology makes the rocket more stable and thus improves its accuracy. In addition, it greatly increases the range of rocket artillery; therefore if deployed in Tibet, its long range may hit deep into enemy territory.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on SCMP’s report, full text of which can be viewed at https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2161338/china-developing-electromagnetic-rocket-greater-fire.


China Developing Superconducting Supercomputer with Huge Funds


SCMP says in its report “Can China build a US$145 million superconducting computer that will change the world?” yesterday that China is investing one billion yuan in building low-energy top-performance superconducting computing systems.

Supercomputers consume huge electricity. It is estimated that conventional supercomputers will need more electricity than the world can generate by 2040.

Superconducting computers reduces the consumption of electricity to one-fortieth and even one-thousandth.

According to the report, China has already made a number of technology breakthroughs and developed new superconducting integrated circuits in labs and tested industrial processes for mass production of the circuits at relatively low costs.

In November last year, the Chinese Academy of Sciences has set the aim to build a prototype of superconducting supercomputer by 2022 with a budget as much as one bullion yuan.

If successful such superconducting computers will enable Chinese military “to accelerate research and development of new thermonuclear weapons, stealth jets and next-generation submarines with central processing units running at the frequency of 770 gigahertz or higher. By contrast, the existing fastest commercial processor runs at just 5Ghz.”

They will also be able to process big data needed for artificial intelligence applications.

The US has also been developing such technology but with much less funds.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on SCMP’s report, full text of which can be viewed at https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2161390/can-china-build-us145-million-superconducting-computer-will.