An analysis by ISI experts based on very-high resolution satellite images reveals that the Chinese military continues to receive advanced weapons, including the H-6 and J-20 aircraft and the 055 warships.
A rare shot of the J-20 fighter jet
ISI reveals an imagery of the Chinese stealth plane J-20, in an operational deployment at the Chinese Air Force base in Cangzhou. This imagery appears to be one of the firsts and few satellite images of this aircraft in an operational deployment.
According to defenseworld, the PLAAF has started deploying a small batch of J-20s, which just entered service in 2017, at its key airbase in Cangzhou, in the northern province of Hebei. The base is also a PLA Flight Test Training Center according to sinodefenceforum.
“Cangzhou borders the Bohai Sea across Korea Bay as well as the west coast of the Korean Peninsula but is secure enough as it’s guarded by China’s Shandong and Liaodong peninsulas”, Written in the article.
The first finding is the H-6 bombers operating from the Jialaishi Air Force Base. At the end of last April, H-6 bombers participated in an exercise near the Strait of Taiwan. (Source: sohu.com). “Chinese authorities have revealed very little about the nature of the exercise,” according to the sentinel.tw. The H-6K is capable of launching CJ-20 land-attack cruise missiles.
thediplomat is writing about an experimental modified H-6K strategic bomber capable of being refueled while in the air carrying a new air-launched ballistic missile named CH-AS-X-13. “The CH-AS-X-13, meanwhile, is a two-stage, solid-fuel ballistic missile with a 3,000-kilometer range.”
The Second operational Type 055 destroyer
The second finding is the operational launch of a 055 warship at the Jiangnan Shipyard. “Photographs posted on Chinese online forums indicate that a second Type 055 destroyer on order for the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) was launched on 28 April at the Jiangnan Changxingdao shipyard in Shanghai”, according to janes.com. “the first Type 055 was launched with considerable media coverage in June 2017.”
The Type 055 destroyer is considered to be the most advanced of its kind in the Chinese navy. “When it comes to the Chinese Navy, the Type 055 is very roughly analogous to something between the American Ticonderoga class cruiser a Zumwalt class destroyer. in that, it has similar capabilities and size to the Ticonderoga class, but it also packs new technologies that will impact the future of Chinese surface combatant design like the Zumwalt class does”, thedrive is writing.
“The Type 055 could just as easily be classified as a cruiser than as a destroyer. It’s 590 feet long and displaces between 10,000 and 12,000 tons. That is 81 feet long and up to nearly 2,500 tons greater than America’s latest Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, making it closer in size to the US Navy’s Ticonderoga class cruisers than anything else.“
There is no doubt that the recent findings can point to a number of trends in relation to the Chinese defense industries. First, these are industries that can produce advanced military hardware on a western scale.
Second, these are military industries that know how to manufacture large platforms (aircraft, ships) at a rapid capacity. The number of platforms that reach the military for operational implementation in a relatively short period of time shows impressive supply chain management capabilities.
Third, such military hardware production capabilities emphasize the administration’s attention in Beijing to actual military buildup, as well as to the importance that the administration gives to weapons-production independence.
It can be estimated that building such capabilities in China’s military industries are aimed at two main objectives – the projection of power around areas of interest and military presence around the ‘One Belt, One Road’ Initiative.