PLA Navy, telecoms to install 4G+ on South China Sea islands

The Chinese navy and telecommunication corporations are cooperating to upgrade communications on some South China Sea islands and reefs, the official People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Daily reported Friday. The PLA Navy’s South China Sea Fleet has signed framework agreements to cooperate with the Hainan branches of China’s three largest telecom operators to upgrade communications on the Xisha and Nansha islands and reefs. Once completed in May, the project will bring 4G+ service to the islands and reefs. The area, including Sansha city, mostly relies on satellites for current communications, Chen…

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PLA Navy deploys ‘new type of electronic warfare aircraft’

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy’s South China Sea Fleet deployed a “new type of electronic warfare aircraft” in its recent combat maneuvers, a move to greatly enhance the navy’s capabilities in modern warfare to safeguard the country’s sea rights, said Chinese military experts. The new aircraft is the H-6G bomber developed for 10 years with the Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) pods being equipped underneath its wings. It was the first time the bomber played “a supporting role in the electronic warfare,” according to Military Time, a China Central Television CCTV…

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China’s Second Barracks Ship Appears in Dalian

China’s 2nd homegrown barracks ship has arrived in Dalian city of northeastern China’s Liaoning Province to meet with China’s 2nd aircraft carrier, according to recent reports. As a unique type of warship in the aircraft carrier vessels battle groups (CVBG) of the PLA Navy, the ship has very advanced living support facilities including plastic runway, basketball court, gym, arena, Internet cafe and supermarket. The ship is mainly used for accommodation for crew members, pilots, aviation crews and engineering and technical personnel during sea trial periods. It is a military quasi-luxury…

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Type 056 Wuhai Commissioned

The commissioning ceremony of the new corvette Wuhai of the PLA Navy was held at a naval port in Dalian, north China’s Liaoning province on Monday. Rear Admiral Lv Baoqiang, political commissar of a naval base under the PLA Northern Theater Command, conferred the ensigns of the PLA and the PLA Navy and the naming certificate on the corvette Wuhai at the ceremony. A grand flag-raising ceremony was later held on the corvette. The Type 056 corvette Wuhai, with good stealth performance and powerful surface attack and air defense capability,…

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China’s new landing ship useful in island dispute: expert

Another Type 071 landing ship from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy came into the limelight on Wednesday with military experts saying such ships could enhance military advantages in dealing with potential island disputes. With a maximum displacement of 29,000 tons, the 210-meter-long, 28-meter-wide Longhushan is the largest domestically designed amphibious warfare ship in China, news site thepaper.cn reported on Wednesday. Longhushan was named after a mountain in Yingtan, Jiangxi Province. The civil affairs bureau of the East China city released a notice on January 2 in an effort to…

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Speculation grows over China’s first homemade aircraft carrier

“China can make aircraft carriers of any type,” Hu Wenming, general director of construction of China’s first homemade aircraft carrier said in November, bringing the topic under the spotlight once again after the ship reportedly hit the water in April. Military enthusiasts were thrilled by Hu’s remarks, speculating that China may be building a nuclear-powered carrier equipped with an electromagnetic catapult system for launching fighter jets. The ship, which began construction in 2013, will be China’s first homemade carrier. The country’s first carrier, the Liaoning, was rebuilt from a Soviet…

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What are the differences between China’s two aircraft carriers?

China’s first domestically built aircraft carrier, the Type 001A, is expected to start blue-water trials soon, according to state media and mainland military websites. The 001A, which started preliminary trials in Dalian in the northeast of China in November after its launch on April 26, has a similar design to the country’s first carrier the Liaoning. That ship started life as the Varyag, an unfinished Admiral Kuznetsov class carrier that China bought in 1998 from Ukraine – which inherited the ship after the break-up of the Soviet Union – and…

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China’s aircraft carriers to get new propulsion system

Chinese engineers have developed a new propulsion system for the country’s second home-made aircraft carrier, which could equip the conventionally powered warship with the world’s most advanced jet launch system along with newer weapons, according to Chinese military experts. A research team led by the country’s top naval engineer, Ma Weiming, have developed a medium-voltage, direct-current transmission network to replace the older alternating current system for the country’s second domestically-built Type 002 carrier, which could provide more power for its electromagnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS), Hong Kong-based South China Morning…

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PLA Navy climbing to global ‘front rank’

Chinese military shipbuilding technology will leap to the front rank globally in the near future, a senior ship designer said on Tuesday. Ships, such as aircraft carriers, are “instruments of national significance”, said Wu Xiaoguang, chief designer of China’s first domestic aircraft carrier. The country has achieved great progress since 2012, he said. On April 26, China launched its first domestically developed aircraft carrier in Dalian, Liaoning province, according to the Ministry of National Defense. The new carrier, the largest and most sophisticated vessel China has ever built, is undergoing…

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PLA makes huge strides

China’s military has been developing rapidly in the past five years and is attracting global attention, which experts said is necessary to protect the country and its people. “The structure of the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) armament has been completed and rationalized in the past five years since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, meeting the requirements of a large country,” Li Jie, a naval military expert, told the Global Times on Sunday. The PLA has modernized, and has completed its systematization and informatization, Song Zhongping,…

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China warns U.S. warship to leave after it sails near Xisha Islands

Chinese warships have warned a U.S. Navy destroyer (USS Chafee) to leave after it sailed close to Xisha Islands in South China Sea during a so-called “freedom of navigation” operation, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday. The islands are an inherent part of the Chinese territory, said spokesperson for the ministry Hua Chunying, noting that Beijing has lodged solemn representations with the U.S. side over the incident. Beijing strongly urged Washington to respect China’s sovereignty and security interest, the spokesperson stressed, adding that the Chinese side will continue…

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China’s new Type 055 missile destroyer to upgrade reaction capability of weapons, improve country’s navy: expert

Media have reported that China’s new missile destroyer equips more than 100 Vertical Launching Systems (VLS), which experts said on Thursday could upgrade the rapid-reaction capability of weapons. A report published by CCTV on Tuesday showed that China’s new Type 055 guided-missile destroyer has had 112 VLS cells installed, surpassing the US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class destroyers in quantity. “The number of VLSs shows the combat and rapid-reaction capability of [China’s] warships,” military expert Song Zhongping told the Global Times on Thursday. “Since recharging a VLS is relatively difficult, the more…

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