World - - Jan 13,2017
According to the Chinese state media, China has launched a new electrical intelligence-gathering ship, designed to increase the military’s surveillance abilities.
This is the latest addition to an increasing fleet and during a time when Beijing’s new decisiveness to territorial claims in the South China Sea fuels tensions.
Chinese armed force, People’s Liberation Army (PLA), now operates six electronic reconnaissance ships, according to an English-language newspaper, China Daily; in the past, the PLA has never publically revealed so many information about its intelligence collection vessels.
The Chinese paper said that last year armed force PLA Navy commissioned 18 ships, including corvettes, missile destroyers and guided missile frigates.
China has also stated that it is constructing a second aircraft carrier. At present, the country’s only carrier is the second-hand, Soviet-built Liaoning, which this week unsettled neighbors with drills in the disputed South China Sea.
China Daily further added that the new electronic reconnaissance vessel, the CNS Kaiyangxing or Mizar, with hull code 856, was delivered on Tuesday to a combat support flotilla of the North Sea Fleet at the eastern port of Qingdao.
The CNS Kaiyangxing is capable of conducting all-weather, round-the-clock reconnaissance on multiple and different targets. The ship is so sophisticated that only a few nations, such as the United States, Russia, are proficient in developing this ship.
As per the details released, the PLA Navy presently operates a total of six electronic reconnaissance ships - Beijixing (Polaris), Haiwangxing (Neptune), Kaiyangxing (Mizar), Tianwangxing (Uranus), Tianlangxing (Sirius) and another whose name has not been publicized and is only recognized by its hull code of 855. The recently released report also provided specific information about the vessel’s capabilities and functions.
China rules almost of the South China Sea, supposed to have vast deposits of oil and gas, through which approximately $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year.