For the first time, a satellite image of a desert in Xinjiang revealed an object resembling an aircraft of Japan’s self-defense forces, raising concerns that China’s military threats to invade Taiwan could also have consequences for Japan.
In a deserted area of Xinjiang, China has erected a structure that appears to be modeled after a Japanese Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) jet from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF), reported Asia Nikkei.
This comes after a structural model of a US aircraft carrier was discovered a few days ago, indicating that the Chinese military is testing weapons there.
The dummy aircraft is believed to be modeled after JASDF’s E-767 aircraft. Boeing manufactures the E-767 and the four aircraft located at Hamamatsu Air Base are the only ones in the world. The conquered area is believed to be a Chinese military-controlled special area.
EXCLUSIVE | CHINA’S AWACS MOCKUP REVEALED
China has what appears to be a mockup of an AWACS aircraft used by Japan in a remote desert, the Nikkei has learned after analyzing satellite images with experts. It could be used for target practice.https://t.co/i1zVSTw6cO
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The four Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft from JASDF are called “flying command posts.” These are critical because they help detect enemy military movements in the airspace away from conflict zones.
It appears that China is conducting these simulations to outline potential invasion plans on Taiwan. To that end, Beijing must limit the movements and capabilities of the United States and its allies, including Japan.
Kiyofumi Iwata, a former chief of staff of the Ground Self Defense Force, stressed the importance of this type of aircraft in such circumstances and said that if Tokyo lost the E-767s during a Taiwan emergency, Japan would lose its ability to monitor Nansei the islands.
The E-767 is difficult to hit in the air due to its excellent properties. However, it is considered to be the most vulnerable to attack when parked on the ground.
Yoji Koda, a former commander of Japan’s self-defense fleet, told the Asia Nikkei that the object was “probably built to control the failure of missile blasts” to simulate attacks on E-767s.
Iwata commented on the plane, which was seen on satellite images, “Both the Japanese and US governments are probably aware of it. China is deliberately showing it to us as a threat should anything happen.”
Matt Korda, senior researcher and project manager for the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists, an organization specializing in nuclear disarmament and disarmament, helped determine the exact location.
Paralyzing Japan’s soil bases?
Structures like this are nothing new to the Chinese military. EurAsian Times reported in November 2021 about the objects built as an American aircraft carrier and at least two Arleigh Burke-class destroyers in Xinjiang’s remote Taklamakan desert.
All of this is alleged to be part of China’s plan to annex Taiwan. Under President Xi Jinping, Beijing has made reunification with Taiwan a priority.
While this goal is based on peaceful reunification, China has repeatedly stated that it “will not renounce the use of force against outside interference or independence forces,” a statement that does not preclude military intervention.
Thomas Shugart, an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), told Asia Nikkei that “the PLA’s stated goal in war is to carry out ‘system destruction warfare’, where they focus on destroying the information nodes that supply their enemy’s military. with the information it needs to fight effectively. “
The E-767 represents a key information node for the JSDF – one that provides airborne early warning information to other aircraft. By destroying the E-767s on the ground at the start of a conflict, perhaps as part of preventive missile attacks on JSDF bases , the PLA’s goal would be to conquer air and information dominance by known PLA doctrine, “he added.
Type E-767 was spotted located at an airfield, suggesting that Japan’s ground bases could be targeted in the event of an invasion. In November 2021, the U.S. Naval Institute (USNI) discovered full-scale models of a U.S. aircraft carrier and destroyer in the area. Given that AWACS aircraft are so important in modern combat, they are tempting targets among SDF assets.
The SDF and US troops are striving to increase interoperability between forces and data exchange. Furthermore, on May 11, USNI discovered a port facility largely reminiscent of the Su’ao naval base in northeastern Taiwan in the same area. The station is expected to play a key role in blocking any Chinese invasion attempt from the sea.
Experts believe the mock-up indicates that PLA warships are firing missile attacks with their YJ-21 anti-ship missile at targets in both Guam’s naval base and Suao’s military port.