Listen Live
    Anti-surface gunnery is fired from China's Navy missile frigate Yulin during the Exercise Maritime Cooperation 2015 by Singapore and Chinese navies in the South China Sea, May 24, 2015

    Chinese Navy Tests Interceptors After US B-52 Flyover

    © AP Photo / Bao Xuelin
    Military & Intelligence
    Get short URL
    5430

    The Chinese navy recently tested its surface warfare fighting ability in the East China Sea.

    Ten corvettes were randomly selected from the People's Liberation Army-Navy to test their ability to thwart anti-ship missiles, according to PLA Daily, a Chinese newspaper. The drills were held to prepare for potential Japanese or US belligerents.

    Last week, US B-52 bombers buzzed over the East China Sea.

    US Air Force B-52 bomber
    © AFP 2019 / Paul CROCK

    "If the first round of interception failed, the vessels [carrying these interceptors] must adjust [their] position in no time so as to launch another bid," the PLA Daily said over the weekend. The frigate Meizhou of the PLA Navy's South China Sea fleet reportedly performed well during the tests.

    "Intercepting anti-ship missiles is an urgent task as the surrounding threats grow," Song Zhongping, a military expert, told the Global Times Sunday. "Anti-missile capability is indispensable to building a fully functional strategic PLA Navy. Such exercises are aimed at ensuring the PLA is prepared for battles."

    The Australian Navy recently inked a $26 billion contract with Bae Systems to produce nine frigates, which analysts saw as a response to China's burgeoning fleet, Breaking Defense reported June 28.

    Related:

    Russia, China to Hold Drills Practicing Response to Ballistic Missile Strikes
    China Showcases New ‘Guam Killer’ Missile Brigade
    US THAAD Missile Defense Systems in S Korea Target Russia, China - Moscow
    Hide-And-Seek: Chinese Missile Launchers Reportedly Reappear in S China Sea
    Tags:
    B-52, PLA Navy, PLA, East China Sea, China
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik