BEIJING: China's Navy has launched a new electronic reconnaissance ship, state media said on Thursday, the latest addition to an expanding fleet and as Beijing's new assertiveness to territorial claims in the South China Sea fuels tensions.
The People's Liberation Army (PLA) now operates six electronic reconnaissance vessels, the official English-language China Daily newspaper said, noting that the PLA "has never made public so many details about its intelligence collection ships".
Last year, the PLA Navy commissioned 18 ships, including missile destroyers, corvettes and guided missile frigates, the paper said.
China has also said it is building a second aircraft carrier. China's only carrier is the second-hand, Soviet-built Liaoning, which this week unsettled neighbours with drills in the disputed South China Sea.
The new electronic reconnaissance ship, the CNS Kaiyangxing or Mizar, with hull code 856, was on Tuesday delivered to a combat support flotilla of the North Sea Fleet at the eastern port of Qingdao, the China Daily said.
"The Kaiyangxing is capable of conducting all-weather, round-the-clock reconnaissance on multiple and different targets," the newspaper said, citing Chinese defence media as comparing it to sophisticated vessels only produced by countries with advanced militaries, such as the United States and Russia.
Electronics is based on programming. Every programme can be hacked. India takes pride in its computer prowess. Why not start hacking enemy communication lines and makes their arsenal useless ?
Every country has National interests and China is no different!!!!!
Never trust the stinky communist chinkies. They are greedy two-faced liars
New Arms race on the open seas........ nothing but pure pollution of mother nature. Not enough buggering in air now they are going to change the blue water to real yellow not only by name.
Terracotta models or real sea faring ones ?
Just the talk of military build up from China on a daily basis - Stealth jets, nuclear tipped missiles, submarines, aircraft carriers, surveillance ships, satellite blow ups on and on...With military drills, naval exercises, brinkmanship at SCS...This has the exact pattern and signature that was noted on the run up to second world war and rise of the Third Reich...China has all the classic resemblance to rise of the Fourth Reich....Hope China gets completely decimated along with Pakistan and North Korea for the good of the humanity..