The Be­gin­ning

SP's NavalForces - - LEAD STORY -

de­sign­ing process of China's lat­est ships seems to have be­gun in the late 1980s. the work has picked up with in­puts from mil­i­tary oper­a­tions against iraq dur­ing Op­er­a­tion desert storm in 1991 and as well as de­ploy­ment of two us air­craft car­rier strike groups near tai­wan in re­sponse to Chi­nese mis­sile tests and naval ex­er­cises in the re­gion. China's naval mod­erni­sa­tion pro­gramme is broad-based to in­clude an­ti­ship bal­lis­tic mis­siles (ASBMs), anti-ship cruise mis­siles (ASCMs), land-at­tack cruise mis­siles (LACMs), sur­face-to-air mis­siles (SAMs), mines, manned air­craft, un­manned air­craft, sub­marines, air­craft car­ri­ers, de­stroy­ers, frigates, corvettes, pa­trol craft, am­phibi­ous ships, mine coun­ter­mea­sures (MCM) ships, un­der­way re­plen­ish­ment ships, hos­pi­tal ships, and sup­port­ing C4ISR sys­tems. some of th­ese ac­qui­si­tion pro­grammes are dis­cussed in de­tail be­low. China's naval mod­erni­sa­tion ef­fort also in­cludes im­prove­ments in main­te­nance and lo­gis­tics, doc­trine, qual­ity of per­son­nel, ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing, and ex­er­cises. it also ap­pears that the mod­erni­sa­tion pro­gramme is fo­cused on qual­ity than quan­tity. US Of­fice of Naval In­tel­li­gence (ONI) states that China's force mod­erni­sa­tion has con­cen­trated on im­prov­ing the qual­ity of its force rather than its size. Quan­ti­ties of ma­jor com­bat­ants have stayed rel­a­tively con­stant, but their com­bat ca­pa­bil­ity has greatly in­creased as older com­bat­ants are re­placed by larger, multi-mis­sion ships.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.