China blew up the world’s largest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, with the help of hypersonic missiles in a menacing simulation — which researchers from China say proves that the US Navy warship could entirely be destroyed with certainty.
Making use of a war game simulation system, the Chinese military forces could sink the carrier fleet with 24 unique hypersonic anti-ship missiles throughout 20 intense battles, per the New York Post reports.
The results of simulations went public in a May paper published by the Chinese-language Journal of Test and Management Technology, per the South China Morning Post.
In this scenario, the US vessels are attacked after continuously approaching the island that China has claimed in the much-disputed South China Sea despite consistent warnings.
The researchers said that some of the missiles in the three-wave attack had been fired from as far away as the Gobi Desert in northern China and southern Mongolia— and that almost each US surface vessel was shattered due to the attack and sank in the simulation eventually.
Researchers say that it proves that the USS Gerald R. Ford Carrier fleet, considered unsinkable by any conventional weapon, could be destroyed by a comparatively small number of hypersonic strikes.
Yet, the researchers have warned the public and the leaders to approach simulations with a lot of caution as real-world performances of the missiles could differ from what was initially predicted.
The report, however, couldn’t be verified independently, and analysts have also questioned the motivation for release.
Anyone who chooses to discuss publicly the outcome of a war game or simulation has a political objective, particularly if they frame the outcome as a win or a loss, a former senior US defence official, Drew Thompson, informed the Telegraph.
He explained that Effective war games test a function, an assumption, or a variable to inform the game’s sponsor about the interaction of elements.
He added that war games aren’t about losing or winning. They are more about learning.
The study was released not long after confidential documents were reportedly leaked online to reveal how China deployed a hypersonic missile of intermediate range that can hit targets that are thousands of miles apart — and comes with a “high probability” of penetrating US defences.
The assessment of the strengthened strike capabilities of the People’s Liberation Army of Beijing is in one of a slew of highly confidential Pentagon papers that have been uploaded to online message boards since late 2022; federal investigators declared last month.
Some documents have further revealed to the US intelligence the power of Russia’s military, indicated strategies for Ukraine’s spring counterattack, and detailed intelligence captured regarding the US allies.
References: Firstpost, New York Post
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