China prepared the aircraft structure in May and flew it in July
Satellite images from the American company Planet Labs showed that an E-767 AWACS aircraft, a runway and a building-like shape were visible in the desert of Xinjiang in mid-May, Nikkei Asia reported. Whereas, in the second image taken on July 13, the destroyed object, debris and burn marks of the aircraft are visible at that place. Previous satellite images showed that the replica was present in its former shape until July 2. But, after that satellite image of that place could not be taken due to bad weather. When the picture of this place was taken after 11 days, only the debris was visible at the place of the aircraft.
Ballistic missile attack on aircraft structure
The control of this place is completely with the Chinese army. Objects the size of American warships have been found here before. Once upon a time, a replica of an American aircraft carrier was also seen here, on which missile strikes were practiced. Jeffrey Lewis, a professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey and military analyst on satellite images, said: “I think the E-767-sized structure was hit by a ballistic missile, because satellite images suggest that it was a ballistic missile.” The mark was made from a test of ballistic missiles.
China is increasing its military strength by doing such attacks
Tom Shugart, Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, also said the missile may have been used in the attack. He also said that if the purpose of China’s mock target was to test the missile warhead’s ability to detect and strike high-value aircraft, it has in fact been very successful. The deployment of such weapons can greatly improve the attack capability of the Chinese military. In such a situation, this capability of China can be very fatal not only for Japan but also for the surrounding countries. With such missiles, China can inflict serious injuries on its enemies even before the war.
Japanese former military officer doubts China’s ability
Not everyone agrees how this object, which looks like a Japanese ship, was destroyed. Kiyofumi Iwata, former chief of staff of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, said that we did not see any impact sign on the aircraft’s structure. Often when a missile strikes, a special pattern is formed to hit the target. But, looking at these pictures, it seems that instead of attacking it with a missile, it has been set on fire. Satellite images have shown that China used this structure for training. After the attack, the work of clearing the debris from this place has also been started.