China builds more naval targets in remote desert to test ballistic missiles

China builds counterfeit targets in a remote desert to test long-range missiles. New satellite images show that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has set up a “large-scale target,” including a naval base, to hone its ship-killing skills in the Taklamakan Desert.

According to new satellite photos, the replicas were built along the eastern edge of the desert. Several of these are naval and two have layouts that appear to be modeled after ships in port, USNI News reported.

Satellite images had previously proven that China had built an elaborate replica of an American aircraft carrier. Although a site with full-size piers and a ship-like target the size of a destroyer was spotted eight miles southwest of the carrier layout in December, they are now gone. The report added that a test missile hit a dead center on the ship’s replica in February, after which the targets were quickly disassembled.

The new targets were reportedly discovered by All-Source Analysis, with more details revealed by high-resolution satellite imagery from Maxar Technologies as part of its carrier target investigation.

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