The U.S. Navy claims that the p-8a patrol aircraft was laser irradiated by Chinese warships

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 The U.S. Navy claims that the p-8a patrol aircraft was laser irradiated by Chinese warships


On February 17, a U.S. Navy p-8a sea god patrol aircraft was illuminated by a laser from a destroyer, the PLA Navys side 161, over 380 miles of international waters west of Guam, a statement said. U.S. Navy aircraft routinely fly in the Philippine Sea for many years. The head of the US military told the media that the laser launched by the Chinese warship could not be seen by the naked eye and was found by the airborne sensor of the p-8a. Weapon class lasers have the potential to cause serious damage to air and sea personnel, as well as to ship and aircraft systems. CNN quoted sources as saying that the US side would send diplomatic protests to China in this regard.

This is not the first time the US military has accused China of laser irradiation of US military aircraft. In May 2018, U.S. officials announced that the U.S. military aircraft was irradiated by lasers from Chinese bases in Djibouti. In June 2019, major general Berg, the intelligence director of the U.S. African Command, told the media that the Chinese military base fired lasers from the ground to irradiate U.S. pilots. In response, the Chinese military has criticized the accusations made by the United States against China, saying that they are groundless and purely fabricated.

Zhang junshe, a researcher at the Naval Research Institute, told the global times on Tuesday that the main purpose of the continuous noise made by the United States is to create a Chinese threat theory and hinder the normal and proper maritime training of the Chinese navy. He said that Chinas navy ships always strictly abide by international law and relevant regulations when sailing at sea. On the contrary, in recent years, U.S. reconnaissance aircraft have been flying in low altitude near warships of Russia and other countries, interfering with the normal activities of warships. In addition, Russia also accused the U.S. reconnaissance aircraft of often deliberately shutting down the radar transponder, flying at the height and on the route of civil aviation airliners, posing a threat to other countries.

Some insiders raised three questions about the information released by the US military on the 28th: why didnt the US military release the distance between the p-8a and the 161 at that time? What was the 161 doing? What is the U.S. p-8a doing? Reporters of the Global Times asked the 7th Fleet of the United States about relevant issues, but they didnt get a reply before the release.

A person with rich experience in maritime military affairs told the global times that it is in line with international law and beyond reproach that Chinese ships conduct normal maritime training and use various equipment and equipment in international waters. When a ship is sailing and training at sea, its course, speed and position are planned and fixed, while the U.S. military aircraft are high-speed air vehicles; in this case, the action and position of the ship at sea are passive, and the U.S. military aircraft are active in the air. In addition, the operating distance of laser equipment of warship is limited. Even if the US military aircraft is irradiated, the only proof is that the US military aircraft conducts close reconnaissance on the Chinese warship, and the close distance interferes with the normal navigation and training of the Chinese warship formation.

It is worth noting that while the U.S. military hyped the news, the military committee of the U.S. Congress is launching a series of hearings on the new annual budget of various U.S. services. At a hearing on the Navys budget on the same day, many people questioned the Pentagons plan to cut its weapons program, VOA reported Tuesday. According to the chairman of the Military Commission, Smith, the budget plan of the Ministry of defense runs counter to the competitive national defense strategy of the major countries claimed to be implemented. Now China is catching up with us, said Admiral Gil Dai, the U.S. chief of naval operations

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