Recently, the U.S. has significantly increased its military presence in the Asia-Pacific region, moving a large number of high-tech weapons, including UAVs, the South China Morning Post from Hong Kong writes.
Such activity by Washington near China’s borders could be dangerous for Beijing. The U.S. may use drones to attack Chinese targets located in the Spratly archipelago in the South China Sea. Therefore, it is necessary to find out how China may respond to a possible massive attack of American drones.
According to the Chinese military expert Zhou Chenming from Beijing Military Science and Technology Institute, the most effective response of China to such an attack could be a retaliatory strike on the bases where they are located. He specified that it could lead to a rapid escalation of the conflict.
The Chinese military may determine the location of the UAV base after they shot it down and collected data from it.
– he explained.
In September 2020, the state of California (USA) hosted a provocative military exercise, which involved the MQ-9 Reaper drones. The Americans were practicing an attack on the island, with some personnel wearing PLA identification marks.
So far, China has only two versions of attack drones capable of withstanding the MQ-9. These are Wing Loong II and Caihong-5 (Rainbow-5).
– he noted.
He reminded that Wing Loong II UAVs have tracked down 16 Turkish Bayraktar TB2 drones in Libya.
But the endurance and payload of two Chinese drones make up only two-thirds of the American drones, due to weaker engines.
– he added.
The expert believes that since Wing Loong II costs half as much as the MQ-9, it is possible to send more of them within the “strategy of unmanned waves,” winning by numerical superiority.
In turn, naval expert Li Jie believes that another answer could be to use fighter jets. They fly faster and higher than drones.
But the main prerequisite is that you must first be able to detect American drones. That’s why China is developing various radars and air defense systems.
– summed up Li Tse.