Kind of different than a US Aircraft Carrier. It looks pretty generic in that photo.
You are exactly right. It is a not to scale generic carrier-shaped object for some training purpose.It could be for landing and take off procedures to train pilots Or deck crews. It could also be a missile range target. It’s not shaped like a Nimitz or Gerald Ford class carrier. It’s only about half the length of an escort carrier if 75 meters is accurate. It’s tiny in relative comparison to a modern naval vessel.
They have full sized targets too, not just carriers but cruiser/destroyers as well.Definitely not full scale.
Like at least the camo paint job!This was all over the news I read yesterday.
China's military has built mockups in the shape of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier and other U.S. warships, possibly as training targets, in the desert of Xinjiang, satellite images by Maxar showed on Sunday.www.reuters.com"In August 2020, single examples of the DF-21D and DF-26 reportedly struck a moving target vessel sailing near the Paracel Island chain, in the PLA’s first known demonstration of an actual long-range ASBM capability." (Note: I think these were long-range 1,000 and 1,800 mile tests).
China’s Giant Moving Warship Target In The Desert Shows How Seriously It’s Taking The Naval Arms RaceChina is expending considerable effort and resources to drastically increase the fidelity of its desert-based anti-ship weapons targets.www.thedrive.com
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I think this map summarizes their concept of maritime "anti-access/area-denial" strategy.
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Note re long-range Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile (ASBMs):
"Overall, whatever their delivery platform, ASBMs provide a powerful new variable in the maritime battlespace. Being able to maneuver dynamically during reentry and flying at hypersonic speeds and steep angles of descent, these types of missiles are immune to all but the highest-performance defensive weaponry, and even that is questionable. Providing the ASBMs work as advertised, in a time of crisis they could push U.S. carrier strike groups far enough from Chinese shores to make their strike fighters and cruise missiles useless. In this way, ASBMs are a cornerstone of China’s anti-access/area-denial maritime strategy."
My opinion? They are testing these types of advanced capabilities on realistic targets and loudly signaling to the US Navy that our aircraft carriers and other capital ships would be vulnerable anywhere around China - in the event hostilities take place over Taiwan, etc. This is going to make tensions worse, and certain assumptions re global US Naval capabilities will likely have to be re-visited based on their long-range, 'hypersonic' missile advancements. It's not good.