Guam – The Washington Times cites a Chinese technical journal in a report which says Beijing is planing “counter surveillance” against the Global Hawk drone that flies out of Guam’s Andersen Air Force base.
According to the Washington Times, the plans are revealed in a February 2013 Chinese language journal named “Aerospace Electronic Warfare,” which is published by the Institute 8511 of the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp., which, the paper says, is China’s main missile manufacturer.
The Washington Times also reports that the Guam based “Global Hawk” is flying reconnaissance missions along the mainland Chinese coastline. And, citing the technical journal, China has now developed “countermeasures for thwarting Global Hawk flights.”
The Washington Times also cites un-named DoD officials who say they are “worried” that the Global Hawk might become a casualty if China enforces its newly established air defense identification zone over the East China Sea.
The DoD officials told the paper that they believe one reason China implemented the new air defense zone was to stop U.S. military surveillance flights near China’s coasts.
China has demanded that all aircraft entering the zone file flight plans with Beijing. The U.S. has said it does not recognize the zone, which encroaches on Japan’s air zone over the disputed Senkaku Islands, known as the Diaoyu islands in China.