Chinese news outlet Global Times has reported that Chinese military experts and commentators have suggested the use of electromagnetic weapons against United States Navy warships allegedly “intruding” Chinese territory in South China Sea.
Earlier this week, warships from US Navy Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group and from the America Expeditionary Strike Group transited the South China Sea in formation.
“Operating as an Expeditionary Strike Force, the Navy-Marine Corps team integrates the combat power of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group with the flexible capability of the America Expeditionary Strike Group and 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit to provide the fleet commander with a capable, credible combat force that can be deployed anywhere in the world,” the US Navy said.
Chinese military expert and commentator Song Zhongping, in report by Global Times, said that the Chinese military has the option of using new approaches, including the deployment of electromagnetic weapons to counter US’ alleged repeated trespasses into Chinese territorial waters.
Song said firing at US warships is not a good choice unless the US fires first, and that would result in the start of a China-US military conflict.
He also noted that bumping into US ships might also not be a good counter, as lessons have been learned from the Black Sea bumping incident between the Soviet Union and US in 1988.
Song said the use of electromagnetic weapons, including low-energy laser devices, could be viable, as they can temporarily paralyze US ships’ weapon and control systems without visible conflict but can send a strong warning.
According to Global Times, military observers believe electromagnetic weapons can emit electromagnetic waves that can potentially jam electronic devices of target vessels and will not cause casualties.