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Ten years' achievements in national defense science and technology and equipment and weaponry construction

(China Military Online)

09:43, November 04, 2012

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has made brilliant achievements in space technology, innovation and localization of weaponry and equipment, and military-civilian strategic cooperation in the past ten years.(Photo/ China Military Online)

Space and cyber technologies get increasingly improved

Shuttle flights between space and earth, extravehicular activities, rendezvous and docking, etc. have been carried out since the Shenzhou V spacecraft initiated China’s first manned space flight in 2003. A number of state-owned projects including “Shenzhou”, “Chang’e” and “Tiangong” have listed China among the world’s space powers.

China launched its 16th BeiDou navigation satellite at 23:33 of October 25, 2012, which meant that China had successfully launched 16 BeiDou satellites in the past eight years. The BeiDou navigation satellite system, which was independently developed with complete independent intellectual property rights, is the world’s fourth largest satellite navigation system following American GPS, Russian GLONASS (Global Orbital Navigation Satellite System) and European Galileo.

On November 17, 2010, the Tianhe-I was ranked as the world’s fastest supercomputer, with a peak performance of 4.700 petaflops and a sustained speed of 2.566 petaflops.

“China-created” accelerates transformation and development

China’s weaponry has been labeled with “China-created” in the past decade. According to the General Armaments Department (GAD) of the PLA, with the enhancement of China’s capability of independent innovation, a large number of high-tech equipment has been commissioned to the PLA and the PLA’s advanced weaponry and equipment with independent intellectual property rights has increased 15 times over that ten years ago.

China’s first aircraft carrier “Liaoning ship” was delivered to the PLA Navy on the eve of the National Day which falls on October 1, 2012. Since then, the PLA Navy has stepped into an aircraft-carrier era. Yang Yujun, spokesman of the Ministry of National Defense (MND) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), said that all the main systems and equipment of the “Liaoning ship” were independently manufactured and refitted by China.

In the past ten years, the PLA has given priority to the development of IT-based weaponry and equipment which are geared to the needs of integrated joint operations in the future and accelerated the research and development of lethal weapons.

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