(GoRealNewsNow.com) – In a war game simulation, Communist China’s military “sank” the USS Gerald R. Ford with hypersonic missiles, claiming the result proves the warship could be “destroyed with certainty.”
The USS Gerald R. Ford is the newest aircraft carrier of the US Navy and the biggest in the world.
The results from the Chinese war game simulation were published in a paper in May in the Chinese-language Journal of Test and Management Technology, The South China Morning Post, as cited by The New York Post.
The report outlines how in the simulation, Communist China’s People’s Liberation Army used 24 hypersonic anti-ship missiles to blow up the USS Gerald Ford during 20 “intense battles.”
The war simulation had US Navy vessels approaching a Chinese-claimed island chain in the South China Sea, failing to stop after repeated warnings and getting attacked.
In real life, the US regularly conducts freedom of navigation operations by sailing in the international waters China claims as its own.
In the simulation, the USS Gerald Ford and its battle group were hit in a three-wave attack, with some of the missiles fired from the Gobi Desert in Central Asia.
As a result, almost all US surface vessels were destroyed and sunk by the Chinese military, according to the researchers.
The world’s biggest aircraft carrier has been presented as unsinkable with conventional arms.
The paper does warn the Chinese leadership and public that the simulation results should be viewed cautiously since missiles could perform differently in a real-world scenario.
The Chinese researchers’ report couldn’t be verified independently.
“Anyone who discusses publicly the outcome of a war game or simulation has a political objective, especially if they frame the result as a win or a loss,” former senior US defense official Drew Thompson told The Daily Telegraph.
“Effective war games are ones that test an assumption, a function, or variable to inform the game’s sponsor about the complex interaction of elements. War games are not about winning or losing. They are about learning,” he added.
The Chinese paper comes weeks after a leaked US military intelligence document disclosed China had intermediate-range hypersonic missiles capable of penetrating US defenses.