China’s military has been successfully catching up with the U.S. fleet by copying American designs for precision weapons, says HCSS senior strategic analyst Paul van Hooft in The Daily Beast. But it’s having a harder time narrowing the gap in areas like stealth fighters.
China’s vast fleet of ships is ready to inflict huge losses on the U.S. Navy that would set back the country’s standing for many years. A recent analysis found that the U.S. would likely lose a vast number of ships in a war with China over Taiwan, thanks to a narrowing technological advantage. The war games conducted for the study reflect the reality on the seas. The U.S. is facing a rapid increase in Chinese military capabilities, including advanced anti-ship missiles.
Paul van Hooft, an analyst at the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, said that China’s military has been successfully trying to catch up with the U.S. fleet by copying American designs for precision weapons. But, he said, China is having a harder time narrowing the gap in areas like stealth fighters and has tried to make up the gap by investing in artificial intelligence. He said that AI could help China in a future naval conflict by assisting its military more accurately target ships.
“You can think of artificial intelligence as improving certain things like jamming and other types of electronic warfare,” he added.