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AOC EW Singapore at ADECS 2018: Chinese SIGINT Capabilities Sound Alarm Bells

Wednesday, January 31, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brock Sheets

by Gordon Arthur  |  January 31, 2018  |  Shephard Media


The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) facilities on Woody Island in the Spratlys is set to become a major SIGINT facility for its operations in the South China Sea, according to analysts. In addition, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) monitors US Naval activity in the South China Sea from a SIGINT facility on Hainan Island.

Professor David Stupples, director of electronic warfare systems research at City, University of London, addressed the topic of Chinese SIGINT capabilities at the [AOC EW Singapore at] ADECS 2018 conference in Singapore on 30 January.  The picture that Stupples painted is one of extremely heavy investment by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in this field, and a rather gloomy one for China’s neighbours.

He said, ‘[Human] resources are estimated to be around 200,000 (included military EW) with an estimated budget to be around $10-15 billion.’  If the upper end of this figure were accepted, that would mean China spends $15 billion of an overall $150 billion defence budget on SIGINT.  Stupples highlighted, ‘The PRC maintains, by far, the most extensive SIGINT capability of any nation in the Asia-Pacific region.’   READ MORE...

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