Yuan Wang 5 is a dual-purpose spy ship, used for space and satellite tracking and with specific use in intercontinental ballistic missile launches. India feared the vessel’s arrival in Lanka due to the strong possibility that it was fitted with high-tech listening equipment
Sri Lanka has asked China to delay the arrival of its Yuan Wang 5 spy ship after India raised concerns about the “real purpose” of the voyage.
Yuan Wang 5 is a dual-purpose spy ship, used for space and satellite tracking and with specific use in intercontinental ballistic missile launches. It is a Yuan Wang series third-generation tracking vessel, which entered service on September 29, 2007 and was designed by the 708 Research Institute of China.
It is a highly sophisticated missile range instrumentation ship with high-end antennas and electronic equipment to support missile and rocket launch and tracking.
The ship in question is supposed to arrive at the port of Hambantota on August 11 and stay there until August 17. Sri Lanka received a request for fuel and other supplies during the stay.
According to available information, after this stay, the Yuan Wang 5 will move to the Indian Ocean for further research such as space tracking and satellite operation monitoring.
In a letter seen by CNN-News18, the Sri Lankan authorities asked for the ship’s arrival to be postponed “until further consultations”.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Colombo, the assurances of its highest consideration,” he added.
Sources in the Indian government welcomed Sri Lanka’s decision and said China should honor the sovereignty of other countries.
CNN-News18 previously reported that there was a strong possibility that the ship would be fitted with high-tech listening equipment to peer deep into Indian territory.
Indian naval bases on the east coast and ISRO’s launch stations in Chandipur are all vulnerable in the presence of such a ship, they added.
According to sources, China has programmed this activity precisely to exploit Sri Lanka’s economic crisis to ensure that Lankan ports become Chinese naval bases that can later be used by the PLA. The Chinese are embarrassing the Lankans at the moment to mainly spy on India, they added.
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