Intelligence sources have shared exclusive details with CNN-News18 about the Chinese spy ship Yuan Wang 5 and the real purpose of its latest voyage.
Yuan Wang 5 is a dual-use spy vessel, employed for space and satellite tracking and with specific usage in intercontinental ballistic missile launches.
This vessel is in control of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) under its Strategic Support Force unit. The SSF focuses on space, cyber, and electronic warfare.
Yuan Wang 5 is a third-generation tracking ship of the Yuan Wang Series, which came into service on September 29, 2007, and was designed by China’s 708 Research Institute.
It is a highly sophisticated missile range instrumentation ship with top-of-the-line antennas and electronic equipment to support the launching and tracking of missiles and rockets.
They are used by the navies of China, France, India, Russia, and the United States, mainly for military purposes.
This vessel in question is coming to Hambantota Port on August 11 and will stay there until August 17. Sri Lanka has received a request for fuel and other supplies during the stay.