Satellite images captured by a Colorado-based company show China has built mock-ups of a pair of U.S. Navy ships for possible target practice for a future naval clash as tensions have risen between the two countries, the Associated Press reported.
The images were captured by satellite imagery company Maxar Technologies on Sunday and show the outlines of a U.S. aircraft carrier and a destroyer sitting on a railway track.
The Colorado-based company identified the location as Ruoqiang, a Taklamakan Desert county in the northwestern Xinjiang region, according to the AP.
The independent U.S. Naval Institute (USNI) said on its website the U.S. ship mock-ups are a part of a new target range developed by China’s People’s Liberation Army.
USNI also said it has identified some features on the destroyer which included funnels and a weapons system, the AP reported.
This comes as China has spent recent years upgrading its military, drawing concern from the U.S., which is at odds with China over a series of political and economic issues.