[Ed. – Whatever kind of aircraft they put in them — fighters, UAVs, bombers (fewer bombers would fit) — this is an undoubted geographic expansion of the militarization. It’s also conceivable for China to store missile systems in these shelters.]
CHINA has vastly extended its military scope by constructing military jet hangars on a set of contested islands, damning new images reveal.
Their confirmed presence in the South China Sea quashes China’s repeated claims it was never planning to militarise the region. …
According to the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, reinforced aircraft hangars are now visible on three of these reefs.
Each of these hangars will have enough room to accommodate 24 fighter jets as well as larger planes, such as bomb carriers, transports and refuelers.
The construction has occurred on Subi Reef, Mischief Reef and Fiery Cross Reef – all part of the disputed territories.