- China is quietly testing electronic warfare assets recently installed at fortified outposts in the South China Sea, sources tell CNBC.
- Electronic warfare assets are designed to confuse or disable communications and radar systems.
- A Pentagon spokesperson declined to comment on intelligence matters.
The Spratlys, to which six countries lay claim, are located approximately two-thirds of the way east from southern Vietnam to the southern Philippines.
Woody Island features an airstrip, helipads, 20 hangars for combat aircraft, J-10 and J-11 fighter jets, HQ-9 surface-to-air missiles, and anti-ship cruise missiles.
Meanwhile, China maintains that its island-building on strategic outposts in the South China Sea is for nonmilitary functions. Yet the jamming equipment and missile systems appear to serve no other purpose than for military interests.