Naval Research Academy


The Naval Research Academy is designated very high risk due to its work on sensitive naval technology.

The Naval Research Academy was established in July 2017 following Xi Jinping’s military reforms. Main areas of study include military theory and technological research as well as the maritime environment and national defence engineering.

The Naval Research Academy actively collaborates with civilian universities as part of China’s military-civil fusion program.See In April 2019, delegates from the Naval Research Academy attended a meeting with officials from Xi’an Jiaotong University on co-operation directed at improving the quality assurance and technological reliability of complex armaments currently in service in the PLA Navy. Major General Li Wei from the Naval Research Academy stated that his colleagues were paying ‘very close attention to this co-operation with Xi’an Jiaotong University’ in the development and sustainment of naval equipment.

The Naval Research Academy also collaborates with civilian research institutes.See For example, the Institute for Industrial Military-Civil Fusion at the Research Institute of Machinery Industry Economic and Management claims to have worked with the Naval Research Academy and a number of state-owned enterprises that focus on defence technology such as China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) in order to develop strategies for military-civil fusion.

The Naval Research Academy’s involvement in military-civil fusion is particularly notable for work on maritime information technology and equipment. In January 2019, delegates from the Naval Research Academy attended a conference hosted by the National Key Laboratory of Underwater Acoustic Science and Technology (水声技术国防科技重点实验室) ; ; and the Key Laboratory of Marine Information Acquisition and Security Industry and Information Technology (海洋信息获取与安全工业和信息化部重点实验室) of Harbin Engineering University (HEU). The Naval Research Academy’s Liu Qingyu (刘清宇) was reported to have made a presentation on international and domestic developments in marine sonar technology at the conference.

Liu Qingyu from the Naval Research Academy has a particularly strong record of engagement with civilian and military institutions for his research into marine sonar technology.For further information on Liu’s background, see ; In 2018, Liu delivered a presentation to the Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) which ‘elaborated on some of the problems facing the national costal defence industry’ and ‘suggested areas for future research into marine acoustics.’ Both students and academics from NPU attended Liu’s presentation. Liu has also published papers on acoustic science with scholars from the Chinese Academy of Sciences,刘豫鲁, 刘清宇, 刘雄厚, 余赟. 浅海大孔径线列阵子阵阵增益分析与评估. 舰船电子工程 2017(37:10) DOI: 10. 3969/j; Liu Yulu, Liu Qingyu, Liu Xionghou, Yu Yun. Arraygain Analysis and Evaluation of Large-aperture Linear Array Subarray in Shallow Water. Ship Electronic Engineering 2017(37:10) DOI: 10. 3969/j. the Naval University of Engineering, and Northwestern Polytechnical University.

Noteworthy international collaborations

The US Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson visited the Naval Research Academy in early 2019 as part of a routine diplomatic exchange. ;

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