U.S. rearms to nullify China’s missile supremacy in the western Pacific

Hong Kong – As Washington and Beijing trade barbs over the coronavirus pandemic, a longer-term struggle between the two Pacific powers is at a turning point, as the United States rolls out new weapons and strategy in a bid to close a wide missile gap with China. The United States has largely stood by in recent decades as China dramatically expanded its military firepower. Now, having shed the constraints of a Cold War-era arms control treaty, the Trump administration is planning to deploy long-range, ground-launched cruise missiles in the Asia-Pacific…

Special Report: U.S. rearms to nullify China’s missile supremacy

HONG KONG (Reuters) – As Washington and Beijing trade barbs over the coronavirus pandemic, a longer-term struggle between the two Pacific powers is at a turning point, as the United States rolls out new weapons and strategy in a bid to close a wide missile gap with China. FILE PHOTO: With the USS-Wasp in the background, U.S. Marines ride an amphibious assault vehicle during the amphibious landing exercises of the U.S.-Philippines war games promoting bilateral ties at a military camp in Zambales province, Philippines, April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez/File Photo…

The Marines want a missile to chase down moving ships in the South China Sea and other contested waterways

As it shifts its focus toward a potential fight with another great power, the Marine Corps wants to be able to strike an adversary hard at sea. The Corps is looking for missiles that it can fire against enemy ships while they’re on the move. “That is what matters in a contested environment in the South China Sea,” Lt. Gen. Eric Smith, commander of Marine Corps Combat Development Command, told lawmakers Thursday. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. The US Marine Corps says it needs ground-launched missiles that can…

Made You Look: Why the U.S. Showed off Three Missile Submarines to China in 2010

Key point: Boomers are an important source of deterrence and they are meant to stay hidden. But sending them to the surface is a very clear warning. Nuclear powers rarely go to war with each other, but that doesn’t mean they don’t threaten to do so. This first appeared several years ago and is being reposted due to reader interest. Indeed, military posturing is an integral part of what Forrest Morgan, an analyst for the RAND Corporation, called “crisis stability.” In other words, “building and posturing forces in ways that allow a state,…

Yes China’s Nuclear Missile Subs Are a Danger (But That’s the Point)

Key Point: ICBM submarines are a vital part of any country’s nuclear triad. Here’s why they matter. China for decades has struggled to develop nuclear ballistic-missile submarines. The country finally might be on the cusp of deploying reliable boomers. This piece originally appeared in October 2018 and is being republished due to reader’s interest.  An effective Chinese ballistic-missile submarine fleet over the long term could have a stabilizing influence on the world’s nuclear balance. But in the short term, it might heighten tensions. Especially if Beijing lets popular fervor drive its build-up.…

Trouble: China’s H-6 Bomber Now Carries a New Anti-Ship Missile

Key point: These bomber planes will now be able to hit warships from afar. This is all a part of Beijing’s plan to secure maritime dominance. You May Also Like: 5 Best Submarines of All Time, 5 Best Aircraft Carriers of All Time, 5 Best Battleships of All Time and Worst Submarine of All Time. The Chinese air force has modified a small number of H-6 bombers apparently to carry a very large new anti-ship missile. This first appeared in September 2019 and is being reposted due to reader interest. The…

Meet the CH-AS-X-13: China’s New Bomber-Launched Anti-Ship Missile

Key point: This new weapon will allow Beijing to deter (and attack) enemy forces on the land and at sea. Here’s how the H-6 bomber would use that weapon. A Chinese magazine might have revealed a new and potentially powerful anti-ship and land-attack missile, Roland Oliphant reported for The Telegraph. A centerfold graphic in a recent issue of Modern Ships, a government-produced magazine, depicts the Chinese air force’s new H-6N bomber carrying a previously unknown large missile under its belly, according to Oliphant. This first appeared in 2019 and is being…

Ship-sinking missile for Marines headed to test fire

One of the main weapons that Marines need to stay in the future fight, an anti-ship missile, is scheduled for a test fire in June. The push for a way for Marines to strike and sink ships ― shooting from land to sea ― has been a recent priority for the Corps. That’s because, as of right now, the Marines can fire from a ship to the shore using the long-running High Mobility Artillery Rocket System. It’s a weapon designed for land fires, but being used a ship deck. But…

India plans 5,000-km range ballistic missile – india news

With the K-4 submarine-launched ballistic missile completing the development stage and ready for induction, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has gone back to the drawing board to develop a 5,000km-range submarine-launched platform that matches the surface-to-surface Agni-V missile, according to senior officials. The 5,000km-range submarine-launched ballistic missile will carry the same K-series label and will cover all of Asia, parts of Africa, Europe and Indo-Pacific including South China Sea, the officials added. While the details remain classified and the DRDO tight-lipped, the officials said that after testing the…