US’ INF-Banned Missiles to Heat Up Tensions in Europe, South China Sea – Analyst

The Pentagon’s tests of INF-banned missiles leave no doubt that the US has no real intent to renegotiate the INF Treaty with Russia or any other third party, international affairs and security analyst Mark Sleboda told Sputnik, adding that Washington is pushing China and Russia towards closer defence cooperation. The Pentagon’s new ground-launched cruise missile with a potential range of about 1,000 kilometres, which was previously banned under the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, might be ready for deployment within 18 months after being tested in August 2019, US defence officials told reporters on 13 March. It…

In first, Washington calls on Beijing to remove missiles from South China Sea

The United States has for the first time urged China to remove missile systems deployed to contested man-made islands in the South China Sea, the Pentagon said Friday. The move, believed to be the first time the U.S. had directly addressed the issue, came in a statement recapping high-level talks between the two sides in Washington on Friday. “The United States called on China to withdraw its missile systems from disputed features in the Spratly Islands, and reaffirmed that all countries should avoid addressing disputes through coercion or intimidation,” the…

US Marines Want Long-Range Anti-Ship Missiles to Aid Navy in ‘Maritime Fight’

The US Marine Corps recently revealed that it’s looking to obtain a long-range, anti-ship cruise missile in order to expand its naval warfare capabilities and offer a hand to the US Navy during joint operations. Gen. Robert Neller, commandant of the Marine Corps, told USNI News at the WEST 2019 Conference in late February that the service is hoping to field such missiles “as fast as possible.” “There’s a ground component to the maritime fight. We’re a naval force in a naval campaign; you have to help the ships control sea space. And you can do that from the…

Is A Batch Of Russia’s Most Advanced Surface To Air Missiles Sitting On The Sea Floor?

Russia has confirmed that it did indeed sell long-range 40N6 surface-to-air missiles to China as part of a sale of S-400 surface-to-air missile systems. At the same time, the Russians have revealed that none of those interceptors ever reached their destination after the ship carrying them got caught in a storm that resulted in the loss of the entire shipment, possibly with some of the missiles physically going overboard into the sea. On Feb. 18, 2019, Sergei Chemezov, the CEO of the state-owned industrial conglomerate Rostec, which includes the state-run…

US stealth jets train for high-end combat in the Pacific, as a furious China flaunts ‘carrier killer’ missiles

Lockheed Martin US F-22s, F-35s, and B-2 stealth bombers have been training in the Pacific for a high-end fight. This comes as China continues to threaten the US and deploys missiles made to sink aircraft carriers. The US has committed to challenging Beijing’s attempts to control the South China Sea. China doesn’t like those challenges, and it has a plan to counter the US’s stealth advantage. US F-22 and F-35 stealth fighters and B-2 stealth bombers in the western Pacific recently trained for high-end combat scenarios requiring the full might…

Next stop Guam? China shows off its next generation DF-41 and DF-26 ballistic missiles

China’s ballistic missile technology is advancing rapidly and recent demonstrations of its capabilities leave little doubt that when it comes to military dominance in the Asia-Pacific region, Beijing is keen to send a message to Washington that the United States is not the only player in town. Last month, the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force (PLARF) showed off its firepower by running a simulated strike mission using a Dongfeng-41 (DF-41) intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and revealing footage of the improved stability of Dongfeng-26 (DF-26) ballistic missile. Chinese missile drill tests…

China Says Its Hypersonic Missiles Can Sink American Aircraft Carriers

China says its new hypersonic missile, the DF-17, can sink U.S. Navy aircraft carriers. The claim, which ran in several media outlets controlled by the Chinese Communist Party, came just hours after U.S. and British Royal Navy warships sailed through the South China Sea together. Yes, China almost certainly has such missiles. Whether the country could marshal the resources to locate a carrier at sea and then sink it is a much more open question. According to United Press International, China Times and other state-run news outlets across China reported…

Stealth Fighters, Carrier-Killer Missiles and Deadly ICBMs: How China’s Military Is Evolving

TAIPEI – The U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency’s 125-page report, “China Military Power – Modernizing a Force to Fight and Win,” details China’s military modernization efforts with an emphasis that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is not a “national army” but a military arm of the Chinese Communist Party that exists to guarantee the CCP’s survival. To improve the military’s ability to protect the Party from losing power, the CCP has been generous in providing the PLA with an increased budget of 10 percent per year from 2000 to 2016. In…

China mobilizes missiles able to sink US warships in South China Sea

China has mobilized its long-range DF-26 ballistic missiles, according to Chinese media. The nationalist Global Times warned that the “far-reaching, anti-ship ballistic missile” is operational, noting that the news comes just days after a US destroyer challenged China’s excessive claims to the South China Sea. The warning also comes a few weeks after a Chinese admiral suggested sinking two US carriers. Chinese media touted the mobilization of a “far-reaching, anti-ship ballistic missile” Thursday, specifically highlighting its ability to target ships in the South China Sea. China’s DF-26 ballistic missile has…