China’s JL-2 second-generation intercontinental-range submarine-launched ballistic missile, which has the ability to reach the continental USA, is already believed to be deployable by the People’s Liberation Army, reports Huanqiu, the Chinese-language website of the nationalistic Global Times tabloid.
The Julang-2 — literally “Giant Wave 2” — has reached a preliminary level of proficiency, according to the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission in its report to US Congress on Nov. 20.
“The JL-2, when mated with the PLA Navy’s JIN-class (SSBN), will give China its first credible sea-based nuclear deterrent,” the report said.
China is also testing supersonic guided missiles that, if successful, could render America’s missile defense system outdated, the report added.
The report estimates that China could have as many as 351 submarines and missile-equipped surface ships in the Asia-Pacific by 2020, while the US Navy plans to only have 67 submarines and surface ships stationed or deployed to the region.
Full article: PLA’s JL-2 missile can reach US mainland: report (Want China Times)