China planning to destroy U.S. military satellites as part of a first strike attack

(NaturalNews) The Chinese military continues to perfect its anti-satellite warfare capabilities with a recent flight test of a new ASAT missile, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

For almost two decades Beijing has increasingly boosted its annual defense budget to improve weapons systems for the People’s Liberation Army, Navy (PLAN) and Air Force (PLAAF). But despite advances, the Chinese military remains far behind the United States and, to a lesser degree, Russia, in terms of technological capabilities.

That said, the Chinese have made substantial advances in so-called “asymmetrical” warfare capabilities, and the anti-satellite missile is one of those systems. In fact, as the WFB notes, the new missile, once fully tested, will be added to a bevy of space weapons that Beijing is assembling as a means to counter U.S. superiority in the celestial battlespace, given that the Pentagon’s most advanced systems are satellite-guided.

The WFB noted further:

“The test of a Dong Neng-3 exoatmospheric vehicle was carried out Oct. 30 from China’s Korla Missile Test Complex in western China, said two defense officials familiar with reports of the test.

Defense officials who spoke on condition of anonymity with the WFB described the DN-3 as a “direct-ascent” weapon, meaning it is designed to be launched from a ground-based launcher and streak directly towards its intended target orbiting miles overhead, smashing into, and then destroying it in flight.

China has countered that the missile is designed for missile defense, and while the Pentagon has found some of those qualities in the DN-3, defense and intelligence officials believe it is primarily an ASAT weapon, the WFB noted.

Asymmetrical development ongoing

“China has no illusions about its military inferiority via-a-vis the United States and knows that the status is likely to endure for at least two decades,” explains security analyst Loro Horta in a paper for Yale University. “As such the PLA has been developing a full range of asymmetric strategies to deter the US until its military reaches maturity.”

“In 2010 the Chinese military was reported to have started tests on its most ambitious missile project, the DF-21A, an anti-ship ballistic missile,” the paper noted. “In early 2013 several reports claimed that the missile had begun to be deployed in small numbers in Southern China. The DF-21A is reportedly designed to be an aircraft carrier killer aimed at deterring US aircraft-carrier battle groups from interfering in case of conflict over Taiwan and other flashpoints like the South China Sea.”

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