Chinese nuclear weapon growth stuns US, Russia

The growth of China’s nuclear capabilities has threatened the United States and Russia with the potential of its intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), equipped on the country’s latest guided missile nuclear submarine Type 094, to strike US coastal regions, reports Sina’s military news portal.

It is China’s first reliable submarine-launched nuclear intimidation measure and the first time that “China’s nuclear arsenal will be invulnerable to a first strike,” said Nicolas Giacometti, an independent strategist who has written analysis for the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The country has solidified its ability to retaliate with nuclear force on the submarine. Continue reading

China Takes Nuclear Weapons Underwater Where Prying Eyes Can’t See

China is preparing to arm its stealthiest submarines with nuclear missiles that could reach the U.S., cloaking its arsenal with the invisibility needed to retaliate in the event of an enemy strike.

Fifty years after China carried out its first nuclear test, patrols by the almost impossible-to-detect JIN class submarines armed with nuclear JL–2 ballistic missiles will give President Xi Jinping greater agility to respond to an attack.

The nuclear-powered subs will probably conduct initial patrols with the missiles by the end of this year, “giving China its first credible sea-based nuclear deterrent,” according to an annual report to Congress submitted in November by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. Continue reading