Vladimir Putin ran for the Russian presidency in 2012 on the promise of rebuilding the Russian military. The Navy’s building program is part of Putin’s broader $356 billion military upgrade program, intended to run through 2020, according to the report.In 2013 new fourth-generation class submarines were deployed by Moscow: the Borei, which carries ballistic missiles capable of striking intercontinental targets, and the Yasen-class attack boat. Both submarines are significant upgrades to previous, Soviet-era counterparts.
Shlemov says the main purpose of one of the new submarines will be “to protect the groups of ballistic missile submarines and do battle with enemy submarines.” He is describing what Western experts call attack submarines. Continue reading
Nuclear missiles with multiple warheads, anti-ship missiles, and man-made islands are all evidence China is increasing its military ambitions, and the United States isn’t happy about it.
The latest confrontation between the United States and China happened this week after an American spy plane was warned away from Chinese man-made islands eight times, according to CNN.
China is constructing the islands, which have been called a Great Wall of Sand, 600 miles from its coastlands to extend its dominion into the South China Sea, an area long disputed by rival countries, according to the Inquisitr.
ASPEN, Colo.—China’s advanced cruise and ballistic missiles pose a significant threat in future conflict with the United States, the chief of naval operations (CNO) warned last week.
Adm. Jonathan Greenert, the CNO, also said during a security conference Friday that China is building a second aircraft carrier that could be deployed in the not too distant future.
Asked what Chinese weapons systems he is most concerned about if the United States went to war with China, Greenert noted Beijing’s growing arsenal of cruise and ballistic missiles.
“They have an extraordinary selection of cruise missiles, and a ballistic missile force that they developed,” Greenert told the Aspen Security Forum.
If the conflict were close to China, the missile forces would pose the most serious threat, he said.
“If it’s in their backyard, I’m a little worried about their ballistic missile [force] because of its reach,” Greenert said. Continue reading
The Chinese military has deployed its new anti-ship ballistic missile along its southern coast facing Taiwan, the Pentagon’s top military intelligence officer said today.
The missile, designated the DF-21D, is one of a “growing number of conventionally armed” new weapons China is deploying to the region, adding to more than 1,200 short-range missiles opposite the island democracy, U.S. Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, the Defense Intelligence Agency director, said in a statement to the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Flynn’s reference to the DF-21D follows one made by U.S. Navy Admiral Samuel Locklear, head of the U.S. Pacific Command, in congressional testimony on April 9. He highlighted the “initial deployment of a new anti-ship missile that we believe is designed to target U.S. aircraft carriers.”
Flynn’s brief reference to the DF-21D today is significant because it advances the DIA’s assessment last year, when U.S. Army Lieutenant General Ronald Burgess, then the agency’s director, said China’s military is “probably preparing to deploy” the weapon. Continue reading
While the rest of the world is fixated on the Cypriot situation, Beijing completes yet again another carrier killer missile. For the story on the Gobi Desert aircraft carrier killer missile test, click here. Concerned people might want to ask why the United States is allowing for Chinese to train on U.S. soil while it simultaneously preps for war against it. The Chinese get a warm invitation to learn the enemy fighting tactics while also being exposed to enemy military technology. It all amounts to a winning situation — and for China only.
CHINA has successfully tested a “carrier killer” missile designed to change the military balance of power in Asia by deterring US aircraft carrier operations up to 2000km from Chinese shores.
It comes amid rising concern in Washington about warlike language from China, such as a recent article in the Liberation Army Daily calling for an end to “romantic pacifism” and “full preparation” for war. Continue reading