What China’s New Missiles Mean for the Future of the Aircraft Carrier

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Two F-35C Lightning II warplanes prepare to launch from the USS Nimitz. The U.S. Navy plans to buy dozens of the F-35C fighters, but their range is no more than 650 miles.Dane Wiedmann/Lockheed Martin/U.S. Navy

 

 

In late 1995, escalating Chinese threats against Taiwan prompted President Bill Clinton to stage a show of American support for the beleaguered island that Beijing’s leaders couldn’t ignore. Clinton sent two aircraft carrier battle groups steaming into the conflict zone, their heavily armed fighter jets poised on deck for takeoff. One battle group, led by the carrier USS Nimitz, sailed down the middle of the Taiwan Strait, less than 50 miles from the Chinese mainland, while the second stood in reserve off Taiwan’s eastern coast. Chinese officials decried what they called “foreign intervention” in their long-standing claim to Taiwan. But lacking the weapons to deter the American warships, they had little choice but to heed Clinton’s show of force and back away. Continue reading

H-6K is nearing invincibility: Sputnik News

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A H-6K bomber. (Internet photo)

 

Capable of carrying seven YJ-12 supersonic antiship cruise missiles or CJ-20 subsonic land attack cruise missiles, the PLA Air Force’s H-6K strategic bomber is going to be nearly invincible in future aerial warfare over the Western Pacific, according to the Moscow-based Sputnik News. Continue reading

China’s Newest Long-Range Heavy Bomber Should Unnerve US

And now it becomes even more clear why the CCP will continue its push to solidify the Asia-Pacific with artificial islands.

The ADIZ is the minimum requirement to be able to destroy strategic U.S. defenses on the periphery, enabling further airstrikes an exposed American mainland.

PLAN nuclear submarines will have already been on the American coastline hitting high priority targets (anti-aircraft defenses, nuclear deterrent, etc…) within minutes from California to Mississippi (or further), laying the groundwork for airstrikes on American soil.

 

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China is in the process of updating its fleet of long-range heavy bombers and its newest H-6K should make the United States nervous, military expert David Axe argues.

The H-6K boasting nuclear strike capabilities made its maiden flight in 2007 and entered service with the People’s Liberation Army some two years later. At least two regiments of the Chinese Air Force are believed to be operating the H-6Ks at the moment.

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PLA’s YJ-18 anti-ship missile useful against US carrier group

If reports about the missile are accurate, it will be China’s first combination subsonic and supersonic anti-ship missile.

According to an unnamed source cited by a military affairs column on Chinese news web portal Sina, the YJ-18 will be the basis for a series of models that will be adapted for launch from warships, submarines and from the coast and will likely replace current anti-ship missiles, given its versatility. Continue reading