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US Navy Stunned: Deadly new Chinese Missiles can Sink Every US Supercarrier

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A new 'smart missile' threatens to tip the balance of power towards China, US military analysts say.

The latest generation of the Dongfeng 21D (DF-21D) [Photo] is a supercarrier killer according to experts on China's armaments. The missile can be launched from land and strike an aircraft carrier 900 miles away.

China has 11,200 miles of coastline. That fact coupled with the range and accuracy of the new missile could spell doom for any US or allied carrier fleet.

Designed to kill carriers

Patrick Cronin, a senior director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program that is part of the Washington, DC Center for a New American Security organization admits the DF 21D is designed to kill carriers--specifically US Naval carriers. "The Navy has long had to fear carrier--killing capabilities. The emerging Chinese anti-ship missile capability, and in particular the DF 21D, represents the first post--Cold War capability that is both potentially capable of stopping our naval power projection and deliberately designed for that purpose."


The new Chinese military's 96166 Unit will be outfitted with DF 21C medium-range ballistic missiles (MRBM) and possibly the DF-21D ASBM as well.



Ongoing fears

For more than a decade Pentagon strategists, analysts and war-gamers have worried about a new super missile that could pierce America's invincible carrier fleet. The carriers maintain the dominant American influence in the East Asian waters and counterbalance the threat of the globally emerging China.

With the potential loss of carrier superiority, the US faces the prospect of a very real Chinese move on Taiwan. It also could potentially greatly weaken the US leverage on North Korea and expose South Korea to greater military risk.

Other than a nuclear attack, American carriers are well shielded with defensive weaponry, high-tech machinery of war and of course state-of-the-art jet fighter aircraft and jet bombers. All US carriers are also equipped with conventional cruise missiles and nuclear-tipped cruise missiles.



US carrier fleet neutralized?

"The Chinese now have a weapon that can potentially neutralize our 21st Century carrier fleet," a USN admiral said under conditions of anonymity. "If the Chinese decide to deploy it and launch against us we'd be backed into a corner. We'd have to respond with our nuclear arsenal."

The Chinese were floundering in attempts to build effective missiles until the Clinton administration agreed to sell China three Cray supercomputers as part of a trade deal. Intelligence analysts agree that China immediately put the superior computing power to work for their military, especially nuclear and missile development.

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As China acquires the capability to trump the USN'... by Terrence Aym on Saturday, Aug 7, 2010 at 10:31:08 PM
"Militaries always fight the last war."... by Robert Hoogenboom on Sunday, Aug 8, 2010 at 8:56:41 AM
They should, they started the first one.Now, could... by Ned Lud on Sunday, Aug 8, 2010 at 9:32:28 AM
are as obsolete now as the battleship was during W... by Stanimal on Sunday, Aug 8, 2010 at 12:37:25 PM
Whatever one thinks of the last several wars we ha... by Steven Leser on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 12:11:03 AM
finally meeting its match. Of courseAmerica would ... by Archie on Sunday, Aug 8, 2010 at 1:07:23 PM
for military spending. There is a simple counters... by Steven Leser on Sunday, Aug 8, 2010 at 1:54:01 PM
Unfortunately, the article reads like a Pentagon p... by Robert Auld on Sunday, Aug 8, 2010 at 4:21:28 PM
Your counter strategy would work except that the D... by Terrence Aym on Monday, Aug 9, 2010 at 3:59:04 PM
The range of these missiles is affected by the coa... by Steven Leser on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 12:26:19 AM
this response didn't do the same thing.... by Archie on Monday, Aug 9, 2010 at 9:38:19 PM
I agree this article is based on propaganda that i... by Josh Mitteldorf on Sunday, Aug 8, 2010 at 7:39:08 PM
The Chinese are not working hard to insulate thems... by phidipidese on Monday, Aug 9, 2010 at 1:03:28 AM
China has rights too. So be it.... by Debbie S on Monday, Aug 9, 2010 at 1:40:04 PM
...we are wanting to invade China. If we stay at h... by Larry Wohlgemuth on Tuesday, Aug 10, 2010 at 7:02:59 PM
China has a right to defend itself, and the US Nav... by Richard Pietrasz on Tuesday, Aug 10, 2010 at 7:41:39 PM
Steven Leser, the MiG-25 Foxbat was a scare word i... by Rakesh Krishnan Simha on Tuesday, Aug 10, 2010 at 11:36:14 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikoyan-Gurevich_MiG-... by Steven Leser on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 12:56:42 AM
Simha overrates the actual capability of the MiG-2... by Richard Pietrasz on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 1:47:43 AM
It is tough to kill an aircraft carrier without a ... by Richard Pietrasz on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 1:37:10 AM
Just love that Admiral, "we'd have to respond with... by johnypaycut on Thursday, Aug 12, 2010 at 8:35:05 PM

 

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