Friday, June 17, 2005

China's new Boomer Bullets

The Japanese are reporting that China has test fired a new ICBM for her boomers. Now, while China's subs are still technologically not up to par with ours yet, they are getting there, and now they have a nice long range ICBM to go along with their expanding sub fleet. In case the 8000 KM range of these bad boys doesn't bring it home, check this out:

That is how far away the Chinese can be and still hit our West Coast (duck, Bubblehead ID).
Oh, and yes, the article adds, a Chinese "nuclear submarine cruised around Guam and entered Japan's territorial waters. If China develops SLBMs further, the entire mainland of the United States would come within range of the missiles." So, it was right where a boomer would have to be to launch on us. The article claims, "The United States believes China is ready to deploy the Dong Feng-31 and has estimated that Beijing will have 100 warheads targeting the United States by 2015." I am not sure where that number comes from, so I cannot speak to its veracity. However, it is sounding as if China is trying to start its own little arms race with us. She has got a lot of catching up to do, but she is off to a good start.

Oh, and if you think this is an isolated incident, it is not, as attested to by this and this, (which I touched on at the beginning of the month here) detailing other areas of China's rapid military expansion.

But hey, who needs a sub fleet anyway, with new boomers out trolling the oceans?


At 5:34 PM, Blogger Alex Nunez said...

So much for the "the submarine fleet is a Cold War relic, so we can go ahead and close New London" argument.

China is a problem, and it's only going to get bigger. They are in it for the long haul and god knows they have the industrial capacity.

Time to cut the B.S., accept the costs, and crank out the VA-class boats. We're going to need every last one of them to keep tabs on the Chinese.

Or we could sic a bunch of LCSs and floating trapezoid DDXs on 'em.

Yeah. That'll work.

At 8:24 PM, Blogger Lubber's Line said...

PBS, the thing that concerns me, and your links allude to it, is that the Chinese could short cycle the needed catch up R&D by either purchasing foreign technology or stealing it. Our intelligence services may not see a technology jump because they have a development cycle mind set. You know, “don’t worry about it I know more than you and they’re at least 20 years away from that” kind of thinking. Building quality boats isn’t easy but if you take a best of breed from the Russian and European designers and add in a little US missile and warhead technology you could end up with an SSBN that is a little more of a threat than anticipated.

It’s also interesting to note that the Chinese feel it necessary to probe and test the US assets located in Guam and I think that is exactly what they were doing. Once one of the new Trident SSGNs are up and running I would forward deploy one to Guam. A Trident SSGNs ripple firing 154 Tomahawks in six minutes could put a world of hurt to any provocative action in the Taiwan Straits.

A serious Chinese treat may not be here tomorrow but it could suddenly be a reality someday and unfortunately the recent developments you point out point in that direction.

At 12:40 PM, Blogger bothenook said...

hell, the chinese didn't need to steal foreign technology. companies like Raytheon GAVE them the technology for the guidance systems, to help deliver the W-88 warheads they developed using stuff pilfered from los alamos by person/persons unknown (code for wen ho li, the physist that the chinese-american community championed, even after his computers showed he had downloaded and saved seriously damaging files). ratheon sold the guidance systems with the blessings of the clinton administration, and when the chinese needed to "upgrade" for reliability, the programs americans spent millions on was given to the chinese. these aren't communication satellite protocols. they were guidance programs for missle delivery.
china in NOT our friend, and they will become the single largest political entity we will face in the coming years.
i've ranted about this for years. a couple of my old posts along these lines can be found a this link or at this one


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