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Missile deployment in Asia: how China can respond to the US

Missile deployment in Asia: how China can respond to the US. China is concerned about the US plans to develop and test ground-based medium-range missiles.

Missile deployment in Asia: how China can respond to the US

China is concerned about the US plans to develop and test ground-based medium-range missiles. And he even threatened to answer Washington if they were deployed in the Asia-Pacific region. “Gazeta.Ru” understood that the PRC could oppose the United States militarily and how painful Beijing might be for the Americans.

If the United States deploys new missiles in the Asia-Pacific region (APR), then China will take retaliatory measures, said Fu Cun, director of the arms control and disarmament department of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, during the briefing. True, what kind of retaliatory steps are we talking about, the diplomat did not specify. "China will not stand aside," the Chinese politician promised.

“We will be forced to take countermeasures if the United States places ground-based medium-range missiles in the Asia-Pacific region,”

  • - said the representative of the Foreign Ministry of China. In response to a clarifying question about retaliatory measures, the diplomat added that “all possible options will be on the table.”

  • Fu Zun also expressed regret over the US unilateral withdrawal from the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF Treaty).

  • “From our point of view, this is another act of unilateralism (a program of unilateral actions. -“ Gazeta.Ru "), another refusal of their international obligations. It will inevitably have a direct negative impact on global strategic stability, as well as peace and security in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. In addition, this will negatively affect the situation in the field of arms control, ”the diplomat is sure.

“In the arsenal of the People’s Liberation Army of China, there are many examples of armaments and military equipment that can bring a lot of concern to the United States. These, first of all, include anti-ship missile systems with medium-range ballistic missiles DF-21D and DF-26.

  • Both of these systems are designed to protect coastal areas and territorial waters from ships of a potential enemy. In China, the DF-21D and DF-26 missiles are called “killer aircraft carriers,” Konstantin Makiko, deputy director of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies told the website

  • The abbreviation DF means "Dongfeng" - "East wind" or "Wind from the East."

  • The DF-21D complex is a mobile launch platform with a medium-range ballistic missile. The length of the rocket is about 10 m, the starting weight is within 15 tons. The product is equipped with a conventional (non-nuclear) warhead. Maximum firing range - 1450 km, rocket speed in flight - 10 M.

  • Even greater combat capabilities have a new anti-ship missile system DF-26. This system is built on the basis of a six-axle special chassis equipped with a lifting boom for the missile transport and launch container. The complex also includes several other components, also made on automobile chassis. This allows for high mobility, including high traffic
The DF-26 complex missile has a length of about 15 m and a diameter of about 1.5 m. The launch mass of the product is estimated at about 20 tons. The three-stage rocket is equipped with a detachable warhead with a conventional or special charge weighing up to 1.5-1.8 tons. in flight is provided by an inertial navigation system.

  • On the final section of the trajectory, the homing head, the type of which is unknown at this stage, is included in the work.

  • Official Chinese sources have not yet given the main tactical and technical characteristics of the DF-26. According to some estimates, the firing range of the DF-26 is 3500-4000 km, but there are other rumours. According to them, the distant border of the zone of destruction of the Chinese anti-ship complex is 4500-5000 km. From this distance, the DF-26 SCRC can easily hit targets even on the island of Guam, where the largest strategic US military base in the Pacific Ocean is located.

  • A missile is capable of delivering a targeted strike on targets on land, on large and medium-sized ships at sea, and also take part in a retaliatory (reciprocal) counter-strike. DF-26 entered service with China in April 2018.

  • “They play the role of a stick that can drive a dog running into your yard, but no one will attack with a stick at the house where this dog lives,” - so say the Chinese military about the defensive nature of their systems DF-21D and DF-26

"The Chinese response to the United States and intercontinental ballistic missiles can be equally destructive." 
  • - noted Konstantin Makienko. On the equipment of strategic missile forces, the PLA today has mobile soil missile systems (PGRK) DF-31 / DF-31A (CSS-9 Mod 1 / CSS-9 Mod 2 according to NATO classification ).

  • In addition, the armed forces of the PRC have already deployed a second missile brigade equipped with new DF-41 intercontinental ballistic missiles in the north-east of the country in the Heilongjiang province

  • The missiles of this PGRK are a solid fuel three-stage product launched from a mobile six- or eight-axis conveyor. The firing range of the DF-31A exceeds 11 thousand km and most of the objects in the continental United States are within the reach of this missile. The length of the DF-31A is 13 m, the diameter is 2.25 m, the starting weight is 42 tons. The firing accuracy (KVO - circular probable deviation) is, according to various estimates, from 100 m to 1 km, but most experts take it as 300 m, which is a fairly high indicator for ICBMs.
The DF-41 intercontinental ballistic missile is a solid-fuel ICBM, while it is more powerful and heavier than the DF-31A and developed by the DF-31B, and is equipped with individual warheads for individual guidance (RGCH IN). The new Chinese missile is being created in soil, rail and mine versions.

  • Separating warhead ICBM DF-41 carries up to 10 combat units with individual guidance, which allows us to count on the successful overcoming of the US missile defense. The firing range, which in various sources is estimated from 12 to 14 thousand km, turns the DF-41 into one of the most long-range missiles in the world. This product remains the most the powerful and modern intercontinental missile in the Chinese arsenal of strategic nuclear weapons, although it does not have a fundamental superiority over similar Russian and American missile systems.

  • At present, China is capable of shelling the entire territory of the United States with mobile ground missile systems (in the near future - with military rail systems), which will become Beijing’s main counterpower argument in the struggle for world leadership.

  • In addition, China’s naval strategic nuclear forces have a naval version of the DF-31A - a ballistic missile submarine (SLBM) JL-2 ("Joo Lan-2" (or "Big Wave"), the western designation is CSS-NX-10 )

Finally, China is able to hurt from the air,

  • reminds Makienko. The PLA Air Force is equipped with Xian H-6K strategic bombers. This version is distinguished by new Russian-made D-30KP-2 turbojet engines with thrusts of the order of 118 kN each, an upgraded crew cabin, increased air intakes and an increased radar radome antenna, and the absence of 23 mm defensive guns. The combat load of this model was brought up to 12 thousand kg. At the same time, the bomber was able to carry up to six CJ-10A type cruise missiles (flight range up to 3 thousand km), which are copies of the Russian X-55 missile.

  • The combat radius of the Xian H-6K was increased from 1800 to 3000 km. The bomber of this modification made its first flight on January 5, 2007. The aircraft was adopted by the PRC Air Force in 2011. On this model, the internal bomb compartment is completely absent, and additional fuel reserves and electronic warfare equipment were located in the freed space of the hull.

  • Unlike some of its predecessors, the H-6K version was not rebuilt from old aircraft but is manufactured at Chinese aircraft factories from scratch. Taking into account the life of the current bombers, H-6K aircraft have every chance of remaining in service with the Chinese Air Force until 2052.

  • “Thus, the Chinese military response to the United States in response to the possible deployment of medium- and shorter-range American missiles in the Asia-Pacific region can be very painful for Washington. And Beijing, as you know, doesn’t have to resolve, ”Konstantin Makiko summed up

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