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New Supersonic Cruise Missile in China - a Challenge for the United States


06/01/2015


According to the results of tests of a new supersonic anti-ship missile YJ-18, Chinese experts have called it “the best in its classification”. The National Interest writes what the Washington position about the prospects of change in the world military balance is.



The emergence in China the supersonic cruise missiles changes the balance of power in the Asia-Pacific region, and makes a new appreciation of China's military capabilities, says the American edition of The National Interest.

Chinese new supersonic missile YJ-18 has already been mentioned in a recent report of the US Office of Naval Intelligence and in the annual Pentagon report on Chinese military power. However, as the author points out, none of these documents specifies the supersonic characteristics of YJ-18 missile. The new development is described as a “significant step forward”.  “In this regard, the absence of a supersonic anti-ship cruise missiles from US Navy is a cause for concern”, - says The National Interest.

In this case, the publication noted that modern YJ-18 is a modification of the Russian system Club. “China had the access to Club after buying Russian submarines in the Project 636 class called “kilo” ten years ago”.

The magazine draws a historical analogy, showing that the underestimation of the strategic potential of the country could be significant miscalculation. Thus, in World War II the United States greatly underestimated the effectiveness of some advanced Japanese weapons. “It’s obvious that the tendency to look down on the military achievements of Japan influenced on the inability to predict the attack on Pearl Harbor,” - the author notes. American intelligence had underestimated the strength of the Japanese main sea fighter called “the Zero”. From the author’s point of view, it’s notable that this happened even while there has been large amount of information about the modernization of Japan naval forces in free access.

The author believes that the appearance of the supersonic anti-ship cruise missiles in China’s armed inventory is a disturbing sign for Washington. In his opinion, it is necessary to pay enough attention to the growing military potential of China as new Beijing cruise missiles are “clear and direct danger” to US sailors.

It was also reported earlier that the United States were highly concerned about the modernization of strategic missile forces of China: 10 intercontinental ballistic missiles of the DF-31 classification had already been in service in Beijing, says International Business Times.

“The US has always been concerned about the progress of Chinese military equipment. In the annual report for the US Congress on the development of military industry of China in 2014 it’s noted that the Chinese authorities said the growth of military expenses by 5.7%, so that the country’s military budget rose to $ 119.5 billion, “- said International Business Times before.

“Pentagon’s anxiety is that China, enriching its arsenal to boost its military presence around the world, will expand the range of economic and diplomatic interests and extend the influence on its neighbors, including regional allies of the United States. Evasiveness of China’s comments on the military modernization program also adds peace of mind to the Americans,”- reported the International Business Times.

source: nationalinterest.org

 






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