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Missile being launched from a submarine  (Source: Daily Mail)
Experts believe it could be years before the missiles are fully operational

There are potential future hot spots for military conflict all over the world, with China being high on the list. Since the days of WWII, the U.S. Navy has had the clear superiority in surface ship warfare in the waters in and around China, but the Chinese have a new missile system that could cause the U.S. to rethink its plans for any future conflicts in the area.

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 reports that China has a new missile known as the DF-21 that has reached its "initial operational capability" (IOC). The IOC milestone for the Chinese weapon system means that the design has been settled on but the system will continue to be refined according to military experts.

Admiral Robert F. Willard, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command told the Asahi Shimbun newspaper, "An analogy using a Western term would be 'initial operational capability (IOC),' whereby I think China would perceive that it has an operational capability now, but they continue to develop it. I would gauge it as about the equivalent of a U.S. system that has achieved IOC."

The missile can be launched from land and is capable of striking surface vessels that are moving, with enough force to destroy a U.S. supercarrier with one hit. 

A U.S. Naval Institute report from last year said of the missile system, "The size of the missile enables it to carry a warhead big enough to inflict significant damage on a large vessel."

The missile is launched from land, soars into the atmosphere, and then uses a complex guidance system combined with maneuverability and a low radar signature to evade defensive weapons and hit moving targets. So far, the U.S. has not detected over-the-surface tests of the missile on moving targets.

Despite the continued growth of the Chinese military and the new weapons system, 
DailyMail reports that the Chinese military still maintains that it is no threat to countries in its region. The missile would be guided by an interwoven system of UAVs, submarines, and satellites to its target.

Chinese military spokesperson Jiang Wu said, "I can say that China pursues a defensive national policy. ... We pose no threat to other countries. We will always be a force in safeguarding regional peace and stability."

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RE: China: We no threat to nobody!
By Iketh on 12/29/2010 6:23:05 PM , Rating: 1
Are those white supremacists controlling how you live? Of course, they would if they could, but that's another discussion. Don't compare apples to oranges.

Being over there is giving us plenty of experience in real-world (though not conventional) warfare. We have new technologies being put through the grinder and tactics being developed and honed.

RE: China: We no threat to nobody!
By Spuke on 12/29/2010 6:53:54 PM , Rating: 2
Being over there is giving us plenty of experience in real-world (though not conventional) warfare.
I don't care what white supremacists are doing. I mentioned that if we were invaded and they got wiped out, I wouldn't care nor would Afghani's care if their PITA's were removed from their presence. Not apples to oranges at all.

Being over there is giving us plenty of experience in real-world (though not conventional) warfare.
There is something to be said for real world knowledge of warfare. Quite frankly, I think we would STILL be involved militarily in the world without being in the BS world's police role. We would simply be asked to do things. Think about it. You have this huge, high tech military in a friendly country that minds it's own business for the most part. Someone's going to have a problem they can't handle (Kuwait was one) and would like some help. I have no issues with helping other countries that ask.

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