China develops sub-launched long-range N-missile

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  1. bhramos

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    The Dragon is flexing its military muscle yet again. China, it seems, is on the way to add a potent weapon to its sea-based nuclear arsenal, which will mount pressure on India — an emerging dominant player in the Indian Ocean region. Beijing has, for the first time, tested an 8,000-km range submarine launched nuclear-tipped missile, Julang-2. In military parlance, it is known as submarine launched ballistic missile (SLBM).

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    In stark contrast, India, as of now, does not even have a submarine in its fleet that can launch an SLBM, leave aside a missile with that kind of a range. Such missiles are considered as the best option to retaliate in case a country faces a nuclear strike. Indian security agencies have informed the government that China carried out the missile test six weeks ago — December 30, 2011. A set of six missiles were fired from the Jin class nuclear- powered submarines.

    These 8,000-tonne submarines can stay submerged under water for longer periods avoiding detection. The test is said to have been conducted in the Gulf of Bohai - located just east of Beijing. The Chinese Jin class submarines can carry as many as 12 missiles. The Julang-2, designed by China Aerospace Science and Industry, is a derivative of China’s land-based intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the Dong Feng 31 (DF-31) that can cover a distance of 10,000 km.

    Sources within the security set-up said this adds a new dimension to China’s attack ability. So far it was known that China had the capacity to launch a 3,000- km range SLBM, the extended range means a remotely sitting submarine could pose a risk.

    The Indian Navy is still to get a sophisticated missile like this. New Delhi has successfully tested the 3,500- km range SLBM, codenamed K-4. It is to be part of the arsenal of the indigenous nuclear-powered submarine, INS Arihant, which is expected to join the fleet by year end. A pressurised canister submerged under water was used to mimic a submarine-style launch. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Nirmal Verma has already declared that the Arihant, when ready, would be on ‘deterrent patrol’. It is meant to 'deter' an adversary from launching a first N-strike on the nation as the submarines can then launch the retaliatory strike within minutes from remote locations.

    INS Chakra, an Akula class nuclear-powered submarine leased from Russia, is set to join the fleet in the coming weeks. However, the Russian submarine does not have any long-range SLBM as part of its arsenal. However, India’s ballistic missile defence shield project is moving on a fast track. Two days ago, the DRDO conducted a successful launch of an interceptor missile. It hit an incoming ballistic missile and destroyed it at a height of 15 km off the Coast of Orissa.

    The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Main News
     
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  3. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    Pretty good progress by China.

    And all by the hard work of their scientists and workers and with no foreign help?
     
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    Armand2REP CHINI EXPERT Veteran Member

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    Wasn't that the test where the booster was dragged up in a Taiwanese fish net? Some successful test. :laugh:
     
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    asianobserve Elite Member Elite Member

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    A new Cold War is well under way... duck and cover! :scared1:
     
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    sayareakd Moderator Moderator

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    isn't that old news, what is new in it ?
     
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    That is what they want you others all to think; to think that they have risen to the grandeur of Soviet Union and that they are going to compete against US. Trust me, despite them being second largest economy, they are not even close.

    To gain the level of a superpower, is more than just money and military equipment. There is something called political and strategic capital, which CCP lacks. Compare this to the strategic network USSR had all over the developing world, or what US had in 80s all over the western world.
     
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    And exactly what political and strategic capital USSR had besides nukes and hmmm nukes? Do tell.
     
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    Something else of equal or more importance happened in the last month of 2011, which added greatly to China‘s arsenal of strategic weapons。:rofl:
     
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    Tshering22 Sikkimese Saber Senior Member

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    You're going into weapons again. I am talking about the network of alliances that USSR made across the planet. Whether ideological or not, it had a strong political capital invested in a lot of countries compared to you lot who only use DPRK and Pakistan in the region and that too not completely. While you have reached the economic stature, strategic stature would take some initiative and time if you're willing to.
     
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    There was that Warsaw Pact, if I recall correctly.

    What Tshering22 said.
     
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    You still havnt mentioned what that network of alliances consisted of. Across the planet , huh? Do tell. Ideological? Hahaha. You mean their failed socialism? Muhahahha.
     
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    Well, Communism did fail. But it was undoubtedly something which other people/countries emulated. Even China lapped it up.

    What soft power/ideology does China promote which is worthy of emulation ? Hanization ? Maoism ?
     
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    "I am talking about the network of alliances that USSR made across the planet."

    As I recall Warszawa was regional.
     
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    Good to see Chinese making comparisions to Indian SLBM succssfully tested in 2008.
     
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    Donno, a mix of totalitarianism with economical progress? No idea, it still remains a popular tourist destination. why dont you ask them?
     
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    tribuneindia is a chinese newspaper?:shocked:

    And you are comparing a 3500 km SLBM with one with 8000 km? :lol:
     
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    Add Cuba, India, North Korea, Vietnam and even China as countries with Soviet influence....thats pretty much "all over the world".....I know its futile, you're gonna argue over lame semantics/
     
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    yes the 3500 was tested successfully first. China needs longer range SLBM for USA
    India does not.
     
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    That is common to a lot of countries in East Asia, hardly something which is unique to China.

    Ideological alliances can be very powerful, USSR had Communism, Socialism etc. USA has Capitalism, Democracy and Protestant Christianity. China on the other hand has nothing to offer.
     
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