Strategic Weapon Systems

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    http://www.janes.com/news/defence/systems/jsws/jsws080703_1_n.shtml


    Jane's Strategic Weapon Systems overview


    This overview presents a broad outline of the key events associated with Jane's Strategic Weapon Systems over the last 12 months.

    - US reports state that there were around 100 foreign ballistic missile flight tests in 2007, with the majority of these tested by China, Iran and the Russian Federation. In addition, the US stated that 30 nations had deployed operational ballistic missiles. Unlike earlier years no further details were provided by the US, and so it is not possible to assess the types, ranges or numbers of missiles tested by individual nations. It is unfortunate, as it prevents a clear understanding of 'the threat' as it is being described by the intelligence communities.

    - Iran displayed Ghadr-1 (upgraded Shahab 3) and Fateh-3 (upgraded Fateh A-110) (September 2007). Iran announced the Ashoura ballistic missile, with a range of 2,000 km (November 2007), which Israeli and US reports described as being a two-stage solid propellant IRBM. Iran was reported to have started building ballistic missile silos near to Tabriz, in the north-western region of the country (February 2008). Iran states that it will install a further 6,000 centrifuges at the Natanz facility, to enrich uranium (March 2008).

    - China's new Jin class (Type 094) SSBN was pictured alongside dock (July 2007). China showed pictures of new DF-25 IRBM (July 2007). China launched Chang'e 1 lunar orbiter (October 2007). China is estimated to have 400 to 500 nuclear warheads fitted to operational missiles, bombs and held in reserve (November 2007). China is developing H-8 stealth bomber, to carry cruise missiles.

    - Quasi/semi-ballistic missile developments are increasing defence problems by introducing low trajectories, manoeuvres in flight, and unexpected changes in direction and range. These include ICBM, SLBM as well as several new SRBM. In addition, ballistic missiles may be achieving sufficient accuracy to threaten capital ships. The three-stage version of the Russian Federation's Club (3M54 or SS-N-27 Sizzler B) cruise missile, has a small third stage resembling the size of a re-entry vehicle from a ballistic missile.

    - Pakistan made first flight test of Ra'ad (Hatf 8) cruise missile (August 2007). Pakistan made fifth test of Babur cruise missile (December 2007). Pakistan made fifth and sixth tests of Shaheen 2 IRBM (April 2008). Pakistan government implied that around 50 nuclear warheads are available (March 2008).

    - Syria reported to have ordered Iranian Tondar (C-802) cruise missiles, for ground launching and fitting on Tir fast attack craft (July 2007). Syria reported to be developing and building a version of the Iranian Fateh A-110 SRBM (August 2007). Syrian nuclear reactor project destroyed by Israeli aircraft (September 2007).

    - India to develop Nirbhay cruise missile, with range of 1,000 km (July 2007). India to develop Agni 4 ICBM with MIRV and decoys (December 2007). India first test of K-15, perhaps a modified Sagarika design, cruise missile from submerged pontoon (February 2008).

    - Russia tested modified R-29RM (SS-N-23) Sineva SLBM (August and December 2007). Russia tested RS-24 ICBM with three MIRV (December 2007). Russia tested RS-12M (SS-25) ICBM with manoeuvring RV (December 2007).
     
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    China doesn't have 400-500 nukes. By their own admission the have 200 odd nukes. They claim to have the smallest arsenel among P5.
     
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    This is from Jane's who believe the Chinese have that amount; reasons have not been stated??
     
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    Oh and I forgot, they font have missiles mated with nukes in a ready to fire mode. They have it separate. Even their boomers don't go on patrol with hot SLBMs.
     
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    There maybe reasons they have reported it like this? this article is a year old so the numbers may also have changed?
     
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    No. The Chinese have a lot of fissile material but not assembled bombs. All recent reports say they have limited themselves to about 200.
     
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    I hope you are right Yusuf, they may be overstating the numbers for increasing the funds to the services??
     
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    You mean Americans or Chinese?
    Chinese, They don't have a democracy that they have to answer or justify. So they dont have to come up with stories to fet funds.

    Americans have enough nukes to waste the whole world, so they don't have to worry about the Chinese nukes.
     
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    more American if USA can't justify the need(threat) for funds programs don't get funded.
     
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    The US is not threatened by the Chinese. If they were prepared for the Soviets, then I don't think the Chinese will give them sleepless nights.
     
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    yusuf I agree with you, but many people in USA have questioned the need for USA to be spending 600 billion dollars + annually on defense, and if there is no one to spend it against ,then than number may have to come down, something the military establishment does not want.
     

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