Why is China developing missile defense system?

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  1. Impluseblade

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    China’s development of more capable theater missile defense systems addresses what for China is a practically non-existent threat,” Fisher said. “Other than North Korea and to a slight degree India, no country has the ability to target China with medium or intermediate range missiles.”
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    China, U.S. conduct missile defense tests | Washington Free Beacon

    China on Sunday conducted the second test of a new anti-ballistic missile defense interceptor that United States officials say is directly linked to Beijing’s secret anti-satellite weapons program.

    Meanwhile, the Pentagon on Sunday announced it conducted a successful test of a long-range anti-missile interceptor.

    China’s Defense Ministry announced the test, according to the official state-run Xinhua news agency, which quoted an official saying “the test has reached the preset goal.”

    “The test is defensive in nature and targets no other country,” the official was quoted as saying.

    China in the past has opposed U.S. missile defenses, claiming the systems are designed to weaponize space. However, Beijing refused to discuss any details of its secret ASAT program. A 2007 ASAT missile destroyed a Chinese weather satellite, creating a debris field that threatens both manned and unmanned satellites.

    It is the second time China announced such a missile test. A similar anti-missile interception test was successfully conducted on Jan. 11, 2010.

    The test was not unexpected. U.S. officials said Chinese missile defense testing facilities were under close intelligence surveillance since early January amid signs a missile defense interceptor test was to be carried out.

    The Washington Free Beacon reported in September that new intelligence had indicated the Chinese were planning to fire what they called a Dong Ning-2 anti-satellite missile that is part of Beijing’s program to target U.S. military communications, navigation, and targeting satellites in space.

    Pentagon officials had no immediate comment on the Chinese test.

    Maj. Catherine Wilkinson, a Pentagon spokeswoman, earlier this month declined to comment on Chinese plans for an ASAT test, citing a policy of not discussing intelligence matters.

    “We carefully monitor China’s military developments and urge China to exhibit greater transparency regarding its capabilities and intention,” she said. “Military-to-military dialogues between the United States and China featuring open and substantive discussions between our armed forces will help us improve mutual understanding, build trust, and reduce the risk of misperception and miscalculations.”

    A U.S. official said earlier this month there were signs in China that the missile defense test was being readied.

    Regarding the 2010 test, a State Department cable, disclosed by Wikileaks, revealed that China had launched an SC-18 missile from the Korla Peninsula and intercepted a near-simultaneous launched CSS-X-11 medium-range target missile from the Shuangchengzi Space and Missile Center.

    The cable noted the similarities between the missile defense interceptor and China’s ASAT missile. “An SC-19 was used previously as the payload booster for the Jan. 11, 2007, direct-ascent anti-satellite (DA-ASAT) intercept of the Chinese FY-1C weather satellite,” the cable said. “Previous SC-19 DA-ASAT flight-tests were conducted in 2005 and 2006. This test is assessed to have furthered both Chinese ASAT and ballistic missile defense technologies.”

    Richard Fisher, a China military affairs specialist, said the latest test also was carried out over Korla, China’s traditional center for anti-missile research dating to the 1960s.

    “So far the missile used for the Jan. 27 test has not been identified,” Fisher, with the International Assessment and Strategy Center, said. “It could be a second test of the SC-19 ASAT missile modified for warhead interception for the January 2010 test, or it could be a new missile.”

    Fisher said China is known to be developing several anti-missile systems. “One system sometimes referred to as the HQ-26 appears to be intended to have a capability similar to the Raytheon-built SM-3 [interceptor], the main system used by the U.S. Navy for missile defense,” he said.

    “China’s new missile is expected to arm a new large PLA Navy combat ship that has not yet been launched and is also expected to have a land-deployed version as well.”

    According to reports from China, an engineer from the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC), the state-run company most likely behind development of a HQ-26-like missile, has received a national prize for the development of a dual-pulse rocket engine, a technology also used on the SM-3, Fisher said.

    “China’s development of more capable theater missile defense systems addresses what for China is a practically non-existent threat,” Fisher said. “Other than North Korea and to a slight degree India, no country has the ability to target China with medium or intermediate range missiles.”

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    Dear Indian members, please email the author and tell him that he is deadly wrong on India's capacity.
     
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  3. sayareakd

    sayareakd Moderator Moderator

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    as long as our enemy knows that we are threat we dont need to worry, what others think.
     
  4. cir

    cir Senior Member Senior Member

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    To keep out the savages。
     
  5. ice berg

    ice berg Senior Member Senior Member

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    Duh, it is meant for NK and India.
     
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    Yusuf GUARDIAN Administrator

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    The author missed US missiles in SoKo and Japan and the SLBMs of US. Yeah China needs BMD
     
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    ice berg Senior Member Senior Member

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    Surely they are not medium or intermediate range missiles? I dont think US SSBNs carry those either.
     
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    Yusuf GUARDIAN Administrator

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    Your program has begun by testing defence against medium range missiles and will then widen to ICBM. India too doing the same.

    Off course the US does not need ICBMs to lob from SoKo or Jap. Or even Taiwan if need be :D
     
  9. average american

    average american Senior Member Senior Member

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    US Navy has 11,000 missile, USA does not have a lot of ground based missles
     
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    Yusuf GUARDIAN Administrator

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    You mean to say that there are no missiles stationed in SoKo and Japan?
     
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    this is indeed the weirdest part.....the only obvious reason chinese can think of is to counter the poential interfere from the US when prc has to deal with the taiwan issue in a way no one now wants to see.......there are many nations have ability to attack prc with ballistic missiles like NK russia EU india pak etc etc.......but who will go to protect taiwan???anyone other than the US?

    so how come chinese dont have reasons to develop this???
     
  12. Bhadra

    Bhadra Defence Professionals Defence Professionals Senior Member

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    Glad to know that you reckon your missiles with Pakistan as threat.

    Threat to Chinese in East Turkistan and in Tibet !! Threat to chinese in Gwadar port !!
     
  13. average american

    average american Senior Member Senior Member

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    Antiaircraft missiles, I doubt if their are ground to air or cruise missiles.
     
  14. ice berg

    ice berg Senior Member Senior Member

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    Shhh, not everyone knows the difference.
     
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    Yusuf GUARDIAN Administrator

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    I would be surprised if there would be none.
     
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    US has no need for stationary missiles launches when they got SSGNs and SSBNs.
     
  17. satish007

    satish007 Senior Member Senior Member

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    I pretty to ask why Chinese want everything
     
  18. GromHellscream

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    Because we are fan of US, and want to be as cool as them.

    Unknown = MKV
    Unknown (Tested this time) = GBI
    HQ19 = THAAD
    HQ26 = SM-3
    HQ29 = PAC-3
    HQ9 = PAC-2
    HQ16GA = SM-2
    HQ16GB = ESSM
    HQ9G = SM-6
    HQ10 = RAM
     

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