A new form of naval warfare: China ‘hiding’ missiles for surprise attacks

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China is feared to be hiding missiles in shipping containers as part of a Trojan Horse-style plan to launch an attack anywhere in world, experts warn.

China has been secretly developing Trojan Horse-style missiles hidden in shipping containers that can be unleashed on enemy ports, experts warn.
Military analysts believe the country’s huge fleet of freighters and fishing vessels could be turned into warships with the use of the secretive container missiles.

The Sun reported, Disguised as a regular shipping containers, they can be sneaked on board a vessel to blend in seamlessly with the hundreds of others on board.


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The sheer number of container ships in the world makes them harder to pinpoint than warships in the event of war. Like the fabled Trojan Horse, the missiles would be quietly smuggled into or near an enemy port on a civilian vessel before being unleashed in a surprise attack. Rick Fisher, senior fellow in Asian military affairs at the International Assessment and Strategy Center, told The Sun Online while Chinese have not officially confirmed they have the missiles – it is likely they have them.

And the it was warned in a study by Stockton Center for International Law that the weapons could violate naval laws. Meanwhile, retired navy Capt. Jim Fanell, a former Pacific Fleet intelligence chief, previously said a containerised anti-ship missile would add a significant threat to the US navy. It comes amid a new wave of tensions between the US and China as the Communist giant challenges Washington‘s status as the world’s top superpower. China is known to be aggressively developing its military and is squaring up to the US – expanding its reach around the world, such as in Africa. A mock-up of the missiles first appeared at an arms fair in 2016 and since then there has been speculation since they may now be in service with China’s armed forces.

Mr Fisher believes the weapon fits with the Beijing‘s military strategy and likely would be used as an offensive capability against their enemies – potentially being smuggled into foreign ports anywhere in the world. Mr Fisher told The Sun Online “Chinese strategic preferences for surprise would strongly argue for acquisition” of the missiles. These would be fitted to “nondescript small Chinese ships in order to Mount Surprise missile raids against shore defences to assist follow on amphibious or airborne invasion forces”.

Fisher said shipping container missile launchers can be smuggled through ports or via highway ports of entry. They could then be stored for years in a climate-controlled building within range of US military bases, and taken out when needed for military operations. Mr Fisher said the containerised missiles would “offer China‘s leadership a wide array of options”. This includes “using larger container ships, thousands of fishing ships or stored containers in ports, to undertake military or terror mission strikes in a manner that can be denied if desired”.

The CCP (Chinese Communist Party) is fully capable of using containerized missiles to sow chaos when desired,” he insisted. For example, Chinese missile launching containers could be stored near the Port of Seattle. The Chinese would wait for the day they can launch an electromagnetic pulse warhead-armed missiles over the nearby nuclear ballistic missile submarine base Fisher said. “The EMP blast might take out electronics on the [submarines] and all over the base without having to launch a nuclear missile from China,” he said. “Washington would be in chaos, would not know against whom to retaliate, and perhaps China uses American distraction to begin its real objective, the military conquest of Taiwan.“

According to US officials, the weapons deployed in the containers are an advanced anti-ship missile called the YJ-18C, which is a version of the Russian Club-K weapon. The missiles fit into a standard 8 feet wide by 8.5 feet high by 20 feet or 40 feet long standard shipping container.

An online animation showing how the Club-K can be fitted into a container shows how the top comes off to reveal the missile with the front making away for the guidance system. According to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the missile has speed of up to Mach 3 – three times the speed of sound or 2,300mph. While not in the league of China’s hypersonic missiles, which can reach speeds of Mach 10, analysts believe they can still pack a punch. So far the only record of missile being fired from a container ship is a picture of a test carried out by Israel. A large number Chinese container ships enter US ports on the west and east coast making them well within range of the vast majority of the US fleet. “If this capability is confirmed, it will require a completely new screening regimen for all PRC flagged commercial ships bound for U.S. ports,” Fanell said. The Stockton Center‘s study concluded that loading weapons on civilian vessels clandestinely could violate international law.

It wrote: “Failure to comply with the law of armed conflict by surreptitiously incorporating merchant vessels into China’s warfighting/war-sustaining effort endangers civilian seafarers and puts all civilian ships at risk that may be operating in the area of hostilities.”
 

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China is feared to be hiding missiles in shipping containers as part of a Trojan Horse-style plan to launch an attack anywhere in world, experts warn.

China has been secretly developing Trojan Horse-style missiles hidden in shipping containers that can be unleashed on enemy ports, experts warn.
Military analysts believe the country’s huge fleet of freighters and fishing vessels could be turned into warships with the use of the secretive container missiles.

The Sun reported, Disguised as a regular shipping containers, they can be sneaked on board a vessel to blend in seamlessly with the hundreds of others on board.


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The sheer number of container ships in the world makes them harder to pinpoint than warships in the event of war. Like the fabled Trojan Horse, the missiles would be quietly smuggled into or near an enemy port on a civilian vessel before being unleashed in a surprise attack. Rick Fisher, senior fellow in Asian military affairs at the International Assessment and Strategy Center, told The Sun Online while Chinese have not officially confirmed they have the missiles – it is likely they have them.

And the it was warned in a study by Stockton Center for International Law that the weapons could violate naval laws. Meanwhile, retired navy Capt. Jim Fanell, a former Pacific Fleet intelligence chief, previously said a containerised anti-ship missile would add a significant threat to the US navy. It comes amid a new wave of tensions between the US and China as the Communist giant challenges Washington‘s status as the world’s top superpower. China is known to be aggressively developing its military and is squaring up to the US – expanding its reach around the world, such as in Africa. A mock-up of the missiles first appeared at an arms fair in 2016 and since then there has been speculation since they may now be in service with China’s armed forces.

Mr Fisher believes the weapon fits with the Beijing‘s military strategy and likely would be used as an offensive capability against their enemies – potentially being smuggled into foreign ports anywhere in the world. Mr Fisher told The Sun Online “Chinese strategic preferences for surprise would strongly argue for acquisition” of the missiles. These would be fitted to “nondescript small Chinese ships in order to Mount Surprise missile raids against shore defences to assist follow on amphibious or airborne invasion forces”.

Fisher said shipping container missile launchers can be smuggled through ports or via highway ports of entry. They could then be stored for years in a climate-controlled building within range of US military bases, and taken out when needed for military operations. Mr Fisher said the containerised missiles would “offer China‘s leadership a wide array of options”. This includes “using larger container ships, thousands of fishing ships or stored containers in ports, to undertake military or terror mission strikes in a manner that can be denied if desired”.

The CCP (Chinese Communist Party) is fully capable of using containerized missiles to sow chaos when desired,” he insisted. For example, Chinese missile launching containers could be stored near the Port of Seattle. The Chinese would wait for the day they can launch an electromagnetic pulse warhead-armed missiles over the nearby nuclear ballistic missile submarine base Fisher said. “The EMP blast might take out electronics on the [submarines] and all over the base without having to launch a nuclear missile from China,” he said. “Washington would be in chaos, would not know against whom to retaliate, and perhaps China uses American distraction to begin its real objective, the military conquest of Taiwan.“

According to US officials, the weapons deployed in the containers are an advanced anti-ship missile called the YJ-18C, which is a version of the Russian Club-K weapon. The missiles fit into a standard 8 feet wide by 8.5 feet high by 20 feet or 40 feet long standard shipping container.

An online animation showing how the Club-K can be fitted into a container shows how the top comes off to reveal the missile with the front making away for the guidance system. According to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the missile has speed of up to Mach 3 – three times the speed of sound or 2,300mph. While not in the league of China’s hypersonic missiles, which can reach speeds of Mach 10, analysts believe they can still pack a punch. So far the only record of missile being fired from a container ship is a picture of a test carried out by Israel. A large number Chinese container ships enter US ports on the west and east coast making them well within range of the vast majority of the US fleet. “If this capability is confirmed, it will require a completely new screening regimen for all PRC flagged commercial ships bound for U.S. ports,” Fanell said. The Stockton Center‘s study concluded that loading weapons on civilian vessels clandestinely could violate international law.

It wrote: “Failure to comply with the law of armed conflict by surreptitiously incorporating merchant vessels into China’s warfighting/war-sustaining effort endangers civilian seafarers and puts all civilian ships at risk that may be operating in the area of hostilities.”
I dont know what to make out of it.

1) The missiles are to be kept in STAND ALONE Containers.
2) They cannot be stocked on NON-CHINESE Ships.
3) They have to be stocked in a place where they do not hamper normal logistics and loading and unloading of Containers and Cargo.
4) To be hidden from normal port checks.
5) To shifted to TOP ROW of Container stack from Hidden Storage, in the middle of the Ocean.
6) All AUTOMATED Operations without any mail function and accident, which may result in severe damage to vassal it is been carried on.

However it can be done in one voyage, loaded from port itself, when it is decided to be launched on specific information about deployment of enemy asset in an specified area near to any shipping lane.

Any large deviation from normal shipping lane of a cargo ship itself is going to create alarm to any naval ship who is out on duty in high seas.

It is easier to load a missile on a railway wagon and faired around along with normal wagons, without much disturbance to weapon wagon which can be parked in yard whenever the need arise.
 
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I dont know what to make out of it.

1) The missiles are to be kept in STAND ALONE Containers.
2) They cannot be stocked on NON-CHINESE Ships.
3) They have to be stocked in a place where they do not hamper normal logistics and loading and unloading of Containers and Cargo.
4) To be hidden from normal port checks.
5) To shifted to TOP ROW of Container stack from Hidden Storage, in the middle of the Ocean.
6) All AUTOMATED Operations without any mail function and accident, which may result in severe damage to vassal it is been carried on.

However it can be done in one voyage, loaded from port itself, when it is decided to be launched on specific information about deployment of enemy asset in an specified area near to any shipping lane.

Any large deviation from normal shipping lane of a cargo ship itself is going to create alarm to any naval ship who is out on duty in high seas.

It is easier to load a missile on a railway wagon and faired around along with normal wagons, without much disturbance to weapon wagon which can be parked in yard whenever the need arise.
Why do you think they have been asking for ports all over the world. Equatorial Guinea, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Myanmar... All these countries will have these missiles. Since they are indebted to China, their administrations will do nothing. Lankans might protest a bit, but the others don't have the [email protected]

This format could also be tried for Indian Ocean; just like they try salami-slicing secretly when no one looks at the border territories. CCP knows that in case of a Sino-Indian war 2.0, we will block the Malacca Strait. PLAN is not strong enough to stretch their logistics that far and still be able to fight meaningfully. Therefore, they will use these disguised cargo ships to take out our naval assets.

Could do the same for American carriers from African ports in a possible confrontation. And these could be any ships - Burmese, Sri Lankan, Guinean, etc.
 

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