China has successfully tested a submarine launched missile which can unleash a nuclear holocaust anywhere in the United States, sources have revealed.
The game-changing Chinese military flight tested the Julong-3 missile that will be deployed with the next generation of ballistic missile submarines which are in the pipeline.
Chinese authorities have denied the test but a well placed source within the American military has confirmed to The Diplomat the launch took place last month.
Type 096 nuclear ballistic missile submarines remains under construction and is expected to begin sea trials in three years.
A US Department of Defence report said:
“China’s four operational JIN-class SSBNs represent China’s first credible, seabased nuclear deterrent.”
Geopolitical analysts widely fear a showdown between the United States and China over who controls the South China Sea as well as the independence of Taiwan which could spiral out of control and lead to World War 3
China has also been developing a whole next-generation battery of weapons including hypersonic missiles and electromagnetic railguns.
Military bosses are bent on transforming the armed forces into the world’s most powerful and have set a target of 8.1 per cent growth.
Sam Roggeveen, a visiting fellow at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre of the Australian National University in Canberra, said: “The pace and scale of this build-up is really dramatic.”
From stealth fighter jets to long-range air-to-air missiles to an increased push into artificial intelligence and quantum computing, China’s progress in military technology is about to pose a serious threat to the rest of the world.
The progress is so troubling, Admiral Harry Harris — head of the US military’s enormous Pacific Command — has issued a scary warning about China’s capabilities.
“China’s impressive military build-up could soon challenge the United States across almost every domain,” he told News Asia earlier this month.
“Key advancements include fielding significant improvements in missile systems, developing fifth-generation fighter aircraft capabilities, and growing the size and capability of the Chinese navy to include their first overseas base in the port of Djibouti.”
While China is working toward building enhancing many different types of technology to bolster its military presence, here – according to news.com.au – are the developments of most concern.
The first experimental deployment of a new ‘supergun’ aboard a warship is one of the most high profile additions to China’s military.
Images of the weapon, which places China ahead of the United States, first surfaced after being leaked by defence analyst Dafeng Cao who observes China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy.
Cao sourced a number of images of a PLAN Type 072III-class warship, apparently showing a rail gun on board.
What the hell is this? pic.twitter.com/sQDAsHd7A3
— dafeng cao (@dafengcao) January 31, 2018
On November 24, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army-Navy conducted the first known flight-test of the JL-3 solid-fuel, submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), U.S. government sources with knowledge of the test confirmed to The Diplomat.
The test, which was first reported by the Washington Free Beacon, took place in the Bohai Sea from a modified conventional submarine, the sources said. The Type 096 nuclear ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) remains under construction and is expected to begin sea trials in three to four years.
Chinese authorities have not publicly confirmed the test.
The test on November 24 did not see the JL-3 fly to its full range. The first flight test likely verified the system’s proper cold ejection from the submarine-based launch tube. The missile’s full range is likely to be in excess of 9,000 kilometers, according to U.S. intelligence estimates.
The JL-3, along with the Type 096, will mark the modernization of China’s sea-based nuclear deterrent, which became operational only recently. Currently, Beijing is known to operate at least four, but possibly as many as six, Type 094 SSBNs armed with the JL-2 SLBM—an SLBM based off the land-based DF-31 solid-fuel intercontinental-range ballistic missile.
The JL-3 is expected to offer a considerable range extension over the JL-2, which has been estimated by U.S. military intelligence to possess a range of just over 7,000 kilometers. That means the SSBNs carrying these missiles would be out of range of continental United States-based targets.
The range of the JL-3, meanwhile, would allow Chinese submarines to strike at continental U.S. targets from further away, increasing their survivability by reducing the need to navigate into contested waters in the Western Pacific in a conflict, for example.
“China’s four operational JIN-class SSBNs represent China’s first credible, seabased nuclear deterrent,” the U.S. Department of Defense’s 2018 report on Chinese military power noted.
“China’s next-generation Type 096 SSBN, reportedly to be armed with the follow-on JL-3 SLBM, will likely begin construction in the early-2020s,” it added.
Given the expected life-spans of both the operational Type 094 and the next-generation Type 096, the People’s Liberation Army-Navy is likely to operate both types of SSBNs concurrently. All of China’s operational Type 094 SSBNs are based at a base near Yulin on Hainan Island in the South China Sea.
The total size of China’s planned SSBN force remains uncertain, but it is likely that Beijing will shift its efforts away from the Type 094/JL-2 to the Type 096/JL-3 in the coming years.
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
December 22nd, 2018