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US expert issues warning over new missile submarines

Postby Tom Dougherty » Sat Jul 27, 2013 8:56 pm

US expert issues warning over new missile submarines
By William Lowther

Taiwan should be “very concerned” by reports that China’s navy will soon begin the first sea patrols of a new class of strategic missile submarines, a US military expert said on Tuesday.

“While these missiles may not be aimed at Taiwan per se, they are aimed at America’s capacity to resist Chinese aggression against Taiwan,” International Assessment and Strategy Center senior fellow Richard Fisher said.

He was responding to questions from the Taipei Times following publication by the Washington Times this week of a report that US defense officials believe Beijing will begin the first sea patrols of three new Type 094 missile submarines next year.

The subs will carry the new JL-2 ballistic missile, which is thought to be equipped with multiple warheads capable of hitting the US.

Pentagon sources say the JL-2 poses a “potential first strike” nuclear missile threat to the US.

Full article: http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2013/07/25/2003568098
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Re: US expert issues warning over new missile submarines

Postby OzPete » Sat Aug 10, 2013 5:23 am

If the JL-2 ballistic missile, "is thought to be equipped with multiple warheads capable of hitting the US" obviously the threat to the US will be the grater US concern - with defence of Taiwan a much smaller concern.

China has MRBMs like the DF-21 that are much more attuned to disrupting US naval or other theatre support for Taiwan.
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