BEIJING, December 30 (ChinaMil) -- 2015 is an important year for the development of China’s strategic nuclear forces with combat capability enhanced, pointed out Vasily Kashin, an analyst with the Center for Analyses of Strategies and Technologies, in an interview with Sputnik on December 29, 2015.
New evidence showed that strategic nuclear forces had undoubtedly become one of the priorities of China’s military construction, according to Kashin. It backs the statement that China will ultimately develop into a nuclear superpower.
Strategic nuclear forces occupied a central position in the parade commemorating the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression. China’s state media show an extremely open and positive attitude towards reporting China's strategic weapons this year.
The most important iconic event for China to develop its national strategic nuclear forces is the deployment of the first battery of DF-5B intercontinental ballistic missiles with multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicle (MIRV), with which China can greatly increase damage to enemies.
China’s strategic nuclear forces also improve its ability against missile defense system. China has created a technology base to rapidly expand nuclear arsenal and ultimately develop itself into a nuclear superpower.
The second achievement is that China’s nuclear missile submarine has begun its patrol, according to a recent report. China will no longer only rely on ground-based ballistic missiles to guarantee its national security. The PLA Navy will give priority to deploy nuclear missile submarine to combat and patrol within China in future.
China also displayed two new medium-range missiles – DF-16 and DF-26. The latter has three improved versions to carry high-precision conventional warhead, nuclear warhead and anti-ship missile respectively.
Range of DF-26 can cover all bases of United States in the Asian-Pacific region. DF-26 can also threaten the U.S. aircraft carrier battle group, reducing the ability of United States to respond to crisis in the Asian-Pacific region.
China will continue to test new weapons, including new missile DF-41 and its rail-mobile version, new intercontinental missile DF-31 and its improved version DF-31B. These missiles can carry MIRV and employ new types of launchers. In addition, China is developing mobile supersonic warhead, which is expected to make achievement by the end of 2020. From a technical point of view, China may be on an equal footing with two nuclear superpowers.
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