May 2016 – WASHINGTON – The defense capabilities possessed by the US, Russia and India are among the main factors driving China to modernize its nuclear force and bolster its strategic strike capabilities, the Pentagon has said. In a report to Congress detailing China’s nuclear power, Pentagon yesterday said the country was deploying new command, control and communications capabilities to its nuclear forces to improve control of multiple units in the field. China, it said, insists that the new generation of mobile missiles, with warheads consisting of multiple independently targeted re-entry vehicles (MIRVs) and penetration aids, are intended to ensure the viability of its strategic deterrent in the face of continued advances in the US and, to a lesser extent, Russian strategic ISR (Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance), precision strike, and missile defense capabilities.
“Similarly, India’s nuclear force is additional driver behind China’s nuclear force modernization,” the Pentagon said in its report. Through the use of improved communication links, ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) units now have better access to battlefield information and uninterrupted communications connecting all command echelons, the report said. According to the Pentagon, China is working on a range of technologies to attempt to counter the US and other countries’ ballistic missile defense systems, including maneuverable reentry vehicles ( MaRVs), MIRVs, decoys, chaff, jamming, and thermal shielding.
China has acknowledged that it tested a hypersonic glide vehicle in 2014. The country’s official media also cited numerous PLASAF (Peoples Liberation Army Second Artillery Force) training exercises featuring maneuver, camouflage, and launch operations under simulated combat conditions, which are intended to increase survivability, it said. Together with the increased mobility and survivability of the new generation of missiles, these technologies and training enhancements strengthen China’s nuclear force and bolster its strategic strike capabilities. –Economic Times
Technology pushing world closer to war: On January 11, 2007, China conducted an anti-satellite missile test using the Dong Neng-3 missile. From space weapons to armed drones, Chinese technology is accelerating into worrying new arenas, warned the 2015 Pentagon’s annual report on Chinese military power. In the event of a conflict with the U.S. and China, the population of the U.S. would likely lose the internet and all electricity in the opening rounds of any military attack. If China has anti-satellite missile technology, it’s safe to assume some of those same missiles also have EMP generating capabilities or they can be used as such weapons in high-altitude nuclear explosions over the U.S. mainland. Unmanned drones will become EMP weapons en masse in the very near future.
Operation Burnt Frost was the code name given to the military operation to intercept and destroy a non-functioning U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) satellite named USA-193. The launch occurred on 20 February, 2008 at approximately 10:26 p.m. EST from the USS Lake Erie, which used a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) to shoot down the satellite. Only a few minutes after launch, the SM-3 intercepted its target and successfully completed its mission, by neutralizing the potential dangers the errant satellite originally imposed. While the threat was mitigated, Operation Burnt Frost has received much scrutiny from other countries, mainly China and Russia. The U.S. is said to have had the anti-satellite missile technological capability to destroy satellites back as early as 1985. 1