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China’s formidable rocket artillery; 10,000 nuclear warheads capable of destroying Russia and United States

WS-2D rocket artillery

WS-2D rocket artillery

The following is a translation from Chinese media, with commentary:

China’s qianzhan.com says in its report that the vice director of an [unnamed] Russian institute of political and military analysis has published an article on the serious underestimation of China’s military strength.

His article is aimed at warning the Russian military of China’s growing military strength, and not at scaring the US to become afraid of China.

Just as I pointed out in my post “China Wants Transparency by Busy Exposures of Its Top Weapons?” that “as always, China follows Sun Tze’s teaching in The Art of War, that the art of war is an art of deception. Therefore, one has to show one is unable to do when one is able to, and one has to show one has no intention to do when one has.”

For a long time China has tried hard to make experts outside China believe China still has a long way to go in modernising its military. Even though China does have some advanced weapons, their number is small.

Russian and Western experts have the “common sense” that producing advanced weapons in small numbers is not cost effective. Still they believe China’s allegations.

The expert says that China tries hard to make, and has indeed made, others believe that it has only 200 to 300 nuclear warheads, 30 DF-31 ICBMs and a little over a hundred intermediate-range ballistic missiles.

He believes that China may have over 1,000 ICBMs and at least 10,000 nuclear warheads judging by China’s production capacity.

He also talks about China’s huge army and tank forces and advanced aircraft and missiles, but what he worries most is Chinese army’s formidable rocket artillery, perhaps because a war between China and Russia will mainly be a ground one.

Rocket artillery is the Chinese army’s most powerful weapon. As it is carried on trucks, it is easy to conceal. However, the rockets lack accuracy as they are not guided like missiles; each rocket battalion has a reconnaissance drone to gather data to improve their accuracy.

As the rockets fly at hypersonic speed, they can hit their targets within five minutes, giving the enemy no time to defend. In comparison, the US Tomahawk cruise missile flies at subsonic speed and may take 2 hours to reach its target. That makes it easy to intercept the missile.

China’s rocket artillery is formidable as it is used to destroy a large area at very low cost compared with air raids and missile attacks. In an air raid, the attacker may suffer heavy losses of its expensive aircraft and pilots. Even missiles are much more expensive than the rockets.

Now China has independently developed its WS-2 series of rocket systems with the greatest fire power and range in the world. Its 400mm WS-2 rockets, with a six-tube launching truck, have a range of 200 km while the newest version WS-2D has a range of 350-400 km. Neither US nor Russian models are WS-2’s rival.

China’s WS-2D rockets, deployed at the coast across the Taiwan Strait, may hit anywhere on Taiwan Island. Those deployed near Russia may annihilate in a moment all Russian troops in Vladivostok, Ussuriysk, Khabarovsk, Blagoveshchensk and Belogorsk.

Source: qianzhan.com “Russian expert: PLA’s strength to confront US military squarely and toughly is gravely underestimated” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)


About chankaiyee2

Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee

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