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China’s newest powerful anti-ship missiles can sink Aegis destroyer

Launch of YJ-18 anti-ship missile from a warship

Launch of YJ-18 anti-ship missile from a warship

The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site:

War.163.com says in its report that the land-based version of the YJ-18 is now using a new generation of Changjian-XX ground-to-surface and ground-to-ground cruise missile and an anti-ship missile, which is able to sink an Aegis destroyer.

The report gives the following information which has now been declassified by the Chinese government:

China has previously imported the Russian 3M-54 Klub missiles with combined subsonic and supersonic technology that enable them to penetrate the missile defences of a warship.

The missile cruises at a subsonic speed of Mach 0.8 and at an altitude of 4.6 metres until it is 40 to 55 km away from its target.

Then it separates from its rear part and accelerates to Mach 2.9 within the 40-km range of the missile defence of its target warship, leaving its target warship not enough time to respond.

It has the anti-radiation capability to destroy 60% of the electronic system of its target warship even if it explodes 50 metres away from its target warship.

The report says that it is able to make a sharp turn with 10 g acceleration to avoid the enemy warship’s air defence fire.

There has also been an increase in the weight of its warhead to 500 kg to enable it to have much better armour piercing due to its much greater kinetic energy from its high speed of Mach 3 and greater mass.

The powerful explosion of its 500 kg high explosive will sink its target warship instantly when it hits its target.

Contributed by “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements” – Author of “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements” and “Space Era Strategy” – Also English/Chinese translation service

Source: war.163.com “Disclosure of China’s newest anti-ship missiles able to sink Aegis destroyer” (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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