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China surpasses U.S. in developing prompt global strike capabilities

Launch of Jilin-1 satellite group

Launch of Jilin-1 satellite group

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

Chinese military forum mil.huanqiu.com says that according China surpasses the U.S. in developing prompt global strike capabilities.

The report says that China’s Kuaizhou/Fei Tian dual-use mobile launch system and the surveillance satellite constellation consisting of 138 satellites point to the emergence of a capability similar to the United States’ Prompt Global Strike (PGS) programme.

The US PGS programme has been running since 2001 and involves combining intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), non-nuclear hypersonic warheads, and advanced surveillance systems to achieve precision strikes at intercontinental range.

Although funding allocated for the programme reached US$78.8 million for the fiscal year 2016, the US has not yet developed and deployed a PGS system.

The report also says that as China has measured and tested long-range conventional missile strike systems including the DF-21D and the DF-26 anti-ship ballistic missiles, and conducted 5 tests of hypersonic glide vehicles, there is an indication that China’s intercontinental PGS capabilities is perhaps taking shape.

In addition, China’s commercial Jilin satellite system also indicates the emergence of China’s PGS capabilities.

The Jilin-1 group of satellites consists of 4 satellites: one 450-kg major satellite with a resolution ratio of 0.72 metres, two dexterous image taking satellites with a resolution ratio of 1.3 metres and one checking satellite with dexterous image taking.

Chinese sources say that by 2030 there will be 138 satellites in the Jilin satellite system with a return visit speed of 10 minutes.

It is expected that the satellites will become smaller with higher resolution.

The PLA will use that satellite system to help its intercontinental PGS system update its targets.

As the DF-21D, DF-26, Kuaizhou and DN-2 systems are all controlled by the 2nd Artillery Corp., the potential PGS system based on the more powerful Kuaizhou-2 rocket will probably be controlled by the Corp.

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

Source: mil.huanqiu.com “Jane’s: China developing prompt global strike capabilities, surpassing the U.S. in progress” (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


3 thoughts on “China surpasses U.S. in developing prompt global strike capabilities

  1. This is all opinion, the US has weaponry that will not see the light of day that is so devastating that is hidden away in Area 51. If China thinks they are so badass, try taking on a couple of US carrier groups?…the US will have laser plane ready soon. The rail guns are operational…the F22’s from Guam alone will cause their ancestors to whimper in fear…..bring it China…


    Posted by Woody | January 14, 2016, 3:03 pm


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