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CHINA'S NEW SLBM OFFERS GREAT RANGE
Monday, November 28, 2022
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.Source: US Navy


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BEIJING - China's new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) is capable of reaching more targets within the United States. The new SLBM is the Ju Lang-3 (JL-3). This missile replaces the older JL-2 on China's fleet of ballistic missile submarines.

The JL-3 could enable Chinese submarines to strike targets in the United States from protected positions within the South China Sea. The JL-3 has sufficient range to reach Alaska and Hawaii. To reach the lower 48 states, Chinese ballistic missile submarines would need to modify their patrol areas. These submarines would need to more into the Yellow Sea or Western Pacific to hit a greater number of targets in the continental United States.

China has six Type 094 submarines equipped with 12 missile launchers. The main Chinese submarine base is on Hainan Island.

Source:  Popular Mechanics
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Author: Kyle Mizokami 

 
JAPAN WANTS LONG-RANGE MISSILES FOR PRE-EMPTIVE STRIKES
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
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TOKYO - Japan wants to acquire a "counterstrike capability." This proposal is currently under review by the Japanese government.

Political parties are advocating revisions to Japan’s pacifist constitution. Presently, these parties hold more than two-thirds of the seats in Japan’s diet. The Liberal Democrats see a "counterstrike capability" as constitutional if in response to evidence of an imminent enemy attack.

Japan wants to deploy more than 1,000 long-range cruise missiles. An extended range version of the Type 12 surface-to-ship missile could meet part of this need. In addition, Japan could purchase the U.S.-made Tomahawk cruise missile.

Source:  Stars & Stripes
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Author: Seth Robson & Hana Kusumoto 

 
CHINA INTRODUCES WL-3 LONG-RANGE UAV
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
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BEIJING - China unveiled the Wing Loong-3 long-range unmanned air vehicle (UAV) at the 14th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition. Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group developed the WL-3.

The Wing Loong series resembles the Reaper UAV developed by the United States. The Wing Loong UAVs are intended for reconnaissance and surveillance missions, but cam carry air-to-surface missiles.

The Wing Loong-3 is more capable than its predecessors and offers a range of 10,000 kilometers. The WL-3 is also larger than previous versions. This UAV has a length of 12.2 meters and a wingspan of 24 meters. Besides strike weapons, the WL-3 can be equipped with fourth-generation air-to-air missiles.

China has already exported earlier versions in the Wing Loong series to customers in Africa and the Middle East.

Source:  Interesting Engineering
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Author: Ameya Paleja 

 

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