New York: China is accelerating the testing of new medium and long-range ballistic missiles, according to new US intelligence reports.
The new Chinese missile development could affect Taiwan and US strategy toward China, especially if China were ever to attack Taiwan, the Aviation Week and Space Technology (AW and ST) reports citing the intelligence reports.
The Chinese tests indicate that China is gaining a much more powerful ability to militarily deter the US or attack US soil or assets such as aircraft carriers at sea, the report said.
The Asian giant is also demonstrating a wide range of new tactics with those missiles.
Much of this information, the report says, comes from several US Air Force Defense Support Programme (DSP) missile warning spacecraft watching China from geostationary orbit, 22,300 miles above the Earth.
The report quotes Edward Tagliaferri, a longtime independent consultant to the Air Force and Northrop Grumman on use of the spacecraft, as saying, “Both the Chinese and Iranians have vigorous test programmes. The number of (ballistic missile launch) events we are seeing with DSP are increasing.”
“China’s missile testing is surpassing anything since the Soviet Union’s missile build up of the 1960s,” John Pike, director of Globalsecurity.org, says in the Aviation Week report.