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Nothing projects U.S. global air and sea power more vividly than supercarriers. China may soon put an end to that.
"China can reach out and hit the U.S. well before the U.S. can get close enough to the mainland to hit back," said Toshi Yoshihara, an associate professor at the U.S. Naval War College. He said U.S. ships have only twice been that vulnerable — against Japan in World War II and against Soviet bombers in the Cold War.
While China's Defense Ministry never comments on new weapons before they become operational, the DF 21D — which would travel at 10 times the speed of sound and carry conventional payloads — has been much discussed by military buffs online.
A pseudonymous article posted on Xinhuanet, website of China's official news agency, imagines the U.S. dispatching the George Washington to aid Taiwan against a Chinese attack.
The Chinese would respond with three salvos of DF 21D, the first of which would pierce the hull, start fires and shut down flight operations, the article says. The second would knock out its engines and be accompanied by air attacks. The third wave, the article says, would "send the George Washington to the bottom of the ocean."
Comments on the article were mostly positive.
Originally posted by Agit8dChop
reply to post by illusive man
I dont disagree...
... But China's record of humanity for citizens, its effort at concealment and its total lack of value for human life... is worse than the USA's I personally believe.
Id rather a US super power with all their current faults and efforts IE Iraq/Afghanistan/Corporations/Greed than a Chinese rule.
Originally posted by Cambion
Apart from the rest of the fleet with its destroyers/frigates and missile boats, what missile defence does the aircraft carrier itself actually have? Just asking because I'm not sure that they have any anti-missile defence weaponry on them.