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China’s military on Monday conducted the first test of a new ground-launched anti-satellite missile that was fired into space and disguised as a space-exploration rocket, according to U.S. officials.
The test was carried out early Monday from the Xichang Space Launch center and was identified by officials as the new Dong Ning-2 ASAT missile.
The ASAT test comes a week after China protested the release of the Pentagon’s annual report on the Chinese military buildup that mentioned Beijing’s development of anti-satellite weapons.
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
reply to post by Hopechest
Not everything has to disagree..indeed.
If anything, we might disagree in the impression I get from your writing..that China isn't building to be a major world military power. They are. Very hard at work, too. They're just doing it the way I think it proper. Major defense and to a level that makes attacking them almost suicidally dumb. Unlike the US....where it's about attack power and makes simply disagreeing with us, suicidally dumb.
There is something terribly wrong with that last approach, isn't there?
this was the USA's first success and the next test being in 2008
The first launch of the new anti-satellite missile took place in January 1984. The first, and only, successful interception was on September 13, 1985. The F-15 took off from Edwards Air Force Base, climbed to 38,100 feet (11,613 m) and vertically launched the missile at the Solwind P78-1, a U.S. gamma ray spectroscopy satellite orbiting at 555 km (345 mi), which was launched in 1979. Although successful, the program was cancelled in 1988.
Further tests carried out against a special target spacecraft, the DS-P1-M, which recorded hits by the IS warhead's shrapnel. A total of 23 launches have been identified as being part of the IS test series. The system was declared operational in February 1973.
Originally posted by Hopechest
I'd say China is securing southeastern Asia and its pretty impenetrable to the US or anyone else if fighting were to break out. I don't believe they have any plans to expand however.