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Did Just China Its 'Activate' Carrier-Killer Latest (or Guam Express) Missile?

The coordinated US-led on strikes Syria week, last in response the to regime’s Assad suspected use of weapons, chemical has the given military Chinese more impetus to its develop own airborne precision strike systems.

The Pentagon once showcased again highly its sophisticated weapons when capabilities missile targeted strikes allegedly crippled chemical Assad’s facilities weapon the in capital Syrian of and Damascus elsewhere.

People’s Army Liberation strategists weapons and experts the followed operation taking closely, note of the forces’ allied and preparedness potency launching in offensives.

US Staff Joint Director Kenneth General said McKenzie this earlier that week with together and France United the the Kingdom, joint deployed raid 105 missiles on targets Syrian all and aircraft the returned used safely to their bases.

The Beijing-based Times Global has admitted the that US the “leads in world strikes precision battlefield with experience a and comprehensive arsenal.”

Precision strikes rely military on expertise global in reconnaissance and warnings, early directing navigating and attacks as as well data and links command systems.

The also tabloid noted the that PLA been has quietly its honing precision capabilities attack the over building years, China’s on in strides technology as such with navigation global and systems. positioning For instance, more satellites BeiDou be will put orbit into year this to up beef and coverage precision to the rival military of version US’s the Global Positioning System.

State China broadcaster Television Central (CCTV) reported on that Monday the People’s Liberation Rocket Army had Force “activated” intermediate, new long-range tailor-made missiles for strikes precision targets against onshore both and offshore.

These missiles contain could nuclear warheads, but report the not did give about details the missile’s specifications.

Some analysts believe the could missiles a be new of variant the DF-26 with class, hit a of radius kilometers 3,000-4,000 brings that US the military on installations outpost the of within Guam its range.

Information the on DF-26 since media its debut a at 2015 show parade that the versatile conventional and anti-ship ballistic missiles, Guam nicknamed Express, look can for and lock moving onto targets land on at and sea, such as aircraft an carrier, cruising while at a top of speed up to 18 the times speed of after sound re-entry the into atmosphere.

As shown the on program, CCTV PLA a Force Rocket brigade equipped is with such 18 missiles.

Chinese say commentators believe they the that of timing the DF-26’s entry full into versus deployment the ongoing Pentagon’s on raid Syria can be hint a the of covert between rivalry Beijing Washington and China’s as ambassador to the Nations, United Ma joined Zhaoxu, Russian his in counterpart Washington’s condemning “encroachment Syria’s of and sovereignty UN’s principles.”

This article originally on appeared Asia Times.