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China has new nuclear-tipped, submarine-launched ballistic missile capable of hitting US

China missile fear: U.S. vulnerable to nuclear-tipped submarine-launched missiles, Pentagon warns

 

Shaun Waterman
Washington Times
July 11, 2013

 

China maintains the fastest growing fleet of ballistic and cruise missiles on the planet, and soon will deploy a nuclear-tipped, submarine-launched ballistic missile capable of hitting the United States from Chinese waters, according to a new Pentagon report.

Beijing’s swelling missile arsenal includes a new submarine-launched JL-2 ballistic missile that will for the first time enable Chinese submarines to strike parts of the United States from China’s coastal waters, states the 2013 Ballistic and Cruise Missile Threat Assessment, produced by the Department of Defense's National Air and Space Intelligence Center.

It adds that the number of Chinese ICBM nuclear warheads capable of reaching the United States “could expand to well over 100 within the next 15 years.”

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