China planning to destroy U.S. military satellites as part of a first strike attack

Monday, November 23, 2015
By Paul Martin

by: J. D. Heyes
Monday, November 23, 2015

The Chinese military continues to perfect its anti-satellite warfare capabilities with a recent flight test of a new ASAT missile, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

For almost two decades Beijing has increasingly boosted its annual defense budget to improve weapons systems for the People’s Liberation Army, Navy (PLAN) and Air Force (PLAAF). But despite advances, the Chinese military remains far behind the United States and, to a lesser degree, Russia, in terms of technological capabilities.

In fact, as noted by Paul Dibb, writing in The National Interest in October:

“This isn’t to argue that China is in the final stages of disintegration like the USSR, but it is to assert that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) demonstrates all the brittleness and paper-thin professionalism of a military that has never fought a modern war and whose much-vaunted military equipment has never been tested in combat.”

That said, the Chinese have made substantial advances in so-called “asymmetrical” warfare capabilities, and the anti-satellite missile is one of those systems. In fact, as the WFB notes, the new missile, once fully tested, will be added to a bevy of space weapons that Beijing is assembling as a means to counter U.S. superiority in the celestial battlespace, given that the Pentagon’s most advanced systems are satellite-guided.

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