China de­vel­op­ing pre­ci­sion strike weaponry

Tar­get­ing re­lies on satel­lite net­work, early warn­ing tech­nol­ogy: ex­perts

Global Times US Edition - - TOPNEWS - By Shan Jie

China and Rus­sia are de­vel­op­ing their own pre­ci­sion air strike ca­pa­bil­i­ties as the US, UK and France at­tacked Syria over the week­end, mil­i­tary ex­perts said on Mon­day.

“Pre­ci­sion strike ca­pac­ity is a key of mod­ern war, Song Zhong­ping, a mil­i­tary ex­pert and TV com­men­ta­tor, told the Global Times on Mon­day. “It con­trols the scale of bat­tles and avoids sec­ondary vic­tim­iza­tion.”

The US leads the world in pre­ci­sion strikes with years of real-bat­tle test­ing and a com­pre­hen­sive choice of weaponry, Song as­serted.

“How­ever, the true ef­fect of the 105 mis­siles has not been proved de­spite the re­port from the US,” Song said.

“Though the three coun­tries rep­re­sent the global trend of pre­ci­sion strikes, their ca­pa­bil­i­ties need to be ob­served fur­ther.”

A Bei­jing-based mil­i­tary ex­pert who re­quested anonymity told the Global Times that such strikes boost the ef­fi­ciency of at­tack as the war zone be­comes more trans­par­ent and con­nected through real-time tech­nolo­gies.

“The US has the most ad­vanced pre­ci­sion strike tech­nolo­gies, and the UK and France, as al­lies of the US, can share US re­sources,” he said.

The three al­lies struck mil­i­tary tar­gets in re­sponse to the Bashar al-As­sad govern­ment’s al­leged use of chem­i­cal weapons in Douma, the last rebel-held town in Eastern Ghouta near the Syr­ian cap­i­tal, the Xin­hua News Agency re­ported.

US Joint Staff Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Ken­neth McKen­zie said the three de­ployed 105 weapons on Syr­ian tar­gets and all the West­ern na­tions’ air­craft safely re­turned to their bases.

Chi­nese mil­i­tary ex­perts in­di­cated that China and Rus­sia have also been de­vel­op­ing a pre­ci­sion strike ca­pac­ity.

“With pre­ci­sion strikes, Rus­sia has first-mover ad­van­tage com­pared with China. The Soviet Union, hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced the Cold War, has a mil­i­tary her­itage of pre­ci­sion strike weapons with ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies,” Song said. “Rus­sia can up­grade its pre­ci­sion strike weaponry on this ba­sis.”

China has also been de­vel­op­ing strike weapons, Song noted.

“The pre­ci­sion strike ca­pa­bil­i­ties that the US owns are also pos­sessed by Chi- na,” Song said. “Some Chi­nese ca­pa­bil­i­ties could even equal those of the US.”

But China’s ca­pa­bil­ity in this area lacks real bat­tle test­ing. Once China has ex­pe­ri­enced an “exam” in a real bat­tle­ground, then its ca­pa­bil­ity will see a step change, Song said.

Pre­ci­sion strikes call for mil­i­tary ca­pa­bil­i­ties in global re­con­nais­sance and early warn­ing, di­rect­ing and con­trol­ling tar­get­ing and nav­i­ga­tion of at­tack, the anony­mous ex­pert noted.

“Whether a coun­try can build a whole sys­tem is a big test for mod­ern in­for­ma­tion-based wars,” he said. Cur­rently only pow­er­ful coun­tries can re­al­ize the whole sys­tem, he said. “China’s BeiDou Nav­i­ga­tion Sys­tem could be used in this area,” he said.

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