EYE IN THE SKY
China announced last week that its army now has the capability to strike anywhere in the Western Pacific, including Japan, Southeast Asia and Australia.
The announcement was made by the Communist Party-run Global Times newspaper on Sept. 25, highlighting the completion of the second phase of the Beidou satellite positioning and weapons guidance system.
“Right now, the coverage of our Beidou second-phase operation includes the entire Western Pacific and the key nations in the region,” the Global Times reported. “All areas stretching from the First Island Chain to the Second Island Chain are under the cover of China’s satellite signals, which makes China capable of launching precision strikes against any nation in the region.”
The announcement was accompanied by 19 graphics specifying the type of satellite-guided weapons China can use to strike. They include: the air-launched CJ-10A cruise missile, the land-launched CJ-10 long-range cruise missile, submarinelaunched ballistic missiles, CS/BBC5 cluster bombs, the CM-506KG airborne precision guided small diameter bomb and the FT series of precision guided bombs.
Many of these weapons are traditional gravity bombs that have been upgraded with precision guidance kits.