EYE IN THE SKY

The Washington Times Weekly - - Geopolitics -

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.

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