CHINA’S NEW AIR-LAUNCHED MISSILES
In addition to hundreds of road-mobile and silo-based missiles of different sizes, ranges and trajectories, China is also developing a nuclear-armed ballistic missile fired from underneath a bomber.
Defense Intelligence Agency Director Army Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley made the unusual disclosure of the airlaunched ballistic missiles in testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee last Tuesday.
“The [People’s Liberation Army] is also developing and fielding numerous advanced, long-range land-attack and anti-ship cruise missiles, some capable of reaching supersonic speeds, and operated from ground, air, ship and submarine platforms,” Gen. Ashley stated. “These capabilities are being augmented with two new airlaunched ballistic missiles, one of which may include a nuclear payload.”
Air-launched ballistic missiles are new weapons