Sub­ma­rine-launched mis­sile meets na­tional se­cu­rity needs: De­fense Min­istry

Global Times US Edition - - CHINA - By Guo Yuan­dan and Liu Xuanzun Page Edi­tor:

The sched­uled test was nor­mal, China’s Min­istry of Na­tional De­fense said on Thurs­day, when asked about the al­leged test launch of a JL-3 sub­ma­rine-launched bal­lis­tic mis­sile (SLBM) on June 2.

“Th­ese tests are not tar­geted at any coun­try or ob­jec­tive,” De­fense Min­istry spokesper­son Ren Guo­qiang said at a routine press con­fer­ence.

Ren was re­spond­ing to a ques­tion from the Global Times on re­ports that res­i­dents claimed to have seen an uniden­ti­fied fly­ing ob­ject (UFO) on June 2.

Just as me­dia and ne­ti­zens spec­u­lated on the true na­ture of the UFO, re­lat­ing it to a naval ex­er­cise that took place in the Bo­hai Sea and Bo­hai Straits at the same time, the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army Rocket Force and Navy hinted on June 3 that the “UFOS” could be mis­siles launched.

Chi­nese and for­eign re­ports then spec­u­lated that the mis­sile could be China’s new SLBM, the JL-3.

Dur­ing the press con­fer­ence, Ren did not ex­plain what weapon was used in the test, how­ever, if the in­for­ma­tion pro­vided in the ques­tion was wrong and it was not the JL-3, the spokesper­son would have de­nied it, as in many pre­vi­ous cases, mil­i­tary an­a­lysts said.

Mil­i­tary ex­perts told the Global Times that the JL-3 is China’s lat­est SLBM un­der de­vel­op­ment that is ex­pected to reach tar­gets far­ther away with higher ac­cu­racy and ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing more war­heads than China’s cur­rent SLBMS.

The SLBM might have a range of up to 14,000 kilo­me­ters and be equipped with 10 in­de­pen­dent guided nu­clear war­heads, Rus­sia’s state TV chan­nel Rus­sia To­day re­ported.

China al­ways pur­sues a de­fen­sive na­tional de­fense pol­icy and ac­tive de­fense mil­i­tary strat­egy, Ren said, not­ing that de­vel­op­ing weapons and equip­ment meets the ba­sic needs of safe­guard­ing na­tional se­cu­rity of China. leng­shumei @glob­al­times.com.cn

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