China Building More Underground Silos for its Offensive Nuclear Missiles – Satellite Images Show

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As part of China’s ongoing efforts to reach military parity, if not superiority with the U.S. by the 100th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 2049, it appears to be building hardened silos for its growing nuclear ballistic missile force. Satellite imagery of new construction at a missile training area in north-central China appears to show construction of 11 underground silos.

This follows the construction of five other silos begun earlier at the same vast missile training range near Jilantai.

While the Pentagon declined to comment on the new imagery, this assessment of the commercial satellite images comes from Hans Kristensen, an expert on U.S., Russian and Chinese nuclear forces with the Federation of American Scientists. The 16 silos identified by Kristensen for China’s newer DF-41 missiles would be in addition to the 18-20 that China now operates with an older intercontinental ballistic missile, the DF-5, notes US News.

US News added:

Nearly all of the new silos detected by Kristensen appear designed to accommodate China’s newer-generation DF-41 ICBM, which is built with a solid-fuel component that allows the operator to more quickly prepare the missile for launch, compared to the DF-5’s more time-consuming liquid-fuel system. The DF-41 can target Alaska and much of the continental United States.

China already has a rail- and road-mobile version of the DF-41 missile.

“They’re trying to build up the survivability of their force,” by developing silo basing for their advanced missiles, Kristensen said in an interview. “It raises some questions about this fine line in nuclear strategy,” between deterring a U.S. adversary by threatening its highly valued nuclear forces and pushing the adversary into taking countermeasures that makes its force more capable and dangerous.

As I have previously written, the Pentagon predicts that the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Forces (PLARF) will at least double the size of its nuclear arsenal over the next 10 years, and recent estimates suggest China’s existing arsenal may be larger than previously believed.

China’s push for greater nuclear capabilities appears to be part of a larger strategy to counter the United States in the Pacific, even forcing it out altogether, so it can invade Taiwan. Frank Rose, a State Department arms control official during the Obama administration, said, according to US News, that:

China’s main interest is in building up its non-nuclear force of shorter- and intermediate-range missiles, which, combined with a cyberattack capability and systems for damaging or destroying U.S. satellites, could push the United States out of the western Pacific. This would complicate any effort by the United States to intervene in the event Beijing decided to use force against Taiwan.

Paul Crespo

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Joey Baloney
Joey Baloney
5 months ago

welcome to the new cold war and we have a president with dementia. great.

Shelley
Shelley
5 months ago
Reply to  Joey Baloney

It’s worse than that, we have a president who will side WITH China!

Shane
Shane
5 months ago
Reply to  Shelley

Sorry to say this but Biden is a round eyed chinaman

Geno Bouwens
5 months ago
Reply to  Joey Baloney

The Demonrats paid for all of it, all by way of Demonrat Bill Clinton free trade agreement to help developing countries…..Really? China a developing country? These socialist Demonrats in our government should be hung for treason. I have been saying it for years that why the hell are we helping a known enemy of our great country develop?.

Jack
5 months ago
Reply to  Geno Bouwens

For real 🤮🤯🤯

Geno Bouwens
5 months ago
Reply to  Joey Baloney

OOPS! I forgot to give a comparison in my other comment……this is like paying Japan to build ammunition and bomb factories so they can attack Pearl Harbor. I am sure China will pay Hunter a big price to squelch this somehow, and daddy will get 20% of it. (The Big Guy)

Michael Skok
5 months ago
Reply to  Geno Bouwens

When he was president, Clinton sold developing third world nation Communist Red China our supercomputers and missile technology.

Dinkus
Dinkus
5 months ago
Reply to  Joey Baloney

Dementia or without dementia Joe would approve of whatever China wanted to or has done.

Old Ladee
Old Ladee
5 months ago

Current administration will designate any opposition members as insurgents and will need UN troops and/or Chinese troops to help them quell the insurrection as our military won’t kill their own citizens.

Pissed Off America
Pissed Off America
5 months ago

Destroy the whole world over stupid pride. NO WINNERS, set back human progress 1,000’s of years .or wipe it out plus all the environmental damage. So for a few million years the planet will be dead and slowly will start over unless GOD sends Christ to fix it. MAN is STUPID. So what do the elite hope to gain? Are they going to hide in their bunkers for 10,000 years or ? The rest of us will be dead and can’t kiss their ass or pay them money. So this is ALL A BLUFF and THREATS or they have totally lost their minds. I’m not building a bunker to hide in as I too old to give a crap. God said this world would be destroyed by FIRE and it appears to get closer every day. All a FOOLS FOLLY!

Keith Clark
Keith Clark
5 months ago

And the Coup put that blithering fool Biden in charge of the nukes…..

Nrr
Nrr
5 months ago

but, but, but 80,000,000 + Americans voted for Biden and Kamala! Where are they??? They seemed to have vanished into thin air or did they ever exist? You be the judge!Hmmmmmm!

Orlando
Orlando
5 months ago

USA Has to be Ahead of CHINiSE TOTALITARIAN REGIME, they looking to Enslave all of US Like tHEIRE National BODIES

Jojodmonkey
Jojodmonkey
5 months ago

President Trump will be back soon and he will destroy the Chinese democrats

Roy
Roy
5 months ago

No need for Joe to have nuclear codes because he plans on just turning America over to his best friends, China.

Tim Kuehl
Tim Kuehl
5 months ago

Gee, isn’t it just peachy that Bill Clinton allowed China to acquire the technology from the United States to not only stage rockets for distance but to accurately aim them as well. How do you think that’s going to work out for world peace?

Tim Kuehl
Tim Kuehl
5 months ago
Reply to  Tim Kuehl

Oh, and lest we forget, Bill Clinton also allowed Iran to get through a Russian double agent, a critical formula that advanced their nuclear weapons research by an estimated 50 years.

Richard Hennessy
Richard Hennessy
5 months ago

All of our adversaries are becoming more aggressive with fraudulent, weak Biden in the White House. They know his background and have no respect for him. They know he is unqualified to be president.

Robert Sohn
Robert Sohn
5 months ago

The bible says that wars and rumors of war will continue to the very end. Only when Jesus Christ comes back to set up His eternal reign will there be true peace. Jesus Christ, the Messiah, will rule with a rod of iron. Until then, pray for righteous leaders to be raised up in godly knowledge and wisdom who can help lead our great nation and preserve national security. America started out as a great experiment in liberty and for liberty to be preserved, it will take another courageous remnant to help build tomorrow’s leaders who will fight for truth and honor. God bless.

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