China’s Dong Feng 21D Has Power To Destroy Aircraft Carriers
August 6, 2010
(ChattahBox) – After years of speculation of its’ development, China has finally created a sophisticated anti-ship ballistic missile that is both inexpensive to make, and could possibly take down U.S. aircraft carriers.
It has been a worry of the U.S. for years: that China would be able to develop a weapon that could limit our maneuverability in areas like the South China Sea, one of several areas where American presence has long since been a matter of contention between the two nations.
Now, that fear has become a reality, but there is still very little information on the weapon itself, and its’ capabilities. But the possibilities are still startling.
“The emerging Chinese antiship missile capability, and in particular the DF 21D, represents the first post-Cold War capability that is both potentially capable of stopping our naval power projection and deliberately designed for that purpose,” Patrick Cronin of the Asia-Pacific Security Program told the Epoch Times.
“The Navy has long had to fear carrier-killing capabilities.”
Called the Dong Feng 21D, the ASBM will be possibly be the first of its’ kind, giving China a distinct military advantage against once safe fall backs for transportation anywhere around the world.
“[It has] the ability to disrupt our freedom of movement and narrow our strategic options,” Defense Secretary Roberts Gates was quoted as saying.
But the information in the report on the device is still incomplete. We will have to see what we find out over the coming weeks about its’ actual capabilities.