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China Launches Powerful Long March 6 Rocket Capable Of Carrying 20 Warheads

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    China Launches Powerful Long March 6 Rocket Capable Of Carrying 20 Warheads
    By Michael Kaplan @michaeld_kaplan m.kaplan@ibtimes.com on October 06 2015 8:05 AM EDT

    China has launched its first Long March 6 rocket into orbit with 20 small satellites, making it the third country to use a mulit-payload technology, South China Morning Post reported Monday. The successful launch was expected to put China in a better bargaining position with the United States as China prepares to test larger boosters in the next few months.

    “The launch will send a message to the US that the PLA now is capable of breaking its ballistic missile defense system in Asia, because … the multi-payload technology can also be used on the DF-41 [long-range nuclear missile],” military policy analyst He Qisong of Shanghai University of Political Science and Law told the newspaper.

    The DF-41 is considered China's most powerful weapon, and can carry up to 10 warheads. The new technology used in the Long March 6 is expected to strengthen the weapon, potentially allowing it to carry some 20 warheads and aim at various targets.

    The Long March 6 is a liquid propellant carrier rocket, developed by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology. It was designed as a light capacity vehicle, meant to complement the heavier Long March 5 rocket.

    The rocket marks a move from previous satellite launchers that burn toxic propellants. The first launch of the new technology was reportedly successful, as U.S. military tracking data reportedly showed objects attributed with the mission were in near-circular orbit 326 miles above Earth. It was launched from the Taiyun space center in northern Chinese Shanxi province in September. Similar technology is already used by the U.S. and Russia.

    The rocket is designed for quick use, allowing Chinese officials to launch when needed. “We believe it will greatly boost the competitiveness of Chinese carrier rockets in the international market. The new model will also significantly improve our ability to access space,” Zhang Weidong, of the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology, said in an article by China’s state-affiliated Xinhua news agency, according to Spaceflight Now.

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    WW3: China unveils 'scattergun' nuke capable of defeating US missile shield
    CHINA has unveiled a rocket capable of defeating the US missile shield – by firing a scattergun of 20 nuclear warheads.
    By David Trayner/Published 6th October 2015

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    The Communist regime – which is North Korea's closest ally – has successfully launched the Long March 6 rocket – which can carry 20 small satellites into space.

    But China can easily combine the "multiple payload" technology – until now only held by the US and Russia – with its existing missiles to deliver a HELISH RAIN of nukes over America.

    The shock launch has sparked fears of a new nuclear arms race – just as Russia is challenging the US for global supremacy again.

    China – which has by far the world's biggest army – boasted about the Long March 6 debut from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre on state TV.

    But a second launch – of a computerised missile that matches the US military system known as C4ISR – was hushed up.

    Defence analysts have suggested China could use the Long March 6 technology with its JL-3 nuclear submarine-launched ballistic missile or the DF-41 – which the Pentagon describes as the country's most powerful weapon.

    The People's Liberation Army is yet to acknowledge the existence of the DF-41 – which has a range of 7,500 miles – but the Pentagon says Beijing has launched at least four full tests of the missile since 2012. China is just 7,200 miles from the US.

    The deadly combination could carry 20 nuclear warheads – and hit as many different targets.

    Defence policy specialist He Qisong – of the Shanghai University of Political Science and Law – told the SCMP: “The launch will send a message to the US that the PLA now is capable of breaking its ballistic missile defence system in Asia because the multi-payload technology can also be used on the DF-41."

    Hong Kong-based military expert Liang Guoliang told the SCMP: “The successful launch of the Long March 6 plus the advanced C4ISR operations will enhance China’s strategic threats to its enemies.

    “This means command systems from the PLA’s powerful Central Military Commission to soldiers at the firing point have all been computerised to support the missile battalion to make all-weather, rapid and accurate shots.”

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    Any effort that contributes national security and world peace is commendable.

    Being strong and intimidating will keep reckless and adventurous governments (big and small) in check.

    Peace and harmony is what China seeks.
     
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    It's an effective deterrent.