Monday, August 29, 2011

Responding to the Emerging Threat of Chinese Anti-Ship Ballistic Missiles in the Near-Space Environment

By Lt. Col. Wallace Steinbrecher,
170th Military Police Battalion Commander
March 1, 2011

The Chinese are preparing to operationally deploy a new variant of ballistic missiles specifically suited for U.S. aircraft carriers. This system can acquire, track, and engage at ranges greater than 1,000 miles.

In the near-term, the U.S. has existing technologies that can be quickly modified to counter this threat in the near-space (less than 60 miles in altitude) environment. In the long-term, developing technologies can be used to defeat this threat at all points during the flight envelope.

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