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China believed to be developing ballistic missiles that target aircraft carriers

This does seem to be a logical step in warfare. I read how ships are vulnerable to nuclear attack. One missile being able to take out a whole armada. Nuclear weapons don't even need to reach the ships, but explode overhead.

China is believed to be working on targeting systems for its ballistic missiles, that would enable them to seek out and hit aircraft carriers.

Such sensors would use infrared (heat seeking) technology.

This sort of thing had been discussed for decades, but China appears to be putting together tactics, and missile systems, that could make this work. The key is having multiple sensor systems that can find the general location of the carrier, before launching the ballistic missile (like a DF-21, with a range of 2,100 kilometers).

The power of a nuclear attack on ships is graphically shown in this video of an undersea nuclear explosion



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There are rumors of a Chinese nuclear powered carrier. However if one is created they have been described as "nuthin’ but big, fat gray targets." If that is the case then surely the same applies to allied carriers?
By netchicken: posted on 19-5-2007








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