During the Cold War, there were 2 global forces who showed the world dominance. The democratic side of the U.S.A and the opposing communist side of the Soviet Union. In 1991, the Soviet Union was officially destroyed defining the end of the conflict. However, there was still one country who threatens U.S.A until now. There was one country who was influenced by Soviet Union and followed its legacy. That country is China.
After the Cold War, China's economy grew really fast. They built progressive exports, they also became strengthen their military forces to show dominance over democracy.
So, what power does China have to face off against United States? Well, this is the top 3 ranking of armories from China which can be dangerous to United States in my opinion.
3. Type 094A Class Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine (SSBN)
There are 2 types of nuclear submarines in the world. The first type is the nuclear ballistic missile submarine(SSBN). The systems of the machinery are all operated by nuclear generators which generate enough energy to activate the submarine. However, the most dangerous part of it is that it has several nuclear ballistic missiles which can turn the entire world into bloodbath. The other type of the submarine is the Nuclear Anti-Ship Missile Submarine(SSN). As well as the SSBN, it is also powered with nuclear generators starting the systems. However, it has more torpedoes and anti-ship missiles to target down other submarines, battleships and even jet fighters. Among these types, the Type 094A Submarine is a SSBN.
Before these giant of the seas were invented, China did not have enough skills to construct their own SSBN. Apart from United States and Soviet Union, their SSBNs had disadvantages such as making loud noises while moving which makes it easier for the enemies to target it and the range of the ballistic missiles were too short that it couldn't even reach distances up to 9,000 km. Furthermore, it couldn't attach various types of missiles when needed in certain situations. Then, China found a solution to these problems and was able to alarm several countries.
This titan of the ocean truly is effective. Its length is up to 133 meters long, weighs 8,000 tons and is called one of the deadliest submarines in China. Inside this machine are 12 deadly ballistic missiles which can certainly reach distances up to United States to deal serious damage to the entire nation. Also, its fire power has improved by several miles. Before being upgraded to the Type 094A, the Type 094 SSBN had weak fire power which sent ballistic missiles only up to distances of 8,000 km. As it innovated, the fire power increased the range of the ballistic missiles up to 11,200 km. That's a great improvement! Furthermore, it has a noise reduction system to improve its survival against the enemies as well as developed sonar to detect and target them without any consequences.
Soon, this beast of the seas might be able to be actually placed in the Chinese military to show United States to watch their step. However, the conflict will continue as China keeps on trying to innovate their old SSBNs into other newer types. For example, the Type 094A SSBN is planned to be innovated into Type 096 SSBN.
2. DF-ZF Hyper-sonic Glide Vehicle (HGV)
Have you ever heard China can attack anytime at anywhere within just 1 hour? Yes, they surely can. This is the DF-ZF Hyper-sonic Glide Vehicle. It's a vehicle which can glide through Earth's atmosphere and shoot nuclear projectiles with great speed.
How does the DF-ZF Hyper-sonic Glide Vehicle (HGV) Work?
The way this armory works is kind of similar to a ballistic missile. First, it launches itself to the Earth's atmosphere with ballistic missile propulsion which can take this dangerous machine up to as high as 100 km high. Then, a vehicle will separate itself from the warhead. Later, it will control it's direction and glide through the target. Finally, it will drop bombs, missiles and etc to enemy's military system.
Speed of the DF-ZF Hyper-sonic Glide Vehicle (HGV)
As it glides, the speed of this weapon will easily reach up to mach 5-6. However, if necessary, it can reach speeds up to mach 10. That is approximately 3 times faster than Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird which is one of the fastest strategic reconnaissance aircraft in the world, which reaches speed up to mach 3.
How far can the DF-ZF Hyper-sonic Glide Vehicle (HGV) Go in 1 Hour
Also, the speed of it reach distances about 12,240 km/h and China's biggest enemy, the U.S is 10,000 km away. This defines that it can certainly reach United States when shot from the Chinese borders. Furthermore, we can't forget that this progress can happen just within per hour.
Advantages of the DF-ZF Hyper-sonic Glide Vehicle (HGV)
However, an Inter Continental Ballistic Missile(ICBM) is twice as faster than it. It can reach speeds up to mach 20-25. Therefore, the Chinese ICBMs can strike the U.S borders within just 30 minutes. Although faster at speed, this subject has other disadvantages. For example, as it launches itself and fly towards the cities of U.S, the Air Defense Network Systems which many were already stationed by the government, will easily target it. However, the DF-ZF HGV can control its directions, avoid as well as weaken incoming interceptor missiles from the networks including THAAD(Terminal High Altitude Area Defense). Also, it can carry nuclear warheads and target several regions at once.
Threats of the DF-ZF Hyper-sonic Glide Vehicle
Using this weapon is really dangerous. It can give a great impact to the world and change it into a planet with no life and hope. The conflict will still rage on as United States and Russia try to encounter China's HGV with their own ones. Currently, United States invented the X-51A Wave-Rider while Russia added their own Hyper-sonic Missile called Zircon on to their collection.
The Most Threatening Of All Time for United States
We have so far checked top 2 weapons from China which threatens United States. Now, it's finally the time to introduce the number one armory which can devastate United States apart. What can be this subject? Let's find out!
1. DF-21D Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile
This armory is one of the first anti-ship ballistic missile in the world as it shows dominance over the seas. The way it shows dominance can be really brutal to United States and other Naval forces from other countries. I will give you a hint of how can this be devastating. There are U.S warships stationed all over relevant regions of the Pacific including the Coast of Japan and Korea. This defines a threat to China so, they have created this anti-ship ballistic missile to stand up against those elite forces from Untied States. That's why it is feared from many countries especially U.S. due to possibility of having fatal casualties and losing expensive technology. It even has a nickname which is called the 'Aircraft Carrier Killer'.
What is DF-21D Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile
This type of missile is developed from the type DF-21 Medium-Range Ballistic Missile(MRBM) which is a ballistic missile used in land combats. However, as it innovated into different types, the DF-21D Ballistic Missile was known to strike naval forces making it a threat to many other countries.
How Does the DF-21D Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile Work
The way this missile works is just like any ballistic missiles. First, it will launch itself towards Earth's atmosphere with ballistic missile propulsion which is powerful enough to break through tough gravitational levels. Then, it will release the warhead towards enemy battleships to strike them down. Finally, depending on the speed the ship is moving, it will control its directions and target it as soon as they can. Its range easily reaches distances up to 1,300 km and if necessary, it can even reach distances up to 3,000 km. That is one deadly missile!!!
However, this progress isn't that simple. Before striking, first, they need to detect the movements of U.S warships with satellites or unmanned aerial vehicles to earn and organize the data they've got. Then, they need to shoot the ballistic missile and it needs to transfer the data to enemy battleships to trick them into a trap. Finally, the missile's ballistic needs to control its direction and target it within short periods of time. The time limit of accomplishing this is 10-20 minutes if they were to strike down enemy carriers with no consequences. We should be surprised that China has made this kind of technology.
Advantages of the DF-21D Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile
Now, time to talk about what these things really do.
Firstly, the operational range of an aircraft carrier is about 1,000 km and the missile's range easily reach distances over that. That way, it can attack anywhere at anytime in the pacific borders and repel any U.S forces coming to Korea & Japan.
Now, several U.S destroyers could target any threats incoming for their relevant naval supplies, but China upgraded their anti-ship ballistic missile once again so now, it can separate its nuclear projectiles into different regions and spin while doing this which makes them reaching speeds up to mach 10. Therefore, it is impossible to target them with interceptor missiles and it is just an matter of time until it strikes any naval forces which comes in their way.
Threats to DF-21D Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile
This Chinese ballistic missile seems to be impossible to repel, but actually there is no such as thing as impossible. If it is impossible, you need to make it possible. U.S made a strategy to intercept China's most terrifying anti-ship missile. The strategy is to send unmanned fighters to strike any anti-ship ballistic missiles on Chinese borders before it reaches any relevant warships for combat. However, the range of the fighters are about 1,000 km so, it will run out of fuel before it even reaches Asia. Therefore, it is being arranged with unmanned aerial tankers to refuel other fighters while in battle to increase the range of it up to 3,000 km. This might be an efficient way because this operation could deal with less casualties and money. However, we don't know yet how is China going to threaten United States with this armory in the future.
The DF-21D Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile has been a true terror throughout the world. As China upgrades its weaponry collection, the battlefront of the Pacific would even burn up more. Well, as we learn these subjects we need to hope that these things are never used in real life to keep peace and hope in Earth.