Beijing: Amid rivalry with the US, China is reportedly building more underground chambers to launch its most powerful intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).
According to a report by the South China Morning Post (SCMP), the underground chamber is being developed in the north of the country and is designed to carry DF-41 and DF-31 AAG missiles with a range of 10,000 km. To 14,000 km – and she can reach American easily.
In February, a Washington-based think tank published a report claiming that the Chinese Army’s Rocket Force had already begun construction of at least 16 underground chambers in a missile training area in Wuhai in Inner Mongolia. is.
It said that China was expanding its nuclear strategy amid intense military rivalry with the US.
The new underground chambers are located in the center of the training base and are 2.2 km and 4.4 km apart, so that they cannot be destroyed in a nuclear attack. They are set up within a total area of 200 sq km.
China’s official policy is that it will not be the first to use nuclear weapons in the event of a conflict, but it also emphasizes the need for nuclear deterrence and the response to a possible nuclear attack.
However, a Washington-based think tank report said that even if China doubled or tripled the ballistic missile’s underground chamber, it would be far behind the US and Russia in terms of nuclear attack capability.
The US has 450 underground chambers, filled with 400 missiles, while Russia has 130 active underground chambers, while China has 18 to 20 active underground chambers.