China's new hypersonic anti-ship missiles are a game-changer in the Pacific

Could China have stolen the courtesy from Russia by deploying a hypersonic anti-ship missile aboard its new Type 055 heavy destroyers ? In any case, this is the question that arises following the publication of photos showing the firing of a missile identified as YJ-21 from one of these ships, suggesting that the missile could actually be in service, or at least in an advanced test phase. As if this news alone wasn't enough, new pictures were broadcast showing a H-6N long-range naval bomber also carrying an anti-ship ballistic missile, which experts believe to be the CJ-21, the airborne version of the YJ-21, itself derived from the famous DF-21D long-range anti-ship ballistic missile implemented from land launchers since the beginning of the 2010s, and having already caused, with a range of 1700 km, a profound upheaval in the freedom of action of American and Western naval and air forces near the Chinese coast.

However, the US Navy had, for several years, implemented a response to the threat represented by the DF-21D and its big brother FD-26 with a range of 4500 km. Indeed, like the monitoring of ballistic missile firings forming the Chinese deterrent force, the deployment and firing of these anti-ship missile batteries are precisely monitored by American observation and intelligence satellites. In the event of aggressive fire against an American ship, this early detection would allow the escort ships to implement their anti-ballistic weapons, the SM-3 missile, to intercept the threat before it hits its target. At the same time, the threat posed by the YJ-12 and CJ-12 supersonic anti-ship cruise missiles, weapons with a flight profile comparable to that of the Russian Kalibrs, implemented respectively by ships (destroyers and submarines). sailors) and Chinese naval aircraft, was within range of the SM2 anti-aircraft missiles of American destroyers and cruisers. In fact, even if it should not be neglected, the threat represented by the new Chinese anti-ship missiles that have appeared in recent years was contained by the American Navy and its allies.

H-6N long-range bomber carrying a ballistic missile, probably a CJ-21

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