China Missile May End US Sea Dominance

It could wipe out aircraft carriers from 900 miles away
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Suggested by Disillusioned
Posted Aug 6, 2010 10:00 AM CDT
The aircraft carrier USS George Washington departs Busan, South Korea on Sunday, July 25, 2010.   (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adam K. Thomas)
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(Newser) – China is developing a powerful new missile that can take out aircraft carriers, a development that AP says could go a long way toward finally ending US dominance at sea and make it riskier to intervene in any potential dispute over Taiwan or North Korea. Final tests are expected this year for the Dong Feng 21D, would could be launched from land to destroy a carrier 900 miles away.

"The Navy has long had to fear carrier-killing capabilities," says an expert at the nonpartisan Center for a New American Security. "The emerging Chinese antiship missile capability, and in particular the DF 21D, represents the first post-Cold War capability that is both potentially capable of stopping our naval power projection and deliberately designed for that purpose."

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