Skip to comments.Russian general says Chinese warhead arsenal larger, more lethal than U.S. estimates
Posted on 06/29/2012 8:51:18 AM PDT by kevcol
Chinas nuclear warhead stockpile is more than twice as large as U.S. intelligence estimates and could include as many as 3,000 warheads, according to a retired Russian general and former strategic forces commander.
Col. Gen. Viktor Yesin, the former head of the Strategic Rocket Forces, revealed in a May 2012 article that based on estimated stocks of up to 70 tons of uranium and plutonium, Beijing has enough material for 3,600 nuclear warheads.
Based on the fissile material, there are probably 1,600 to 1,800 warheads in the Chinese nuclear arsenal, Yesin stated.
According to assessments, 800 to 900 warheads from this number may be operationally deployed, with the rest in long-term storage, the general stated.
Yesin concluded the article by stating that his analysis shows that the nuclear capability of China is clearly underestimated.
It is substantially greater than assessed by the Western expert community, he said, noting that any future strategic arms talks should include China.
The Russian analysis sharply diverges from U.S. intelligence estimates of Chinas nuclear warhead stock. U.S. spy agencies currently estimate that China has between 300 and 400 nuclear warheads for its small-but-growing force of missiles and bombers, U.S. officials have said.
A Pentagon spokesman had no immediate comment on the Russian analysis.
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Gee....I wonder where the ChiComs got the technology to make warheads small enough to fit into MRV ICBMs?
Follow the kickbacks.
If the ChiComs and the Russians ever decide to ally, things could get very ugly very fast. It's only somewhat reassuring that there's a deep historical enmity there.
In “By Dawn’s Early Light” rebel Russian nationalists steal a mobile Russian missile and launch from inside Turkey back at Russia causing the Russians to hit the USA. IIRC.
The Chinese begin attacking Russia.
The US President goes with the SIOP recommendations and hits back at Russia with a 50% strike.
At best, China wants dominance over Taiwan and the “Inner Sea” that extends to the Philippines, Vietnam and Japan.
They are not going to pick a fight with us.
Foxconn, owned by Taiwan-based Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. has most of its manufacturing in mainland China, where it makes Apple’s iPhone and iPad, Amazon’s Kindle and Microsoft’s Xbox.
It has 1.2 million employees and 12 factories in China and produces 40% of the world’s electronics.
One stupid military move and all those contract sales go poof and 1.2 million Chinese are unemployed. The Boxer Rebellion will look like an oolong tea party.
I really doesn’t matter if they have 100 or 3000 or 10,000 nuclear weapons. They only need the EMP from 2-3 weapons detonated at high altitude above Kansas to wipe out all things run by electricity and send us back to the 19th Century. Hundreds of millions will die and a year later the Chinese and Mexicans can easily colonize a good portion of our land mass.
Read “One Second After” by William Forstchen telling about the aftermath of such an attack. Also thank the Republican RINO Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska for gutting legislation which would have protected the power grid from an electromagnetic pulse attack. Thanks to her action, most of us will die from famine or be killed by our fellow Americans when the North Koreans, Chicoms, Russians, or Iranians decide to launch this kind of attack. http://townhall.com/video/emp-nightmare-how-iran-or-north-korea-could-destroy-america
EMP can accomplished with a medium range missile launched from a container ship off our coast. Of course a missile defense system for our homeland would also provide protection against such an attack. However, don’t count on the current president to fund it.
Here is Yesin’s original article (in Russian), use google translate:
Yesin makes many factual errors in his article. Karber could have seen those errors and amended his analysis, but he didn’t.
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