At the close of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, Dr. James McHenry, a Maryland delegate, followed Benjamin Franklin from Independence Hall. He recorded a question asked by a lady, directed at Dr. Franklin.

The lady asked, "Well Doctor, what have we got? A republic or a monarchy?"

"A republic," replied Dr. Franklin, "if you can keep it."


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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Chinese Anti-Ship Ballistic Missiles

There has been a lot of effort put into development of anti-ship ballistic missiles by the People's Republic of China in their efforts to counter US Naval carrier battle groups operating in the ocean near its shores. To do this, they have had to develop a missile that can reach a terminal velocity approaching Mach 10 (speed of sound x10). With that sort of speed inbound, interception is difficult. The problem that the Chinese have is hitting the target squarely because precision for that sort of weapon is the key.

The DF-21D (CSS-5 Mod-4) Anti-ship ballistic missile is their latest attempt to fulfill that capability.

To counter the Chinese threat, the US is developing the Navy Standard Missile (Block 4):

The Israel-US Arrow ABM program has been showing promise:


innominatus said...

I love vids like these. And the one from a couple years ago when the Navy took out that wayward satellite. Something about the violence of things colliding at Mach 10 just gives me the (good kind of) chills.

Race Bannon said...

Looks like something Dr. Benton Quest would develop...

Wesley 'Whitey Lawful' Mcgranor said...

Neoconservatives- i thought you told China that you both are friends with a gesture of another trade pact?

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