China fears hiding missiles in shipping containers
There are fears that China is hiding missiles in shipping containers as part of a Trojan horse-style plan to launch an attack anywhere in the world, experts are warning.
China has secretly developed Trojan horse-style missiles hidden in sea containers that can be dropped at enemy ports, experts warn.
Military analysts believe the country’s huge fleet of freighters and fishing boats could be turned into warships through the use of secret container missiles.
According to the Sun, disguised as regular shipping containers, they can be slipped aboard a ship to blend in perfectly with the hundreds of other people on board.
The large number of container ships in the world makes them more difficult to identify than warships in the event of war.
Like the legendary Trojan Horse, missiles would be quietly smuggled into or near an enemy port on a civilian ship before being triggered in a surprise attack.
Rick Fisher, senior researcher in Asian military affairs at the International Center for Strategy and Assessment, told The Sun Online as the Chinese have not officially confirmed they have the missiles – they are likely to have them. .
And he was warned in a Stockton Center for International Law study that guns could violate naval laws.
Meanwhile, retired Pacific Fleet intelligence chief Jim Fanell previously said a containerized anti-ship missile would add a significant threat to the U.S. Navy.
It comes amid a new wave of tensions between the United States and China as the communist giant challenges Washington’s status as the world’s first superpower.
China is known to aggressively develop its military and is positioning itself against the United States – extending its reach around the world, such as in Africa.
A mock-up of the missiles first appeared at an arms fair in 2016 and since then there has been speculation that they may now be in service with the Chinese armed forces.
Mr Fisher believes the weapon fits Beijing’s military strategy and would likely be used as an offensive capability against their enemies – potentially smuggled into foreign ports anywhere in the world.
Mr. Fisher told The Sun Online that China’s “strategic preferences for surprise would strongly support the acquisition” of the missiles.
These would be installed on “indescribable small Chinese ships to launch Mount Surprise missile raids against coastal defenses to help track invading amphibious or airborne forces.”
Fisher said shipping container missile launchers can be smuggled through ports or through highways of entry.
They could then be stored for years in an air-conditioned building within range of US military bases, and removed when needed for military operations.
Mr. Fisher said containerized missiles “will give the Chinese leadership a wide range of options.”
This includes “the use of larger container ships, thousands of fishing vessels or containers stored in ports, to undertake military or terrorist strikes in a way that can be refused if desired”.
“The CCP (Chinese Communist Party) is quite capable of using containerized missiles to wreak havoc whenever it wants,” he insisted.
For example, Chinese missile launch containers could be stored near the Port of Seattle.
The Chinese would wait until the day when they can launch missiles armed with electromagnetic pulse warheads over the nearby nuclear ballistic missile submarine base, Fisher said.
“The explosion of the EMP could destroy the electronics of the [submarines] and all over the base without having to launch a nuclear missile from China, ”he said.
“Washington would be in chaos, wouldn’t know whom to retaliate against, and maybe China is using American distraction to begin its real goal, the military conquest of Taiwan.”
According to US officials, the weapons deployed in the containers are an advanced anti-ship missile called the YJ-18C, which is a version of the Russian Club-K weapon.
The missiles fit into a standard shipping container that is 8 feet wide by 8.5 feet high by 20 feet or 40 feet long.
An online animation showing how the Club-K can be installed in a container shows how the top comes off to reveal the missile with the front coming off for the guidance system.
According to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the missile has a speed of up to Mach 3, or three times the speed of sound or 2,300 mph.
While they’re not part of the Chinese hypersonic missile league, which can reach speeds of Mach 10, analysts believe they can still pack a punch.
So far, the only record of a missile fired from a container ship is an image of a test carried out by Israel.
Large numbers of Chinese container ships enter US ports on the west and east coasts, making them well within reach of the vast majority of the US fleet.
“If this capability is confirmed, it will require a whole new control regime for all PRC-flagged commercial vessels bound for US ports,” Fanell said.
The Stockton Center study concluded that smuggling weapons onto civilian ships could violate international law.
He wrote: “Failure to adhere to the law of armed conflict by surreptitiously incorporating merchant ships into China’s war and war-maintenance efforts endangers civilian sailors and endangers all civilian ships that may operate in China. the zone of hostilities. “
This story was originally published by The Sun and has been reproduced with permission.