Monday, February 26, 2024

The US will deploy anti-ship missiles on submarines to counter China’s naval presence

The US Navy plans to equip submarines with the “Maritime Strike” version of the Tomahawk missile starting next year. The move was made in an effort to bolster China’s military and counter-presence naval capabilities, particularly around Taiwan.

The Us Will Deploy Anti-Ship Missiles On Submarines To Counter China'S Naval Presence

Program Director Capt. Jon Hersey that the modified version of RTX Corp.’s Tomahawk missile, traditionally designed for ground attacks, will be available after October 1. These new models will be equipped with an improved system of guidance, allowing them to attack mobile targets at sea. The Navy received the initial version of these missiles last year for testing.

The new maritime attack missile schedule is part of the Pentagon’s plan to deploy thousands of drones in the strategic Indo-Pacific region to counter China. Known as the Replicator program, the United States intends to deploy its arsenal on a large scale between February and August 2025.

The development also adds to Washington’s recent security alliance with the United Kingdom and Australia, known as Aukus. The trio of countries announced a series of plans on Friday, including the use of artificial intelligence aboard aircraft patrolling the Pacific to help track Chinese submarines.

China, for its part, has expressed its concern about US military actions around Taiwan, considering these moves as interference in its internal affairs. Experts suggest that this move by the United States could have significant effects on the balance of power in the region, generating strategic responses from China.

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