China is once again being put to the spotlight after it has revealed that they are preparing to launch their anti-satellite missile that is believed to have the ability of destroying satellites in space. Authorities of the said project says that this is definitely one of Beijing's most potent asymmetric warfare weapons. one of Beijing's most potent asymmetric warfare weapons. It was found that the US intelligence officials have already detected preparations for a test launch of the Dong Neng-3 which is due to take place at a military facility in central China. However, despite these information, riva; countries said that little is known about the missile and the satellite.
Anti-Satellite Missile: Could This Be The Start Of A New War?
According to reports released by Daily Mail, it was found that recently last month, a large metal cylinder thought to be from a Chinese satellite or aircraft fell from the sky and slammed into the ground in northern Myanmar. It turned out that the barrel-shaped object crashed onto property owned by a jade mining company in Kachin State's Hpakant township. The other smaller piece of metal bearing Chinese writing was known to have torn the roof of a house in the nearby village of Hmaw His Zar, at the same time, but luckily, no casualties has been reported.
On the other hand, in one of their statements reported by The Washington Free Bacon, a Pentagon spokesperson said that they do not make any commentaries in terms of intelligence matters. Furthermore, on his website Eastpendulum.com, Asia watcher Henri Kenhmann has recently revealed that the missile tests are being expected from the People's Liberation Army satellite launch facility known as Jiuquan, located in Inner Mongolia, and the second launch complex to conducted at Korla, located in Xinjiang, in western China.
Meanwhile, it was found that the anti-satellite weapons programs are believed to be under the PLA's new Strategic Support Force, a dedicated space warfare and cyber warfare service set up in late 2015. Authorities claim that China has been successful in launching the project in front of thousands of spectators carrying the Shijian-17 ion propulsion technology experiment satellite towards orbit.