Russia doesn’t make much, but they make great weapons. China knows this and just signed a whopper of an arms deal with Russia. This should help Putin’s coffers somewhat.
This is not just any arms deal. This is a deal that will allow China unheard-of power over its neighbors.
To put it bluntly, upon delivery of the S-400 missile system, China will be able to shoot down and destroy any aircraft over Taiwan. Obviously, China doesn’t like the fact that the United States supports Taiwan, which China considers a breakaway republic and none of the Americans’ business.
The S-400 was developed to counter American stealth aircraft at long ranges. The radar and tracking system is extremely sophisticated and can target enemy aircraft at the amazing range of 400 kilometers. The command module can track multiple targets at once and utilizes multiple missiles to destroy its prey.
Popular Science puts it this way:
China and Russia, as part of closer strategic ties, have finalized a long-awaited deal for very long range S-400 surface to air missile (SAM) system. The deal is not only the largest Sino-Russian arms deal in over a decade, but S-400 missile defense capabilities would provide China with a quick missile defense upgrade at the moment neighboring states like North Korea acquire more ballistic missiles, and the U.S. and Japan look to buy stealthy anti-ship missiles.
The deal is significant to regional security as well as geopolitics. China’s improved air defense capabilities will greatly complicate any efforts to conduct aerial operations or missile attacks against the Chinese mainland, even with stealthy drones, longer-ranged cruise missiles, or new bombers, all part of the new US “third offset” plan. In wartime, the S-400 could even support Chinese airstrikes by knocking out enemy fighters flying above their own bases and cities. On the strategic level, the S-400 sale would facilitate Sino-Russian cooperation, as well as facilitate other sales and joint projects like submarines and space operations.
China and Russia continue their rapid military build-up and modernization. America’s ICBMs are rusting in their silos. We are on our way to the smallest army since WWII. All the while, threats build and grow around us.
We need new leadership to take us into a safe future and the next American century. What we have now ain’t cutting it.
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