China Conducts Test Of New Anti-Satellite Missile

Red China flag SC China Conducts Test of New Anti Satellite Missile

China’s military on Monday conducted the first test of a new ground-launched anti-satellite missile that was fired into space and disguised as a space-exploration rocket, according to U.S. officials.

The test was carried out early Monday from the Xichang Space Launch center and was identified by officials as the new Dong Ning-2 ASAT missile.

The ASAT test comes a week after China protested the release of the Pentagon’s annual report on the Chinese military buildup that mentioned Beijing’s development of anti-satellite weapons.

The Free Beacon first disclosed the existence of the new missile in October and a missile researcher reported in January that a new ASAT missile was being readied for its first test.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei was asked if China conducted an ASAT test during a briefing for reporters in Beijing on Tuesday. He did not deny that it was carried out.

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  1. Sherlock Holmes says:

    Why would China build anti satellite missiIes unless they plan to take out all satellite systems, or at least all American satellites?

  2. joemama says:

    They prob gona say it not for satellites… its for astroids. Until the blow up our satalites

  3. RacerJim says:

    Thanks a lot Bill "Slick Willie" Clinton.

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