U.S. cruise missile base in Guam as a major threat to China (Figure)
PLA Second Artillery Corps 10 long-range cruise missiles equipped with a sword, according to the U.S. Global Strategic Network
1 reported that, as will 8,000 U.S. Marines stationed in Japan to Guam soldiers, the U.S. is trying to to build Guam’s air defense capability. Among them, China’s missile attacks from U.S. bases in Guam is considered a major threat to intensive military facilities.
reported that the U.S. military base in Guam the next few years will be to build a different air defense systems. One is the Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system. The missile system (24 missiles, three launchers and a fire control communications system) is composed of units, equipped with X-band radar. Equip each missile with the total cost of about $ 310 million, the missile about 18 feet, weighing about 1400 pounds, its size and shape of the Patriot air defense missiles, the same, but the increase in weight than the latter twice.
THAAD intercept distance of 200 km, the maximum intercept altitude 150 kilometers, its mainly used to intercept short-range (such as Scud missiles) and medium-range (2,000 km) ballistic missile. Guam from China about 3000 km. THAAD’s development has been more than 20 years, Patriot anti-missile system is important to enhance combat capability. Patriot anti-missile system to intercept the limited capacity of about only 20 km. Patriot air defense missile has a range up to 70 km.
U.S. military base in Guam will also set up several ground-based AMRAAM (SLAMRAAM) missile. In this system, each on a Humvee with four U.S. Air Force AMRAAM. A missile launch even includes a fire control center, a radar (distance 75 km) and four to eight Hummer vehicles equipped with missiles. The missile’s effective range 25 km, can shoot down incoming cruise missiles and helicopters. THAAD and AMRAAM system is mainly used to intercept cruise missiles from China. U.S. military bases in Guam, China is considered the most likely threats.
Guam from Hawaii, 7,000 km, its population of 17.3 million people, has a large number of military facilities, such as major U.S. Air Force base, the central Pacific the U.S. Navy’s major supply port operations, and special operations command base. Air Force Base deployed heavy bombers, fighters and tankers, and Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles and so on. Navy also has a marine patrol boat. U.S. Coast Guard also built bases in Guam because Guam is a part of U.S. territory, all residents are U.S. citizens.
final report said the U.S. military will continue to intensify efforts for the Guam base defense facilities renovation and expansion, the entire project is expected to cost $ 8.0 billion, plans to be completed within four years and put into operation. (Compiled: Compass)