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"China is creating a full-fledged nuclear triad": the US assessed the nuclear potentials of potential adversaries

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"China is creating a full-fledged nuclear triad": the US assessed the nuclear potentials of potential adversaries

Soon, the United States will be confronted by two equal competitors in the field of nuclear capabilities - China and Russia. The US will face this at the end of this decade, said the commander of the US Strategic Command, Admiral Charles Richard.


Speaking at a forum on nuclear deterrence organized by the Mitchell Institute, the admiral said that China will soon catch up with the United States in terms of nuclear potential. He stressed that the PRC is "in the process" of building a full-fledged nuclear triad.

China is on track to become a strategic competitor to the United States by the end of the decade. Thus, for the first time in its stories The US will face two equal nuclear competitors. We have never faced a similar situation before.

- said Richard, adding that Russia is the second equivalent competitor.

The admiral noted that China already has two components of the nuclear triad - intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and nuclear submarines. Currently, the construction of the third component is underway - strategic bombers.

China is ahead of the United States in its rapid expansion of military capabilities around the world

- stressed the admiral.

Also, Richard did not forget to mention Russia. According to him, over the past 15 years, Moscow has been actively modernizing its nuclear forces, having completed the modernization by 70%.

For nearly 30 years, the United States and the Department of Defense have not had to fully consider the implications of competition in terms of potential crisis and armed conflict with a nuclear adversary.

the admiral added.
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  1. Hydrography Bay Golden Horn
    Hydrography Bay Golden Horn 31 July 2020 10: 57 New
    -16
    Submarines are easy to spot
    The future is behind camouflaged ships, Germany set an example in two wars with Penguin-class auxiliary cruisers
  2. askort154
    askort154 31 July 2020 11: 04 New
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    ...Thus, for the first time in its history, the United States will face two equal nuclear competitors. We have never faced a similar situation before. - said Richard,

    You have known for a long time - Budvar can not stand two. no
    1. Ren
      Ren 31 July 2020 11: 13 New
      +2
      Quote: askort154
      Budvar can't stand two.

      Correctly wink Budvar is at least three, and preferably more drinks
  3. rocket757
    rocket757 31 July 2020 11: 07 New
    0
    The ocean is large, the submarines have a place to hide.
    And the striped whales can moderate their ardor and wishlist, that will be right for them!
  4. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 31 July 2020 11: 10 New
    -3
    ... for the first time in its history, the United States will face two equal nuclear rivals, something we have never experienced before
    Now it's time to collide. Previously, part of the nuclear potential of Russia was enough to completely destroy the United States with a retaliatory strike. Now, with your efforts, you have a second equal competitor on the way. Well, are we going to talk or to wave fists with American tribunes and impose sanctions?
  5. aszzz888
    aszzz888 31 July 2020 11: 28 New
    -1
    Currently, the construction of the third component - strategic bombers is underway.
    The Chinese will do it, let them have no doubts in Merikatosia. bully
    1. Boa kaa
      Boa kaa 31 July 2020 18: 51 New
      +1
      Quote: aszzz888
      The Chinese will do it, let them have no doubts in Merikatosia.

      Of course they will! Polo-pussies-ears are persistently pushing them to this.
      By the way, this is one of the methods to "slow down" the economic development of a competitor.
      With the Union they did it. Now they are trying to repeat this trick with China.
  6. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 31 July 2020 12: 02 New
    -1
    I suspect the Chinese strategic bomber will have 8 engines.
    1. Hwostatij
      Hwostatij 31 July 2020 12: 56 New
      +3
      Well, the American has 8, than the Chinese are worse?
      1. tralflot1832
        tralflot1832 31 July 2020 13: 00 New
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        I’m talking about him. The laws of aerodynamics cannot be changed.
        1. Hwostatij
          Hwostatij 31 July 2020 13: 02 New
          +2
          And what does aerodynamics have to do with it? It's about power.
  7. Lebed
    Lebed 31 July 2020 13: 41 New
    +7
    "China is creating a full-fledged nuclear triad"

    Something they were late with their statements. China already has a nuclear triad.
  8. fvfvbv
    fvfvbv 31 July 2020 14: 31 New
    +1
    With the Chinese population density, the United States will quickly reduce them.
  9. Old26
    Old26 31 July 2020 20: 39 New
    +3
    Quote: Lebed
    "China is creating a full-fledged nuclear triad"

    Something they were late with their statements. China already has a nuclear triad.

    China DOES NOT HAVE a nuclear triad yet. The Chinese version of our TU-16 (N-6) can hardly be called a strategist. Dalnik - yes, but not a strategist