Tuesday, April 20, 2021

China Unveils Its Own ‘Mother Of All Bombs’ That Is Stealth, Precision-Guided & Can Drop 240 Bombs Simultaneously

China recently unveiled its new 500 kg missile system Tianlei 500 which translates to ‘Sky Thunder’. People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) new munition dispenser and how it can be used to attack targets were featured in a defence programme on state broadcaster CCTV-7.

Israel-UAE ‘Historical Pact’ Betrayal Of Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque, Palestinian Cause – Experts

The 500kg precision-guided munitions dispenser and the air-to-surface missile has wings and a square cross-section to hold submunitions, which can also reduce its radar cross-section to boost its stealth capability and make it harder to intercept, according to the report.

China's state TV says that the nation's new weapon Sky Thunder, or the Tianlei 500 (pictured), can drop up to 240 submunitions to destroy ground targets across 64,000 square feet

Its wings can provide extra lift and give the weapon a range of more than 60km (37 miles), meaning it can be dropped at a safe distance from the enemy. Tianlei or Sky Thunder is designed and manufactured by China North Industries Group, or Norinco.

“It can carry up to 240 submunitions. And when dispersed, they can spread to over 6,000 square metres,” said the engineer, who was not identified in the report.

While Indian Army Eyes AK-203, Kalashnikov Group Unveils Its Latest AK-19 Rifles

The move is seen as a show of military strength amid growing tensions with Taipei. Cross-Strait relations with mainland China have been deteriorating with Beijing claiming sovereignty over the island and seeking its return to the mainland fold even by force if necessary.

It has staged several drills and is firm on its motives. However, after winning a landslide victory in January, Tsai, from the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party, began her second four-year term in May. She has refused to accept the one-China principle and is strongly supports the self-governance of Taiwan.

While Indian Army Eyes AK-203, Kalashnikov Group Unveils Its Latest AK-19 Rifles

Recently, Taiwan also had the highest level of US visit in four decades when the US health secretary Alex Azar inked a $62 billion arms deal with Taiwan to buy fighter jets from US firm Lockheed Martin.

Beijing sees this move as a provocation saying it harmed China’s sovereignty. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said that Beijing is opposed to any official interaction between the US and Taiwan.

“The issue of the Taiwan Strait is the most sensitive issue facing China-US relations. We hope the US will stop all official exchanges between the two sides to avoid damage to China-US relations and keep the stability of the Taiwan Strait,” he said. 

As reported earlier by EurAsian Times, Taiwan has also built its advanced Brave Eagle jet giving a boost to the domestic defence industry to counter the Chinese aggression.

The 1,100lb weapon has a square cross-section. A presenter from China Central Television says that the shape can not only increase its explosive load but also help it dodge radar detection

“In the time of war, once the Brave Eagles are loaded with missiles and bombs, they would be capable of providing support for the navy and air force in cross-strait conflicts,” said Su Tzu-yun, a research fellow at the military-affiliated Institute for National Defence and Security Research.

Unveiling the deadly weapon system is seen as a show of military might to threaten Washington and Taipei for its growing closeness. According to the state broadcaster, the weapon could help China’s military gain air superiority, improve its attack efficiency and undermine the combat capabilities of the enemy.

“It’s one of the most important advanced weapons for the Chinese military right now because it’s a very effective tool for attacking and destroying multiple types of ground targets at the same time,” said Song Zhongping, Hong Kong-based military commentator.

He further added that the weapon could be used to attack targets on the ground and at sea. It uses precision or laser guidance and can disperse submunitions in the air, giving it a bigger attack range.

Featured News

Indian LCA Tejas Or Pakistani JF-17: Who Is Winning The Malaysian Fighter Jet Contract?

India’s multi-role Tejas fighter has captured the imagination of the Malaysian air force for quite some time now. The 4.5 generation Light Combat Aircraft...

Northern Sea Route: Can Russia’s Arctic Game-Plan Outdo US’ Strategy In The Indo-Pacific?

**Russia defines the Northern Sea Route as a shipping lane from the Kara Sea to the Pacific Ocean, specifically running along the Russian Arctic...

As MiG-35 Gets Neural Links, IAF Pilot Says India Must Prioritize ‘Capabilities Over Platform’

Russia’s MiG Corporation is developing smart target recognition systems based on neural networks for MiG series aircraft, especially the 4++ generation MiG-35 fighter, the...

US’ F-35 Stealth Jets Not A Great Choice For Clash With China — Top USAF Official

A senior US Air Force officer has questioned the utility of the American F-35A stealth fighters against the adversary in a hypothetical US military...

Unreliable Ally: Should US Withdrawal From Afghanistan Be A ‘Wake-Up Call’ For All Major Non- NATO Allies (MNNA)?

US President Joe Biden’s announcement that all American troops will withdraw from Afghanistan by the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, thus ending...