It is difficult for the US Army to change its mind when preparing to test-fire missiles prohibited by the CIMT Treaty

 It is difficult for the US Army to change its mind when preparing to test-fire missiles prohibited by the CIMT Treaty

Panxing II medium-range ballistic missile once equipped by the U.S. Army

The withdrawal of the United States from the Guidance Treaty has taken a substantial step. Pentagon officials have revealed that the United States plans to test-fire land-based cruise missiles prohibited by the China Guidance Treaty and medium-range ballistic missiles like Pan Hing II in August and November of this year, respectively. Some analysts believe that the United States does intend to develop and deploy land-based medium-and long-range missiles, and withdrawing from the Guidance Treaty is to clear the way for the development of these systems.

According to an anonymous senior official of the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. military plans to test a ground-launched cruise missile with a range of 600 miles in August and a medium-range ballistic missile with a range of 1800-2500 miles in November, the Washington Post website reported Wednesday. However, the China Guidance Treaty prohibits the testing, production and deployment of land-based missiles with such range. Trump withdrew from the Treaty on February 1 and triggered a six-month formal waiting period until the agreement finally expired this summer.

Reported that until the formal end of the treaty, the United States launched cruise missiles on the ground immediately began testing. According to senior defense officials, the test involves placing a Tomahawk cruise missile in a container that can be mounted on board a ship or in a mobile launcher. We will prove the concept that you can put the Tomahawk on the truck, the official said. According to the report, the test of the missile is still a long way from actual deployment - deployment of mobile cruise missiles requires acquisition of weapons and training of troops skilled in operating it, which may be completed in 18 months.

By contrast, the Pentagons planned test launch of medium-range ballistic missiles in November is a long-term effort. Reported that the current U.S. Army is developing long-range ballistic missiles. This missile is different from the existing Army Tactical Missile system, but closer to thePan Hing IIballistic missile deployed before the signing of the Mid-Missile Treaty by the United States at the end of the Cold War. According to U.S. defense officials, if the November test proves that the conceptual design is feasible, the Army will then develop, procure and launch the system, which will take no less than five years.

Since the announcement of the withdrawal of the U.S. from the China Guidance Treaty, European countries are extremely worried about becoming the target of the deployment or targeting of U.S. and Russian nuclear missiles again. To alleviate the fears of European allies, US officials said on Wednesday that the Trump administration had no plans to deploy nuclear missiles in Europe, but that the breakdown of the Guidance Treaty may return to the era when Europe feared that nuclear missiles would attack its cities within minutes of launching.

According to the Pentagon, Washington has no idea yet of launching missiles from any European or Asian allies. The Washington Post said that if circumstances permit, the U.S. military will keep the new missile in its domestic Arsenal for possible deployment. We have not allowed any allies to participate in the formal deployment... But it will always be deployed.

Kingston Reeve, an analyst with the Weapons Control Association, said the U.S. move may be a signal to push Russia back to compliance with the treaty, Reuters reported on Wednesday. But he believes the United States is more likely to end the treaty in a planned way. I think both the White House and the National Security Adviser (John Bolton) are trying to bring the treaty to an end, so they no longer ban the deployment of these systems in Europe or the Asia-Pacific region. Chinese experts interviewed by the Global Times said it was easy to design a ground launcher for the Tomahawk cruise missile, but it took a long time to develop a medium-range ballistic missile. The fact that the United States was able to test the missile in November shows that research and development have already begun. The announcement of the withdrawal of the United States from the China Guidance Treaty has largely cleared policy barriers for the test-firing of such missiles. Under such circumstances, it may be difficult for the United States to change its mind and continue to implement the Treaty.

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