SHAH ALAM: AT the recent military parade in Beijing, China displayed a long line of its most advanced hardware including ballistic missiles, nuclear and non-nuclear ones. The non-nuclear ballistic missiles are the ones most creating the biggest buzz, the Guam killer; carrier killer etc.
Guam Killer is the nickname given to DF-26C, a derivative of the DF-21, the notorious “carrier killer” missile. It has a range of 3,500 to 4,000 km, which would put the US military bases on Guam, the largest and southernmost of the Mariana Islands, within its range.
What is interesting is that both missiles are described as able to hit medium and large size ships, a feat previously attributed to the DF-21 missile only.
A graphic from SCMP.
From the graphic above we now know that Malaysia is within range of the DF-26B. Although commentators have stated that targeting moving ships will posed a big challenge even to China, land targets are much easier to hit which means all of our bases and facilities are vulnerable even to these non-nuclear ballistic missiles.
If such an attack took place, our ships and planes will have no place to return to.
Yes, I know that at the start of the parade China President Xi Jinping promised that China will remain committed to peaceful development and will never seek hegemony or expansion.
But as we all know, things and leaders changes and thinking otherwise is foolish.
However, before we get into a frenzy over this, we need to ask an important question, can we afford an ABM capability? Of course not, not with the current economic situation. At bare minimum we probably need three frigates with ABM capabilities together with at least three regiment of a land based system. That will probably cost at least RM20 billion just for the entry into the exclusive club.
Apart from money, more importantly however, the move towards an ABM capability will mean a shift in our strategic outlook which seemed to be too occupied with the Lahad Datu incursion.
I am not being cynical but even if money was available, an alternative defence strategy will not be implemented any time soon as the current mindset is towards internal defence.
Hopefully this too will change but it’s unlikely within the next two years.
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