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  • On the 70th anniversary of communist rule in China

  • A massive military parade in Beijing

  • Showcased some fancy new weapon systems

  • But how dangerous do they make the Chinese military?

  • Welcome back to China Uncensored. I'm Chris Chappell.

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  • the Chinese Communist Party,

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  • Seventy years ago on October 1st, the world's bloodiest dictator

  • took over the world's most populous nation

  • with the world's most murderous ideology.

  • And from then on, the Communist Party

  • has ruled what it called the People's Republic of China.

  • And to celebrate seventy uninterrupted years of communist delight,

  • China's leaders threw the country a birthday party.

  • And no birthday party would be complete without

  • some cutting-edge weapons of mass destruction.

  • Get him, Tanya!

  • That donkey will never walk again.

  • Ok, I actually meant these cutting-edge weapons of mass destruction.

  • Bigger sticks, but no candy.

  • There once was a time that China relied on

  • reverse-engineered Soviet military systems,

  • or, at best, developed sub-standard weapons at a snail's pace.

  • But not anymore!

  • Now China relies on reverse-engineered US military systems,

  • and uses that to develop not only its own tanks and planes,

  • but also cutting-edge stealth technology,

  • combat drones,

  • and hypersonic missiles.

  • Not to mention the latest in pop-up leadership.

  • In the past decade, China's defence budget

  • has grown by at least 10% every year.

  • At $168.2 billion dollars,

  • China's military spending is now second only to the United States.

  • Yeah, there's still a lot of distance between first and second place.

  • China's October 1 parade saw familiar weapons

  • like Wing Long combat drones that were deployed in Libya,

  • or DF-26 missiles dubbed "the Guam Killers"

  • because they have the range to hit military installations

  • in the US territory of Guam

  • in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

  • But besides these important staples,

  • the Chinese military showcased some sophisticated new systems,

  • including a few world-firsts.

  • So in today's episode,

  • let's look at nine military systems that got the red carpet treatment

  • on the 70th anniversary of communist rule in China.

  • Number 9

  • First, what pundits widely called the biggest surprise of the day

  • the Dongfeng-17.

  • It's a known fact that the People's Liberation Army Rocket Force,

  • or PLARF,

  • would play a central role in any conflict involving China.

  • Little surprise then that missiles were center stage.

  • Specifically, the DF-17—

  • ballistic missiles that deploy

  • a triangular hypersonic glide vehicle.

  • They launch like an ordinary ballistic missile.

  • But the warhead has small wings,

  • and after separating from the booster,

  • it acts like a maneuverable glider.

  • Hypersonic, so it can fly at five to ten times the speed of sound

  • and deliver a conventional or nuclear warhead.

  • The glider lets the DF-17 fly at a flatter trajectory

  • and so avoid enemy radar.

  • They're harder to detect and can evade

  • anti-ballistic missile interceptors.

  • Countries like Russia and the US are said to be

  • working on similar designs,

  • but so far China's the only one

  • that's got this in its official arsenal.

  • Number 8

  • Another much-anticipated hot-off-the-assembly-line weapon

  • making its public debut is the road-mobile DF-41

  • intercontinental strategic nuclear missile system.

  • One missile can pack a single big wallop

  • or carry up to 10 independently targetable warheads.

  • Prior to the launch of the DF-41,

  • China didn't have a ballistic missile

  • capable of hitting the U.S. mainland

  • in the event of a nuclear war.

  • The best they could do was hit Guam.

  • But with the DF-41, China looks to have overcome

  • its biggest weakness in military strategy against the United States.

  • Chinese state media say this rollout is for, quote,

  • balancing power and securing victory.”

  • Um, against no target in particular,

  • but just so you know,

  • the continental United States is within range.

  • Number 7

  • Another new weapon that was supposed to be shrouded in mystery

  • but got leaked in a promo video ahead of the parade

  • was hidden inside these launch canisters.

  • They say "DF-100" on the side,

  • but maybe to restore a sense of mystery,

  • the CCTV announcer called it the CJ-100 hypersonic cruise missile.

  • Here comes the CJ-100 cruise missile formation

  • the latest in the CJ series.

  • The hypersonic weapon features high precision,

  • and long-range strike capability, as well as fast response.”

  • The CJ stands for Cháng Jiàn orLong Sword.”

  • The People's Liberation Army Rocket Force

  • accidentallyposted footage of what appears to be

  • a test launch of the CJ or DF-100 a week before the parade.

  • An expert told the South China Morning Post

  • that the missile's slim dorsal fins,

  • foldable tail fins and additional propellant

  • suggests it's a long-distance hypersonic weapon

  • with "a range of more than 680 miles.”

  • Can't hit the US, but it's good enough for the South China Sea.

  • Number 6

  • Another debut was the JL-2 submarine-launched ballistic missile or SLBM.

  • The second generation JL-2 can be launched from nuclear submarines.”

  • ...launched with just the wave of a hand.

  • The People's Liberation Army Navy started testing

  • the JL-2 from submarines as far back as 2002.

  • Since 2016, the Chinese military has had 48 launchers and warheads

  • ready to deploy from nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines.

  • But until this October 1 parade,

  • the Chinese military had never officially acknowledged

  • the existence of this weapon.

  • So this was the official unveiling of the JL-2,

  • which is believed to have a range of more than 5,000 miles

  • and the ability to deliver one big nuclear warhead,

  • or up to 8 smaller nukes.

  • It's like getting one big cupcake,

  • or 8 mini cupcakes.

  • Of radioactive destruction.

  • Number 5

  • After sleek-looking missiles,

  • it was time for something that looked a little more goth

  • the HSU-001 drone submarine.

  • It looks like the submarine equivalent of too much black eyeliner.

  • But like the Smashing Pumpkins,

  • this Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

  • "could be a game changer."

  • Since it's the world's first openly deployed fully-robotic submarine

  • capable of long-range missions,

  • this submersible drone could really be a sea-change in naval warfare.

  • So far though, only small, short-range drone subs have been used

  • because long-range autonomous subs are too expensive and complex.

  • Not much is known about this HSU-001,

  • but since it doesn't have any torpedo tubes

  • I assume it's to be used for spying...

  • on the mermaids in the South China Sea.

  • How dare they violate China's territorial waters!

  • Those mermaids better recognize the nine-dash line.

  • Number 4

  • Another drone debut was this blade-like craft

  • with the designation DR-8 or WZ-8.

  • A supersonic spy drone.

  • Designed to soar over the Pacific ocean at speeds

  • ranging between three and five times the speed of sound,

  • the supersonic spy drone uses a mysterious propulsion system.

  • The Chinese military has not disclosed

  • any information about the propulsion,

  • but the tech nerds at The Aviationist figure that

  • it's probably a liquid or hybrid rocket engine.

  • The South China Morning Post reported that

  • The DR-8 would be expected to play a key role

  • should there be a conflict with U.S. aircraft carrier strike groups

  • in the South China Sea or Western Pacific.”

  • The DR-8 spy drone is said to be able

  • to launch from the ground or from another aircraft.

  • Though frankly, even in the parade it's terrifying.

  • Number 3

  • The H-6N Long-Range Bomber is an upgraded version of the H6 series,

  • which until now could only carry and drop gravity nuclear bombs.

  • But the fuselage of the new H-6N seems to have a cavity

  • that would allow it to carry a huge air-launched nuclear missile.

  • And in smog like that, you probably won't see it coming.

  • Another new feature is an in-flight refueling probe

  • for air-to-air top-ups.

  • That would give the H-6N an estimated range of 3,700 miles.

  • Or from Beijing to...Alaska?

  • Not really a threat.

  • Number 2

  • Another new reveal was the latest version

  • of theSharp Swordstealth combat drone,

  • the Hongdu GJ-11 Lijian.

  • The dronenow features a completely redesigned rear aspect

  • with a stealthier exhaust.”

  • Because sometimes, you just need a stealthy exhaust.

  • The drone can carry two tons of laser-guided bombs or missiles.

  • It also happens to look a bit like the U.S. Navy's X-47B attack drone.

  • I'm not saying it was stolen technology, but...

  • Anyway, good luck,

  • because America's X-47B supposedly performed well in tests

  • but was never deployed.

  • In any case, a non-weaponized version of the GJ-11

  • will deploy on Chinese aircraft carriers,

  • all two of them,

  • where it will be used for surveillance

  • and reconnaissance missions.

  • Number 1

  • The final debut worth mentioning is one

  • that looks like you could order the kit from Taobao

  • and assemble it in your garage:

  • A two-man gyrocopter called the Hunting Eagle.

  • The 'Hunting Eagle' gyrocopter is basically a smaller,

  • cheaper and slower version of a helicopter.

  • So...it would be terrible in combat.

  • But don't worry, this eagle won't be in combat.

  • Thehuntingpart meanssearch and rescue, border control,

  • reconnaissance, anti-riot, and other roles.

  • It will also be used to self-deploy Chinese special forces

  • on missions into enemy territory.”

  • So...not as fierce as those other weapons,

  • but I still wouldn't want that landing in my back yard.

  • Or in Hong Kong.

  • So why did the Chinese Communist Party

  • choose to show off all these advanced weapons?

  • For the same reason my friend Damien

  • always takes his shirt off at the gym in front of the ladies.

  • Sure, he gets a lot of attention.

  • But deep down inside, he's insecure.

  • And he wants America to know that

  • if they mess with him in the South China Sea,

  • he can stand up for himself.

  • Wait, I'm not talking about Damien anymore.

  • But it's basically the same thing.

  • Think of this month's giant military parade

  • like Xi Jinping with his shirt off.

  • Wait, don't think about that.

  • But anyway,

  • just because the Chinese Communist Party is insecure,

  • doesn't mean its military is just a bluff.

  • They've spent decades stealing US technology

  • and developing their own weapons.

  • Sure, their troops lack combat experience.

  • But some of their weapons could still cause

  • major damage to the US in a war.

  • And the Chinese Communist Party televised the whole parade,

  • and broadcast a version with English voiceover,

  • to make sure that its frenemy across the Pacific knows what's up.

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