At National Day, China flexes military muscle

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At National Day, China flexes military muscle
Beijing:  On it's 60th National Day on Thursday, China unveiled its military might in a spectacular parade in Beijing where new generation battle tanks and long-range cruise missiles were on display. New Delhi and the world watched closely.

The parade was held in the tightest security the country has ever seen.

During the parade, the world got a first live look at the DF-31 intercontinental missile. With a range of 13,000 km, it is capable of attacking not just any spot in India but parts of the United States as well.

Some analysts believe it is highly mobile and can be launched from anywhere. And what makes them more deadly is that they can carry nuclear warheads. India has no answer to these.

China also showcased its mid-ranged, ground-to-ground missile called the DF-21. It has a range of 3,200 km and is believed to be the only middle-range missile in the world that can carry multiple warheads.

India's answer to this is the Agni-III, but the 3,500-km range missile is still in trial stage.

Another piece of Chinese armoury on display was the CJ-10 cruise missile. It is fired from land, has got a range of 1,500 kilometres and an accuracy of striking less than 10 metres of the target.

China has become the fourth country to have this cruise missile. The other countries are India, Russia and the US. Its operational speed is supersonic -- 1.5-2.5 mach and can carry a warhead of 500 kilograms.

India is well-matched here -- the Brahmos is a supersonic cruise missile and although it carries a smaller warhead, its accuracy is as good and it is already deployed.

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Finally, the newest weapon China showed off was the YJ-8 series anti-ship missile. It is equipped in destroyers, missile warships, smaller missile boats and other naval vessels.

It's mainly used for attacking medium or large naval vessels like destroyers beyond the horizon or from a long-range distance.

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