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GormleyA Potent Vector: Assessing Chinese Cruise Missile Developments

Dennis Gormley, Andrew S. Erickson, and Jingdong Yuan

September 30, 2014

 

 

The numerous, increasingly advanced cruise missiles being developed and deployed by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) have largely flown under the public’s radar. This article surveys PRC cruise missile program and assesses their implications for broader People’s Liberation Army (PLA) capabilities, especially in a Taiwan scenario. This article draws on findings from a multiyear comprehensive study of Chinese cruise missiles based exclusively on open sources. More than 1,000 discrete Chinese-language sources were considered; several hundred have been incorporated in some form. In descending level of demonstrated authority, these Chinese sources include PLA doctrinal publications.

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