Navy Now Stockpiling Anti-Ship Missiles to Compete With China’s Fleet
As China’s navy continues to grow in size and capability, the Pentagon is taking the threat more seriously than ever.
The US Navy’s 2021 budget requests include a nearly twentyfold increase in anti-ship missiles over the next five years, including newer long-range designs. However, they have yet to match Beijing’s ultra-long-range weapons.
The US Navy’s budget requests for fiscal year 2021 include a huge increase in anti-ship missile purchases in response to the steady increase in size of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), which already outpaces the US Navy and has begun to explore blue-water operations.
The requests include 1,625 missiles of various types,