China reportedly fired off around two dozen missiles at mock-ups of American targets over the weekend.
The Chinese military launched 20 missiles at mock missile defense systems and fighter jets, specifically the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system and U.S. Air Force F-22 stealth fighters, U.S. intelligence officials revealed to Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson Wednesday.
China is believed to have tested medium- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles, as well as cruise missiles during the exercise.
Beijing is firmly opposed to THAAD, which the U.S. is in the process of deploying in South Korea to better defend American allies in the region from the threat posed by North Korea and its expanding arsenal of ballistic weaponry. The THAAD system in South Korea has already achieved initial intercept capability, and more units may soon be on their way. After the North successfully tested another intercontinental ballistic missile Friday, South Korea requested additional units to boost defense, a move which was strongly criticized by Beijing.
THAAD is one of America’s finest missile defense systems, with a perfect test performance record. The U.S. military conducted two tests of the THAAD system in July, demonstrating a reliable ability to intercept intermediate-range ballistic missiles.
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