Artist's impression of a Renhai Class cruiser launching an anti-ship ballistic missile from its aft VLS (vertical launch system)
Chinese Navy May Be First To Get Ballistic Missiles
H I Sutton
中国海军或将成为第一支装备弹道导弹的海军——作者H I Sutton
A Department of Defense report suggests that the Chinese Navy, formally known as the PLAN (People’s Liberation Army Navy), may put anti-ship ballistic missiles (ASBMs) on its new cruisers. These are the weapons dubbed ‘Aircraft Carrier Killers’ because of their massive hitting power. It would be the first time any navy has put this category of weapon on a warship. Chinese Navy cruisers would then be arguably the most heavily armed surface combatants in the world.