BEIJING: After incorporating the navy's strategic nuclear submarine and the air force's strategic bomber, the PLA Rocket Force will be the first independent service with land, sea and air nuclear forces in the world that is much more integrated than those of the US, Russia, Britain and France, an article in the military's official publication 'China Military Online' quoted an expert It also formed a new Strategic Support Force (SSF) to provide proper electronic and cyber intelligence backup for precision missiles strikes during war. What drew special attention is that the Second Artillery Corp which used to be an independent arm, was upgraded as the Rocket Force, an independent service, reminiscent of the Strategic Missile Force in the former Soviet Union and Russia that keeps the western world on edge, the article said. With a variety of short, medium and long range nuclear and conventional missiles, China's missile force is regarded as one of the biggest missile forces in the world. China is always faced with the blockade and containment of superpowers. The country on the other side of the ocean has a powerful navy and air force and boasts the world's top air and sea supremacy and strongest conventional long-range precision strike and delivery capability, which China's navy and air force won't be able to comprehensively compete with in the short term," the article said quoting Song Zhongping, ex-instructor at PLA Second Artillery Engineering University
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