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Even in the midst of a global pandemic, tensions between several countries remain, raising concerns of a possible all-out conflict between each one. Iran recently revealed that it has plans to enhance its existing cruise missiles, stoking fears of a world war 3 happening.
Speaking to the Iranian newspaper, the country’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami announced the enhancements they are planning to make on their cruise missiles along with other military weapons. Hatami revealed that the country’s cruise missiles are capable of reaching targets over 1,000 kilometers away while their anti-surface and naval cruise missiles can also reach up to 1,000 kilometers away and ground-launched cruise missiles could reach up to 1,400 kilometers away.
They have also established their own missile sector and developed solid and liquid-propellant missiles. Hatami noted that in accordance with the country’s laws, the range limit for the missiles is 2,000 kilometers. The Islamic nation currently has backup plans to enhance its nuclear arms should the United States impose sanctions in the midst of the nuclear deal disagreement, with the dispute centered on whether or not the United States could abolish the 2015 nuclear deal it withdrew from three years later in 2018.
Iran has also detailed its plans to prepare for “illegal activation of the nuclear mechanism” that could bring back the sanctions that existed before the deal was made.
Aside from Iran’s conflict with the United States, there is also the matter of tensions between China and the US over the much-disputed South China Sea. With China exerting its claim over the waters through a show of its military, from forming artificial islands and deploying its warships. However, Beijing continues to assert its claims, opposing the intervention being done by Washington, by making enhancements to some of its military equipment.
The upgrades were seen at the People’s Liberation Army Southern Regiment Command naval aviation regiment base, in the form of an improved KJ-500 airborne early warning and control system. This now has a probe for the plane to receive aerial refuelling to augment its range and endurance, and has early warning radar systems that boast of being better than what is in the United States.