Sea Platforms

As China ascends, PACOM chief wants more lethal weapons, submarines

26 April 2017

The US military in the Asia-Pacific region wants longer-range weapons and more submarines, Admiral Harry Harris, head of US Pacific Command (PACOM), told the House Armed Services Committee on 26 April.

"China has developed and fielded capability and capacity to challenge our regional maritime dominance," Adm Harris told the House Armed Services Committee on 26 April. "I need increased lethality, specifically ships and aircraft equipped with faster and more survivable weapons systems, longer-range offensive weapons on every platform are an imperative, and then we must network this force."

Among a long list of his capability needs, Adm Harris said US Navy attack submarines in particular were lacking.

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