Inside the Ring: China Conducts Flight Test of JL-2 Sub-Launched Missile

President Obama speaks at the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism
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China carried out a flight test of its new JL-2 submarine-launched ballistic missile last month, highlighting Beijing’s nuclear buildup of missile submarines. The JL-2 flight test took place Jan. 23, according to defense officials familiar with details of the test.

No details of the test were available. China in the past has conducted JL-2 flight tests from the Bohai Sea.

Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Jeff Pool declined to comment on the test. But Lt. Col. Pool said the JL-2 was discussed in the Pentagon’s most recent annual report on the Chinese military as one part of the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s "first credible long-range sea-based nuclear deterrent."

Read the full article at the Washington Times.