China's Latest Military Weapon…on Whitewalls.
Styling from a Billy Joel song…
What you see above is a picture of the Chinese “Dong Feng 21D,” or “DF-21D.” A new Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile being produced and fielded by the People’s Republic of China.
There is as to the true abilities of the missile, but it is being presented as a drastically capable anti-access weapon. More commonly we would think of this as stand-off weapon, primarily designed to target and destroy aircraft carriers, a distinct advantage of our nation’s military. Despite my chosen profession, I am not intelligence expert. I did speak with several unnamed sources. A pilot friend with a particular resemblance to from Rocky IV was quoted as saying “Wow, that IS a big dong and I wouldn’t mess with it!”
But the reason I have this here is to point out a key characteristic which might prove this isn’t a weapon system to be toyed with; whitewalls.
For those who don’t remember, whitewalls were THE symbol of excess in the 70’s and the statement of style in the 50’s and 60’s. As a result in of our nostalgia, they have made a specialized comeback.
It is worth noting that rubber in its natural state in white, and carbon was added to the tires to give them a clean appearance. So at the introduction of the automobile to our society, whitewalls were considered a sign or lower economic status.
t could be argued that the tires for this vehicle are un-dyed rubber and my mockery is unfounded. But that seems contrary to the camouflage of the vehicle. Moreso it seems to be the same level of posturing as the vehicles that would turn blocks in Red Square after changing number to give the appearance of more weapons than they actually had.
Done for style or no, one thing is for certain, the Chinese are certainly learning how to make an entrance. So it is not entirely without basis that I see them rollin’
Kuponoodles on Sep 05, 2013
Ummm.. seriously? It's for a parade. The soviets and cubans use to paint the MISSILES THEMSELVES white. Even our armed forces use to paint white letters and numbers on camo or OD vehicles. the Chinese military is known for copying/reverse engineering/simplifying and mass producing hardware and making it cheaper for their own use and export. NOT for their styling cues... (they only copy the soviets or the "cooler" asian countries like Japan, Korea, etc)
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