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By: Staff Reporter
In response to a piece by Lyle Goldstein of the US Naval War College about
the PLA Navy’s capability to blockade Taiwan with naval mines, Michael Peck, a military expert from Oregon, said stand-off mines could be used to counter a Chinese amphibious landing on Taiwan and also in the disputed South China Sea.
In a piece for National Interest on Oct. 19, Peck said the stand-off mine is a combination of the quickstrike mine and Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM). Known as GBU-62B(V-1)/B Quickstrike-ER, the weapon was dropped for the first time by a B-52H strategic bomber from 35,000 feet on Sept. 23, 2014. Instead of falling directly into the water, the mine glided for 40 nautical miles. Putting wings on naval mines offers a revolutionary method of mine delivery, Peck said. [FULL STORY]