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emanreus Post time: 2016-7-2 15:03
But China could see that they attacked their own fishing boat.
killing the Captain was just bad luc ...
Supposedly, reports in the news suggest that the anti-ship missile, after having been "fired by mistake" was accompanied by a chopper to monitor its course toward the fishing boat, but did not self-destruct before impact. Luckily, neither did it detonate on impact as the ship's hull was wooden and did not provide enough resistance, resulting in the missile going through the ship to the bottom of the sea, undetonated. This scenario suggests the role of the fishing boat as a designated target, possibly without intent to harm it, but with the entire course of missile being monitored to detect any Chinese detection, readiness and capability or willingness to intercept and shoot it down. The accident was in the missile failing to detonate before impact, and also in its not exploding on impact. But it did lay bare the weakness of China's ADIF if there is one covering the Taiwan Straits.
As to how the missile homed in on just one person, who happened to be the captain of the vessel, one can only speculate that perhaps, he was the only one aware of the mission, and might he have the homing device in his pocket, believing the missile would never hit him, because it was only an exercise, and should have detonated before impact?
Isn't that incredible, that a missile would travel that far and hit one person directly?