ROK media: China makes public DF-21D to respond to U.S. aircraft carrier deployment

Source: China Military OnlineEditor: Yao Jianing
2016-06-15 17:13

BEIJING, June 15 (ChinaMil) -- China Central Television (CCTV), China's official media, made public the training of the "DF-21D" anti-ship ballistic missile known as the "aircraft carrier killer" on its military channel on June 11, 2016, reported the Republic of Korea (ROK) media.

Some analysts believed that this was a move of China to respond to the U.S.’ recent deployment of 2 carrier strike groups in the South China Sea, reported the website of ROK’s The Chosun Ilboon on June 14. This is the first time that China's media have made public such a scene.

DF-21D, whose longest range is 3000 kilometers, can be launched from a mobile launching stand, and can also carry a number of nuclear warheads, according to the report.

It is reported that DF-21D is faster than ordinary cruise missiles, and can also change its orbit to pursue the target in the last stage of flight. Therefore, it is difficult to guard against it.

As such weapon poses a great threat to the carrier strike groups of the U.S., it is considered as one of the new Chinese weapons that the U.S. is most concerned about.

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