WATCH China Test Launch ‘Carrier Killer’ Missile Amid Strait Tensions With US

Monday, January 28, 2019
By Paul Martin

Earlier, the Chinese military mobilised its DF-26 nuclear-capable intermediate-range anti-ship missiles, also known as ‘Guam Killers’ for their ability to strike American military installations on the Pacific island, amid ongoing US ‘freedom of navigation’ missions in the South China Sea and through the Taiwan Strait.

Chinese state television has released a video showing the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force firing a DF-26 intermediate-range missile.

The video, filmed during a live-fire exercise somewhere in Northwest China, showed one of two DF-26 missiles which were launched last week.

Speaking to China’s Global Times newspaper, military observer and former Rocket Force veteran Song Zhongping said that the DF-26 is capable of altering its flight trajectory, and has guidance systems enabling it to hit a slow-moving aircraft carrier. The rocket’s double-cone structure also provides it with stealth capabilities, making it more difficult to intercept, he said.

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