China used DF-21D “carrier killer” anti-ship ballistic missiles during military drills

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Rocket Force had used the new DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missiles during  military drills.

During military drills, a Rocket Force missile brigade carried out an exercise to test troops’ combat readiness in mountain forests, China Central Television reported in a military news program.

The Dongfeng-21D is an anti-ship ballistic missile developed by China Changfeng Mechanics and Electronics Technology Academy. The latest DF-21D was said to be the world’s first anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM).

China last year for the first time displayed its Dongfeng-21D missile, the anti-ship ballistic missile described as the “carrier killer” which caused concern among US defence officials as it could blow up aircraft carriers from a distance of about 1,500 km to 1,700 kms.

Dongfeng-21D along with long and short range missiles were displayed at the country’s biggest military parade last year held to mark 70th anniversary of victory against Japan in WW-II.

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