Saturday, June 25, 2022

China releases video of DF-26 ballistic missile launch

Chinese state-owned news media have released showing a launch of Dong Feng-26 (DF-26) intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM).

The video also was posted to the Twitter page of a Chinese military expert on 23 January.

The DF-26 is one of the most sophisticated and advaneced Chinese intermediate-range ballistic missile deployed by the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force.


China’s DF-26 intermediate-range ballistic missile has a maximum range of 4,000 km (2,500 miles) and can threaten U.S. land and sea-based forces as far away as the Pacific island of Guam.

Chinese media has dubbed missile system as the “Guam killer” for its ability to hit the U.S. Pacific Ocean base with a conventional or nuclear weapon.

The DF-26 is a two-stage solid-fuel missile that mounted at a 12×12 transporter-erector-launcher (TEL), likely based on CASC’s Tai’an Corporation HTF5680.

The DF-26 was unveiled for the first time to the public during the military parade of September 3, 2015 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, its existence was confirmed only in the mid-2010s.

According to the Jane’s Defence Weekly, in April 2018, China’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has confirmed that the locally designed and developed DF-26 IRBM has entered service with the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force (PLARF).

On 11 January, also was reported that China has completed initial firing and mobility trials of Russian-made S-400 air-defense missile system.

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