Friday, November 25, 2022

DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missile’s TEL and loader vehicles

The WS2600 10×10 Transporter Erector Launcher (TEL) with its 40,000 kg of payload has been seen in public for sometime now, thar reported by

The latest was the military parade on Sept 3rd 2015.   However, its engineering/loader variants are not being shown for some odd reason — it could be that they are just simply too boring.  Anyways, here it is.   Please note the cold climate and off-road capabilities depicted above

With a full family of supporting vehicles available, the DF-21D could fire again during field deployment, making it that much more effective as a mobile weapon platform.


The original DF-21 ballistic missile is dated back to the 1980s. Its latest variant, the DF-21D was first unveiled in 2012. It evolved from the DF-21C. Externally these missiles and their launchers are very similar. Chinese sources claim that the DF-21D is an anti-ship ballistic missile. Furthermore that it is the first dedicated anti-ship ballistic missile in the world and the DF-21D is intended to engage large surface ships, such as US Navy’s aircraft carriers and their battle groups. It is claimed that this missiles reached initial operational capability in 2012.

   The DF-21D is a solid-fuel ballistic missile. It has a range of over 2 000 km. Some sources claim that its maximum range is up to 3 000 km. It can reach targets in the Yellow Sea, Taiwan Straight and South China Sea.

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