Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Chinese Military Holds Exercise With Latest Ballistic Missiles

Chinese Military Holds Exercise With Latest Ballistic Missiles Chinese Military Holds Exercise With Latest Ballistic Missiles
Melissa Porter | 08 February, 2017, 01:14

A commentary in the official website of People's Liberation Army's (PLA) said on January 20 the day Donald Trump assumed presidency that the chances of war have become "more real" amid a more complex security situation in Asia Pacific.

In the video, the missile can be seen on a 10-wheeled transporter erector launcher (TEL) during an exercise conducted during the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday.

While the Rocket Force boasts an extensive armory of missiles of various ranges, the DF-16 fills a particular role in extending China's reach over waters it seeks to control within what it calls the "first-island chain".

The videos showed several launch vehicles carrying the ballistic missiles and Rocket Force missile brigade soldiers handling a number of scenarios, including chemical/biological contamination, countering satellite reconnaissance and electronic jamming, state-run China Daily reported on Monday. This feature of the DF-16 makes it possible to maneuver around Taiwan's missile defense systems, The Japan Times notes.

The crews practised in multiple manoeuvres, such as rapid loading, redeployment and launch sequence, though the video showed no missile actually being launched.

The clip represents the third time the DF-16 is in the public eye.

The Pentagon added that the DF-16 "coupled with the already deployed conventional land-attack and anti-ship variants of the CSS-5 (DF-21C/D) medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM), will improve China's ability to strike not only Taiwan, but other regional targets".

The weapon was first revealed during a 2015 military parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Japan in World War II.

The two-stage DF-16 replaces the older DF-11, with a final stage that can adjust its direction to strike moving targets and evade defenses, and carries a powerful warhead.

And in July past year, a television news programme showed General Fan Changlong, a vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission, inspecting a DF-16 unit.

Under President Donald Trump, the United States has made the most serious challenges to China's territory and sovereignty in recent history.