- China Activates “Ship Killer” Dong-Feng Missiles After US Navy Buzzes Disputed Islands
by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/
China has activated its “ship killer” Dong Feng ballistic missiles after a US navy ship traveled within 12 nautical miles of the Parcel Islands “to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by international law,” according to a US Pacific Fleet Spokesman.
The USS McCampbell (DDG-85) passed by the disputed island on Monday, during which “The Chinese side immediately sent military vessel and aircraft,” according to China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Lu Kang, adding that they warned the ship to leave.”
The deployment of the DF-26 missiles was reported by China’s state-controlled Global Times, … The missiles will not be positioned near the Taiwan Strait or the actual disputed islands – instead, the truck-mounted weapons have been sent to China’s more remote plateau and desert areas.
“The DF-26 is China’s new generation of intermediate-range ballistic missile capable of targeting medium and large ships at sea,” warned the Times,” adding “It can carry both conventional and nuclear warheads.”
“During the initial phase of a ballistic missile launch, the missile is relatively slow and not difficult to detect, making it an easier target for enemy antimissile installations. After the missile enters a later stage, its speed is so high that chances for interception are significantly lower,” reads the report – which points out that it could hit a US naval base in Guam – located in the middle of the Pacific.