China mobilises its supersonic nuclear missile that ‘could reach US territory’ after admiral urged Beijing to sink two American aircraft carriers to safeguard South China Sea
- Nuclear-capable DF-26 missile is Beijing’s top weapon against Washington
- It has been mobilised by the Rocket Force, according to Chinese state media
- The move is in response to a U.S. destroyer that sailed into South China Sea
- A retired admiral has urged Beijing to sink two American aircraft carriers
Beijing has reportedly mobilised its supersonic nuclear missile DF-26 after a U.S. destroyer earlier this week sailed into the disputed waters in South China Sea.
The medium-to-long-range missile, also known as Dongfeng-26, is capable of reaching the U.S. territory and sink aircraft carriers, according to previous reports from China.
The news came after a retired Chinese admiral recently urged that Beijing should sink two American aircraft carriers and kill some 10,000 American sailors to intimidate Washington amid trade war tensions and territorial disputes.
DF-26 is reportedly capable of reaching the U.S. territory and sink aircraft carriers. The missiles are seen participating in a military parade at Tiananmen Square in Beijing in 2015
Beijing’s official media previously reported that the powerful missile could reach Guam, a U.S. territory about 2,000 miles away from the Chinese coast, and was China’s top weapon
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DF-26 has been billed as the ‘Guam Killer’ by Chinese media as it’s said to be capable of reaching Guam, a U.S. territory about 2,000 miles away from the Chinese coast.
The missile was developed and built solely by Chinese engineers and was commissioned to the Rocket Force of People’s Liberation Army last April, according to People’s Daily Online.
China’s Central Television Station claimed that DF-26 was capable of carrying nuclear warheads and striking ‘important targets on land and medium-to-large ships at sea with precision’.
The state broadcaster hailed the nuclear missile as Beijing’s top weapon against the United States.
Footage released by China Central Television Station shows soldiers at the Rocket Force of People’s Liberation Army getting ready to drive a truck which is believed to carry DF-26s
A close-up shot of the truck which is believed to be transporting the DF-26 missiles in China
The far-reaching, anti-ship ballistic missile has been mobilised to north-west China’s plateau and desert areas, according to China’s official news outlet in a report from yesterday.
A video released by Central Television Station today shows soldiers at the Rocket Force operating the DF-26 missiles.
The mobilisation is said to be a reaction towards a U.S. ship that ‘trespassed’ the Chinese territory in South China Sea on Monday. China issued ‘stern’ warning to the United States over the matter
The USS McCampbell, a guided missile destroyer, sailed within 12 nautical miles of the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea on Monday, prompting an angry reaction from Beijing
Paracel Islands, known in China as the Xisha Archipelago, are controlled by Beijing but also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan. China also claims Taiwan as a part of its territory
USS McCampbell, an American guided missile destroyer, sailed within 12 nautical miles of the Paracel Islands, known in China as the Xisha Archipelago.
A group of more than 30 islands in the South China Sea, the Paracel Islands are controlled by China, but are also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan. China also claims Taiwan as a part of its territory.
Last month, retired Chinese admiral Luo Yuan reported urged during a summit in China that Beijing should sink two American aircraft carriers which could kill some 10,000 soldiers.
Retired Chinese admiral Luo Yuan (pictured) reportedly urged Beijing to sink U.S. ships
The son of a former Chinese official claimed it could be a good solution to the China-U.S. trade war and the disputes over South China Sea.
Admiral Luo was quotes saying that China should strike the United States in its weakest point and ‘what America fears the most is people dying’.
He also reportedly said that China should increase spending on developing deadly weapons, such as the DF-21 and DF-26 missiles.
CHINA’S OTHER MISSILES
China’s DF-21 missile boasts a firing distance of up to 1,926 miles (3,100km) and has been dubbed ‘the killer of aircraft carrier’.
The missile is potentially capable of sinking a U.S. Nimitz-class aircraft carrier in a single strike, media have claimed.
The DF-10 missile, on the other hand, is the best performing long-range cruise missile in the world, according to Chinese news site Sina.com.
Sina said the 990-pound (450kg) weapon could strike a maximum distance of 1,242 miles (2,000km) and could reach Japan and Taiwan if it’s fired from inland China.
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