BEIJING (the People’s Republic of China), April 27, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova (Bm), Photo: Greg Baker/AFP via Getty Images
On Thursday, 26th April 2018, a spokesman of the Chinese Ministry of Defence revealed that the rocket force of the country has been boosted by deploying of the Chinese advanced intermediate-range ballistic missile DF-26, reported Defense News.
The upgrade of the rocket force has enhanced its ability to counter opponents on land and at sea.
The Dong-Feng 26 (DF-26, literally: “East Wind-26”) is manufactured by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) and may be used in conventional, nuclear, and anti-ship strikes. The range of the missile is reported to be 3,000–4,000 km (1,900–2,500 miles). The mentioned range covers military installations of the USA on the island of Guam, as well as other bases in the region.
Despite the mentioned above abilities of the DF-26, the spokesman of the Ministry of Defence, Wu Qian, has underlined that the China’s policy is never to initiate a nuclear strike against an opponent.
The arsenal of the country also includes the DF-21D, which is an anti-ship ballistic missile that, according to the U.S. National Air and Space Intelligence Centre, has a maximum range exceeding 1,450 kilometres (900 miles).
In addition, it was recently reported that Russia has started delivery of unrevealed number of S-400s to China.