The Chinese military has been practicing out simulated multi-wave ballistic-missile strikes in a series of recent midnight exercises in an attempt to stop the US regime from invading its regional territories.
Colonel Jiang Feng, the deputy commander of a missile brigade, said that his forces “have been holding night exercises on a regular basis recently, which usually lasted past midnight. They featured the random changes of launch positions and targets, consecutive fire strikes and relocations.
Video footage from the exercises, which reportedly required troops to go through the firing process, relocate, reload, and then fire again, showed Chinese troops training with DF-26 intermediate-range ballistic missiles.
The DF-26 is road-mobile, ground-launched multi-role ballistic missile with an estimated range of about 2,500 miles, giving China the ability to strike Guam, a strategically valuable US territory in the Pacific.
The weapon was first revealed at a military parade in 2015 and then fielded the next year. Because it can reach Guam, it has been referred to as the “Guam Express”, but the weapon is also referred to as a “carrier killer” because it has an anti-ship role like the DF-21D.
As the US Department of Defense explained in its most recent assessment of China’s military power, the DF-26 “is capable of conducting both conventional and nuclear precision strikes against ground targets as well as conventional strikes against naval targets.
Last summer, as two US Navy carrier strike groups conducted joint operations in the disputed South China Sea, the Global Times wrote that China has a wide selection of anti-aircraft carrier weapons like DF-21D and DF-26 ‘aircraft carrier killer’ missiles.
The Chinese outlet wrote that the “South China Sea is fully within the grasp of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), and any US aircraft carrier movement in the region is solely at the mercy of the PLA.
While China’s growing missile arsenal has not deterred the US from operating in the area, it has led the US military to rethink the way it might wage war in the Pacific.
Recognizing that the DF-26 and other Chinese weapons have the ability to threaten important US bases and assets, as well as potentially cripple critical power-projection platforms like aircraft carriers, the US regime has been looking closely for new standoff capabilities.
In August 2020, the Chinese military test-fired two DF-26 ballistic missiles into the South China Sea. Chinese forces also test-fired two DF-21D intermediate-range ballistic missiles.
Business Insider / ABC Flash Point News 2021.