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​​​​​​​​​​​​Lethality of DF-21D anti-ship missile revealed

15th October 2018 - 03:00 GMT | by Wendell Minnick in Taipei


Designed specifically to destroy US aircraft carriers, the DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM) is one of China’s key anti-access area denial weapons.  However, how it would work exactly has been a matter of debate since it reached initial operating capacity in 2010.

China is the first country to develop an ASBM after it modified the standard road-mobile DF-21 medium-range ballistic missile. 

Now China’s military appears more than capable of penetrating an aircraft carrier’s battlespace with a combination of air-, submarine- and surface ship-launched anti-ship YJ-series cruise missiles, not to forget the varieties of torpedoes available to its submarine force. Of particular

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Wendell Minnick


Wendell Minnick

Wendell Minnick (顏文德) was Shephard's Senior Asia Correspondent throughout 2017 and 2018. Wendell is an …

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