Connect with us

Asia Pacific

China Launches Powerful DF-26 ‘Aircraft Carrier Killer’ Missile



Amidst tensions in the South China Sea (SCS) & border conflict with India, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China has launched the DF-26 ‘aircraft carrier killer’ missile. The launch of the DF-26 comes at a time when the QUAD i.e. Australia, India, Japan and the United States, have increased their presence in the region.

DF-26 ‘Aircraft Carrier Killer’ Missile

Capable of striking moving targets at sea, the DF-26 has been dubbed an “aircraft carrier killer,” and its exercise launch again demonstrated its deterrence and China’s firm will in safeguarding national sovereignty and security, experts said on Thursday.

Heavy-Weight T-90 Tanks Deployed In Ladakh Not To Defend But To Threaten Chinese Territories – Experts

The DF-26 was launched as the PLA conducted a cross-regional confrontational exercise, manoeuvring through complicated terrains such as forests, simulated hostile chemical attacks, disguised missile vehicles to avoid satellite detection and reached a desert area.

Song Zhongping, a Chinese military expert and TV commentator, told the Global Times on Thursday that the latest drills demonstrated that the DF-26 has gained a stronger capability in real combat scenarios, including cross-regional manoeuvring, and is not dependent on a preset launch site.

Second Batch Of Rafale Jets: India Coud Follow Egypt’s Footsteps & Opt For SU-35s Over Rafales?

The DF-26 missile can carry conventional or nuclear warheads and is capable of launching precision strikes on land targets and medium and large vessels at sea. Song said that the DF-26 and the DF-21D, which can also target warships but at shorter range, have given the PLA the ability to effectively attack aircraft carriers at far and close ranges.

The live-fire DF-26 exercises showed that the US cannot use aircraft carriers to intervene in China’s internal affairs and threaten China’s national security anymore, Song said, noting that “the US should fully understand that the PLA is not what it was in 1995 or 1996 … China has the capability to make the US lose its aircraft carriers, and this is a key deterrent China should display and can show China’s firm determination in safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

China Arrests Youth For Sharing Details Of PLA Soldiers Killed In Galwan Valley Clash

The DF-26 has an estimated range of 4,500 kilometres, according to a report by Chinese news site in 2015. This means it should be able to cover many regions of the vast waters in the West Pacific and the Indian Ocean and reach US military facilities in Guam, Darwin and Diego Garcia, the report estimated.

As reported by EurAsian Times earlier, India, Australia, Japan and the US conducted joint military drills in the Pacific and the Indian Ocean. The drill was conducted to show solidarity among the QUAD members and to send a stern message to China.




S400-VS-F35 S400-VS-F35
Americas9 hours ago

Is The UAE Threatening To Opt For Russian Su-57 Jets Over US’ Stealth F-35 Warplanes??

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has warned that if the US refuses to supply it with F-35 and MQ-9 Reaper...

india-russia india-russia
Featured10 hours ago

Indian, Russian Navy Hold PASSEX Exercise In The Eastern Indian Ocean Region

On the occasion of Navy Day, the Indian Navy is conducting a passage exercise (PASSEX) with the Russian Navy in...

Pakistan-Turkey-Relations Pakistan-Turkey-Relations
Featured13 hours ago

After Backing Pakistan on Kashmir, Is Turkey’s Erdogan Hiring Syrian Mercenaries To Fight In The Valley?

For some time now, Turkey has been making attempts to grow its influence among the Muslims in South Asia in...

iran-israel iran-israel
Featured14 hours ago

Assassination Of Top Iranian Scientist Will Complicate Relations Between The US & Iran: Joe Biden

Joe Biden, the next President of the United States said the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh is likely...

Asia Pacific15 hours ago

From Rafales, Su-30 MKIs & Tejas, Why Next-Gen BrahMos Missile Can Be A Game-Changer For The Indian Air Force?

Amid the border row with China, the Indian armed forces successfully test-fired the BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles in the past...

India-Pak-War-1971 India-Pak-War-1971
Asia Pacific17 hours ago

What Did Indira Gandhi Tell Naval Chief Before Indian Navy Bombed Karachi Port In 1971 War?

India marks 4 December as Navy Day to commemorate the Indian Navy’s attack on the Karachi port during the 1971...

Asia Pacific18 hours ago

Indian Navy To Counter Chinese Swarm Drones With New Guns That Can ‘Smash’ UAVs

Countries across the globe are looking for innovative ideas to check the menace of small drones or small unmanned aerial...

Featured19 hours ago

Eurofighter Typhoons ‘Soar & Roar’ In Qatar As Royal Air Force Conducts Drills With Emiri Air Force

The British Royal Air Force and Qatar Emiri Air Force, for the first time in history, have come together for...

imran-khan imran-khan
Asia Pacific19 hours ago

Not India, Former ISI Chief Hints At UAE, Saudi Arabia Being The Biggest Threat To Pakistan

Durrani said that Pakistan is not threatened by India but is mired with its internal problems, including political instability and...

EurAsian Region22 hours ago

Russia, Pakistan To Be First Buyers Of Turkey’s Mobile Anti-Drone System That Can Smell UAVs From 5000 Meters

As Turkey is gradually emerging as a drone superpower, its key allies Russia and Pakistan have shown tremendous interest in...