China’s Rocket Force Practices ‘Carrier Killer’ Exercises With 2,500-Mile-Range Ballistic Missiles
China’s army recently conducted training drills with a nearly 2,500-mile-range ballistic missile described as a “carrier killer.”
China Radio International reported on Tuesday night, according to the South China Morning Post, that the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force recently held a midnight rocket training exercise. The goal of the drill, according to the article, was to improve the Rocket Force’s ability to quickly shift weapons and missiles.
According to the state-run Global Times, the Rocket Force was also practicing with DF-26 “carrier killer” ballistic missiles. The DF-26 missiles can reach up to 2,485 miles and can be deployed as a nuclear strike or a traditional land strike, according to the South China Morning Post.
According to the Global Times, the simulation also included a mock attack on the rocket’s launch pad.
“Recently, we’ve started doing night exercises on a regular basis, which usually lasted till after midnight. According to the Global Times, they featured “random changes of launch points and targets, consecutive fire strikes and relocations.” Col. Jiang Feng, the brigade’s deputy commander, told China National Radio.
After the United States and the Soviet Union signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in 1987, missiles like the DF-26 “carrier killer” were outlawed. The treaty outlawed “nuclear and conventional ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges of 500 to 5,500 kilometers,” according to the independent Arms Control Association.
President Donald Trump announced his withdrawal from the treaty in 2018, citing concerns that Russia and China were both developing weapons prohibited by the treaty. “Unless Russia and China and everyone else comes to us and says, ‘Let’s all become smart and let’s none of us develop those weapons,’ but if Russia and China are doing it and we’re sticking to the agreement, that’s unacceptable,” Trump stated in 2018.
“China’s rocket force has been trained to launch various missiles, and the DF-26 is one that can strike aircraft carriers at sea, where China’s biggest threat comes from,” Song Zhongping, a Hong Kong-based military expert and former instructor in the People’s Liberation Army, told the South China Morning Post.
The People’s Liberation Army carried out other operations earlier this week. This is a brief summary.