DF-26

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DF-26
Dong-Feng 26.JPG
DF-26 missile as seen after the military parade on September 3, 2015.
TypeIRBM
ASBM
Place of originChina
Service history
In serviceBy September 2015
Used byPeople's Liberation Army Rocket Force
Production history
ManufacturerChina Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation
Specifications
Warhead1,200-1,800 kg Thermonuclear weapon
Conventional[1]

EngineSolid-fuel rocket
Operational
range
3,000–5,471 km (1,864–3,400 mi)[2][3]
Accuracy150–450 m (490–1,480 ft) CEP[4]
Launch
platform
Mobile launcher

The Dong-Feng 26 (DF-26, simplified Chinese: 东风-26; traditional Chinese: 東風-26; literally: 'East Wind-26') is an intermediate-range ballistic missile deployed by the People's Liberation Army Rocket Force produced by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC).[5]

The DF-26 has a range of 3,000–5,471 km (1,864–3,400 mi), and may be used in the nuclear, conventional, and anti-ship strike roles.[2] The DF-26 is China's first conventionally-armed ballistic missile capable of reaching Guam and the American military installations located there;[4] this has led to the missile being referred to by netizens as the "Guam Express" or "Guam Killer".[2]

The ambiguity of whether or not a DF-26 unit has conventional or nuclear warheads makes it risky for an adversary to target these missiles in a first strike.[6]

The U.S. Department of Defense did not report the missile being in service in 2013,[7] but it seems likely to have become operational by September 2015 when it was first publicly revealed during the parade in Beijing celebrating 70 years since the end of World War II.[4]

The DF-26 is deployed on a 12x12 transporter-erector-launcher (TEL), likely based on CASC's Tai'an Corporation HTF5680.[5]

US Air Force National Air and Space Intelligence Center estimates that as of June 2017 over 16 launchers were operationally deployed.[8]

In April 2018 China’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has confirmed that the locally designed and developed Dong Feng-26 (DF-26) intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) has entered service with the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force (PLARF).[9]

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "China Commissions DF-26 Missile Brigade - Missile Threat". 20 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Wilson: page 4
  3. ^ https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/10/asia/china-missiles-south-china-sea-intl/index.html
  4. ^ a b c Wilson: page 8
  5. ^ a b Richard D Fisher Jr, James Hardy (30 August 2015). "China previews new ballistic missiles in practices for 3 September parade". Jane's Defence Weekly. IHS. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  6. ^ https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/meet-df-31ag-df-26-big-ballistic-missiles-chinas-military-anniversary-parade
  7. ^ Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China (PDF). Office of the Secretary of Defense (Report). U.S. Department of Defense. 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2014. The DF-21D has a range exceeding 1,500 km and is armed with a maneuverable warhead.
  8. ^ http://www.nasic.af.mil/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=F2VLcKSmCTE%3d&portalid=19 National Air and Space Intelligence Center
  9. ^ "Beijing confirms induction of DF-26 ballistic missile into PLARF - Jane's 360". www.janes.com.
  10. ^ Diplomat, Franz-Stefan Gady, The. "China Tests New Missile Close to Korean Peninsula".
  11. ^ https://www.weibo.com/3181052590/I0RgW1JJh
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