Military vehicles carrying DF-26 ballistic missiles participate in a military parade at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on Sept. 3, 2015.
China’s advanced DF-26 intermediate-range ballistic missile may be incorporated into its rocket force, boosting being able to counter opponents on land possibly at sea, a defense ministry spokesman said Thursday.
The missile is capable of lofting both conventional and nuclear warheads, the second to execute a rapid retaliatory strike, ministry spokesman Wu Qian told reporters at a monthly news briefing.
The missile is believed to experience a range of as much as 4,000 kilometers (2,500 miles), leaving vulnerable the important U.S. military installations around the island of Guam, along with other bases in the area.
Despite that, Wu said China remained firm in the defensive military posture, including a policy of never launching a nuclear first strike against an adversary.
China’s missile force is essentially made to degrade Taiwan’s defenses in a turn to conquer the self-governing island, while delaying U.S. military support.
Included inside arsenal may be the DF-21D, that is built to sign up for a plane carrier, along with a new air-to-air missile using a variety of some 400 kilometers (249 miles) that can attack assets like early warning aircraft and refueling tankers imperative to U.S. Air Force operations.