DF-21D ballistic missiles deployed to Guangdong

10:25:00 PM
BEIJING, -- To stop US carrier groups from entering South China Sea waters, the Second Artillery Corps, China's strategic missile force, has recently deployed DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missiles to the southern province of Guangdong, according to the Canada-based Kanwa Defense Review.

The expansion of the Second Artillery Corps unit in Guangdong began in 2010, according to a report from the Pentagon. It has nine parking lots for the mobile launchers and an additional 13 lots for other vehicles. The facilities apparently also contain a training field, office building and checkpost, according to a satellite photo.

With an attack range of 2,700 kilometers, the DF-21D can be used to form a blockade against the United States and allies in the Western Pacific. Those missiles would very likely be used against a US carrier battle group in the disputed southern seas and the Taiwan Strait.

Similar missile systems of the Second Artillery Corps have been deployed to other bases around China.

DF-21D ASBM Road-mobile launcher.


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