Rare images show Chinese soldiers launching the mysterious DF-16 ballistic missile from Beijing that can destroy the military bases of Washington in Asia & # 39;
- The first footage released by the state broadcaster shows that DF-16 is being launched
- PLA soldiers conducted a military exercise to practice combat skills
- The rocket could defend Beijing against Washington's military bases in Asia
- The United States has more than 800 overseas bases, including 122 in Japan
The Chinese state broadcaster has for the first time shown footage of the Dongfeng-16 rocket being launched during an exercise.
Dongfeng-16, a relatively mysterious member of the Chinese rocket family, is a ground-to-ground ballistic missile with a reported maximum range of 1,600 kilometers (994 miles).
Improved with high precision by the Chinese navigation system Beidou, the rocket could destroy short-to-medium-range targets on the archipelagos in East Asia, including US military bases in Japan, according to People's Daily.
Soldiers in training are getting ready to launch a DF-16 rocket during a recent military exercise in China
This is the first time that images of the rocket have been launched by Beijing
Dongfeng-16, also known as DF-16, was unveiled during the Chinese Victory Day Parade in 2015, which marked the 70th anniversary of Japan & # 39; s surrender during the Second World War.
It has been announced as the & # 39; Okinawa Express & # 39; in China, indicating that it was designed to defend Beijing against US military bases on Japanese territory.
The rare footage was released by China last week Military report during a program that introduced the training of soldiers from the Rocket Force in the People & # 39; s Liberation Army.
The Rocket Force was established on January 1, 2016 to manage and exploit the growing number of rockets from Beijing.
The video shows a number of soldiers in training setting up a DF-16 and launching it at a remote location during a recent exercise.
The CCTV program shows soldiers who are being trained at the Rocket Force Officer School
A DF-16 is flying in the air after being launched at a remote location in China during the exercise
Ning Luqiao, a commander of the Rocket Force Officer School, said to CCTV: & (39) We must assess our educational outcomes with fighting capabilities and provide talent that can wage war and win a war. & # 39;
Chinese military expert Du Wenlong said that People's Daily DF-16 could protect the country against threats from the first island chain, an important archipelago in Asia that extends from Japan to Indonesia via Taiwan and the Philippines.
Du said the first island chain was the result of the Cold War, with the United States establishing various military bases on the islands to prevent threats from China and the Soviet Union.
& # 39; If our country has weapons with the correct battle range, (they) will give a fatal blow to all bases on the first island chain in the event of a war, & # 39; said Du.
Dongfeng-16, also known as DF-16, was unveiled during the Chinese Victory Day Parade (photo) on September 3, 2015, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the surrender of Japan to the Second World War
Since power came to power in 2012, Chinese President Xi Jinping has prepared the construction of a stronger, militant army with a trumpet. In the photo, Xi issues an order to the soldiers in January 2018
The United States now has more than 800 military bases in more than 80 countries, including 122 in Japan, 83 in South Korea and some in the Philippines, according to overseasbases.net.
Du said DF-16 filled the gap between short and long range missiles in China's arsenal.
Another military expert Yin Zhuo said that DF-16 was easy to launch and did not need a special launch platform.
A military expert said that DF-16 could protect Beijing against threats from the first island chain
He claimed that the warhead could destroy ground and underground military facilities.
He added that DF-16 can withstand electrical magnetic interference and evade all kinds of interception.
China claims to possess around 2500 ballistic missiles.
The PLA has two series of rockets, the Dongfeng or & # 39; East Wind & # 39; guided missiles and the Julang or & # 39; Giant Wave & # 39; nuclear submarine rockets.
Propaganda video claims that China has 2500 ballistic missiles
A propaganda video from China has claimed that Beijing has around 2,500 ballistic missiles, including one of & # 39; the world's most powerful weapons, Dongfeng-41.
It is said that the Dongfeng-41 rocket has the longest reach of all ballistic missiles in the world and could reach London or the United States with nuclear warheads.
However, the same video also said that other countries should not be afraid of the & # 39; advanced artillery of China & # 39; because Beijing would not use the weapons unless it is provoked.
The other rockets from China include the DF-21 with a shooting distance of 3,100 km (1,926 miles) and becomes & # 39; the killer of the aircraft carrier & # 39; called.
The rocket may be able to sink an American Nimitz-class aircraft carrier into a single attack, media has claimed.
According to the Chinese news site Sina.com, the DF-10 rocket is the best-performing long-range rocket in the world.
Sina said that the 990-pound (450 kg) weapon could hit a maximum distance of 2,242 miles (2,000 km) and could reach Japan and Taiwan if it was fired from inland China.
The DF-15B rocket is an improved version of the original DF-15 rocket and debuted in 2009 during the military parade to celebrate China's 60th National Day.
The rocket is said to travel at a speed of 2000 meters (1.4 miles) per second and its striking accuracy is within 30 meters (98 feet).
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