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DF-21D

Medium-range ballistic missile

DF-21D

Chinese sources claim that the DF-21D is intended to engage aircraft carriers and other battleships

 
 
Entered service 2012 (?)
Crew ~ 5 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ?
Length ?
Width ?
Height ?
Missile
Missile length ~ 10.7 m
Missile diameter mm
Missile launch weight ~ 15 t
Warhead weight ?
Warhead type Conventional, or possibly nuclear
Range of fire over 2 000 km
CEP ~ 30 m
Mobility
Engine Deutz diesel
Engine power 544 hp
Maximum road speed 70 km/h
Range 650 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 40%
Side slope 20%
Vertical step 0.4 m
Trench 2.5 m
Fording 1.2 m

 

   The original DF-21 ballistic missile is dated back to the 1980s. Its latest variant, the DF-21D was first unveiled in 2012. It evolved from the DF-21C. Externally these missiles and their launchers are very similar. Chinese sources claim that the DF-21D is an anti-ship ballistic missile. Furthermore that it is the first dedicated anti-ship ballistic missile in the world and the DF-21D is intended to engage large surface ships, such as US Navy's aircraft carriers and their battle groups. It is claimed that this missiles reached initial operational capability in 2012.

   The DF-21D is a solid-fuel ballistic missile. It has a range of over 2 000 km. Some sources claim that its maximum range is up to 3 000 km. It can reach targets in the Yellow Sea, Taiwan Straight and South China Sea.

   Chinese sources report, that the DF-21D has a conventional warhead. However most likely that this ballistic missile carries a nuclear warhead, or even multiple nuclear warheads. It should be capable of attacking not only ships, but cities and military bases as well.

   It is claimed that this missile has inertial guidance, possibly combined with indigenous BeiDou satellite navigation. It is also claims that during the terminal phase it uses active radar guidance. This missile should be accurate. It is likely that it has a CEP of less than 30 meters.

   Mobile launcher of the DF-21D is based on Wanshan WS2600 special wheeled chassis. Vehicle has 10x8 configuration. It is fitted with a central tyre inflation system, that improves mobility over various types of terrain, such as mud, and and snow. Vehicle has some degree of cross-country mobility. However normally it is intended to be used on hard surface roads.

   Recently another new ballistic missile surfaced in China. The DF-26 intermediate-range ballistic missile is based on a DF-21, but has increased range. It has a range of around 3 000 to 4 000 km. It was first publicly revealed in 2015, however in 2013 this ballistic missile was already in operational service.

 
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