China Unveils New Ballistic Missile Capable Of Hitting Taiwan, US Bases In Asia

Tyler Durden's picture

Two weeks after China allegedly unveiled a new ICBM system "in response to Trump's provocative remarks", a report which however was subsequently denied by Chinese officials, China had no qualms about revealing another highly accurate ballistic missile in recent Rocket Force drills, which is capable of threatening not only Taiwan and the contested South China Sea islands, but also U.S. and Japanese bases in Asia.

As AP reports, the medium-range DF-16 featured in a video posted last week on the Defense Ministry's website showing the missiles aboard their 10-wheeled mobile launch vehicles being deployed in deep forest during exercises over the just-concluded Lunar New Year holiday.

While the Rocket Force boasts an extensive armory of missiles of various ranges, the DF-16 fills a particular role in extending China's reach over waters it seeks to control within what it calls the "first-island chain."

Some more details from the missile's public profile,the DF-16 is a new-model missile that has a longer range than the DF-15 (between 1,000–1,600 km (620–990 mi)). A Taiwan official announced on March 16, 2011 that Taiwan believed China had begun deploying the missiles.

The DF-16 represents an increased threat to Taiwan because it is more difficult to intercept for anti-ballistic missiles systems such as the MIM-104 Patriot PAC-3. Due to its increased range, the missile has to climb to higher altitudes before descending, giving more time for gravity to accelerate it on re-entry, faster than a PAC-3 could effectively engage it. The DF-16 is a MRBM longer and wider than previous models with a 1,000–1,500 kg (2,200–3,300 lb) warhead. Its bi-conic warhead structure leaves room for potential growth to include specialized terminally guided and deep penetrating warheads. It is launched from a 10×10 wheeled TEL similar to that of the DF-21, but instead of a "cold launch" missile storage tube it uses a new protective "shell" to cover the missile.

In other words, as Sino-US diplomatic tensions over Taiwan, and the South China Sea contested islands continue to escalate with the US warning it would never concede sovereignty over the disputed naval area as per Rex Tillerson's recent confirmation hearing, China has now openly unveiled, and telegraphed, its nuclear "first strike" optionality on both the islands - and Taiwan - should it need it.

First displayed at a Beijing military parade in 2015, the missile is believed to have a range of 1,000 kilometers (620 miles), putting it within striking distance of Okinawa, home to several U.S. military installations, as well as the Japanese home islands, Taiwan and the Philippines.

The two-stage DF-16 replaces the older, shorter range DF-11, with a final stage that can adjust its trajectory to strike slow moving targets and evade anti-missile defenses such as the U.S. Patriot system deployed by Taiwan.

It also carries up to three warheads weighing as much as a ton and carrying conventional high explosives or a nuclear weapon. Further increasingly its lethality, the missile is believed to be accurate to within as little as 5 meters (16 feet) of the target, similar to that of a cruise missile.

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Ghost of Porky's picture

Take a rong rook at our new barristic missire, Donard!

D Nyle's picture

Just like the fake space Monkey


SilverRhino's picture

Start shooting your Dongs and the US will start reducing your population.

wildbad's picture

we too low

yoo bei now

sum ting wong

Looney's picture


China sure has a lot of military hardware, but I just don’t see them ever using it.

Trump doesn’t see it either. Even 0bama never did.

That’s why Trump’s approach towards China is much more heavy-handed than towards Russia. I think?  ;-)


gladih8r's picture

It's the Long Dong of Peace.  China will "keep it in their pants".

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) gladih8r Feb 6, 2017 11:49 AM

The truth is the US will go to war with China over those islands.

nonclaim's picture

A typhoon will do the job, clean and cheap.

silverer's picture

You have to look at the big picture of what's happening. The US is a country that thanks to Obama's added 10 trillion, is terminally bankrupt. Mathematically, the bills can't be paid. Even if you raised income taxes on every taxpayer to 90%, the budget can't be balanced. So in the meantime, Congress continues to steal from every American's children, and readies new confiscatory tax laws. Their student loan program was an income scheme to add funding. In contrast, the only area of the world with promising growth is the Asian rim and Russia. China has not put up those islands as a stepping stone for further expansion. China has put those there to protect the increased commerce it expects when the promise of the Silk Road is fulfilled. It's happening now. They want to protect themselves and their markets from Western interference. They know the West is desperate, and they are taking what I think is prudent measure to protect their next steps forward. They are happy to let the US sink into the one way abyss of bankruptcy. We have little to offer the rest of the world now except printed money and thin promises of returns on US Treasuries the US soon won't be able to sell. The US makes nothing BUT debt. Soon, the Asian rim countries won't need the US. That is their goal.

Son of Loki's picture

The Chinese own most of Seattle and SF so i don't see them wanting any major conflcits since many of the owners are actually gubmint officals is my guess.

SMG's picture

China is a threat to both Russia and the US.   Another good reason these two countries need to be friends.

shamus001's picture

Sorry, had to downvote you. While many of your assertions are correct, the U.S. exports 1/3 of the worlds food. And China eats ALOT. Without our food, starvation hits the world over in short order.

Diatom's picture

Murika exports piece of shit GMO crap...


The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) gladih8r Feb 6, 2017 11:51 AM

So the Chinese would rather destroy Taiwan and the people there than see it operate as a separate state?  Occupation is one thing but having missiles ready to destroy it is another.


wildbad's picture

methinks you are right.

while perhaps not a paper tiger perhapsa tiger whose fins fly off in mid air and whose reverse engineering left out a few critical steps and tolerances to make them first rate.

and for you downvoters:

sum yung cunt

nonclaim's picture

The truck design was stolen from Putin... or perhaps it was produced under licence (yeah, right...).

ne-tiger's picture

white trash feels so good after some racial jokes...

ne-tiger's picture

so many white trash here who feel so good after some racial jokes...

wildbad's picture

(banjo music in background)

aw shucks.

yoo bei aw go!

Takeaction2's picture
Takeaction2 (not verified) Ghost of Porky Feb 6, 2017 11:01 AM

Off Topic but important.  Look at the letter to the FED from the TRUMP team.  They have their eyes on the FED.  I LOVE IT.

DONALD...PLEASE END THE FED....Bring Sound Money Back!!

"The Trump team wasted no time in telling Fed Chair Janet Yellen what is and is not acceptable."

wildbad's picture

excellent post. i hope that this is just a first strike on the real empire of evil.

then again..isn't this what usually precedes an assasination?

halcyon's picture

China has a right to protect its historical areas, its shipping routes and its national sovereignty.

Why wouldn't they? Just like US. Hypocritical to even make headlines about it. Why not make headlines about US/UK/Israel weaponry? Oh yeah, we are not allowed to criticize them, because they are on the side of 'freedom' (of central bank pringint, oil wars and colonialism).

Make China great again! China first!

bigkahuna's picture

Yeah - not sure why they want to talk about this. China has a nasty ICBM Nuke arsenal. Some of the biggest nuclear warheads out there. This new rocket - while the steering component is a good upgrade - does not seem newsworthy. They have had the ability for decades to nuke the daylights out of anyone they want to.

wildbad's picture

building an island in the middle of a sea lane is like claiming a parking spot in the middle of an LA Freeway...except in the sea lane you get to claim the waters out to 12 miles all around.

who could have a problem with that?

i think we should build islands everywhere. /s

brianshell's picture

Isn't it nice what China has used all that Walmart money for?

francis scott falseflag's picture


Raffing out Roud, Porky, Raffing out Roud

Genby's picture

Big deal. China already has ICBMs capable of hitting entire US territory.

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ Genby,

Exactly! They've had the Tech since the 90's when the Clinton Administration sold them all the ICBM Tech, boost, MERV, tracking, & re entry. Everything.

It's one big Circle Jerk with these Scum Fucks.

optimator's picture

They range as far as California, but after they build a few Islands around the Channel Islands it'll be their own territory they nuke.

Chuckster's picture

The USA has no business even being in the area.

MrBoompi's picture

Isn't it an oxymoron to develop a nuclear-armed missile with an accuracy of +/- 5 meters?

WTFUD's picture

Not when fired from 500-1000 miles. Remember on impact it'll wipe out an area of 20km squared.

3rdWorldTrillionaire's picture

I believe it was rhetorical...

francis scott falseflag's picture


We don't go for the rhetorical here at ZH


Consider this your first notice

Jason T's picture

china.. the least of our problems.

aliens is here's picture

Commie Chinese needs to be face slapped hard. Sick of their bullying.

Silky Johnson's picture

Do it, don't just flap your cock warmers, do it!

Yen Cross's picture

 Blahhh= Blahhh

WTFUD's picture

No need for nuclear weapons against Japan, they're doing a nice job of nuking themselves.

francis scott falseflag's picture


History repeats itself 

SHADEWELL's picture

Wok u

I see BM

Wee fly dong into our backside HOLE

Yonathan Zwift's picture

Which USA Trading Partners are building ICBM's to destroy the US, it assets and it's allies?  Boy, this technology sure looks familiar.  I wonder, were the Clintons, Bushes or Obamas involved in any recent technology transfers?

shovelhead's picture

How forbidden do you want to make the Forbidden City?

francis scott falseflag's picture


For Americans, it'll be the Verboten City.

No peaking.

reader2010's picture

First block their trade for a year or two. If they choose war,  fine. Then nuke them and EMP them.

wethecom's picture

did they have to make balistic missles that would go a shorter range?

or is this saber rattling?

this isnt a real question dont answer it

francis scott falseflag's picture


Yep.  Shorter distance and moar Machs.

Chinese think of everything.

Like American porn producers.