(From Popular Science)
By Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
In mid August 2015, eagle-eyed Chinese drivers spotted a new Chinese military vehicle that may give an indication of new missile launcher capabilities on the way.
Transporter Erector Launch (TEL) vehicles provide a mobile, survivable platform for surface to air, cruise and ballistic missiles, allowing them to disperse across the countryside in preparation for quick launches. This new TEL vehicle is similar to the all terrain 8X8 TEL for the CJ-10 land attack cruise missile (LACM), but it’s much, much bigger. It appares to share a similar powertrain to the CJ-10 TEL and has the same width, but it’s much longer; it has 6 axles with 12 all terrain wheels. There’s an extended section above the first and second axles, which would likely hold additional personnel and equipment for missile launch and flight corrections. Also, it has a satellite communications dome, suggesting that it requires higher bandwidth for datalinks necessary to operate a more sophisticated missile. Read more