Test firing the DF-16B Missile
By Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
New video footage shows a deadly Chinese missile maneuvering to destroy multiple targets.
Already having the world’s largest and most advanced arsenal of short range ballistic missiles, China is constantly finding new ways to keep its missiles relevant for future battles. The DF-16 SRBM, which entered service in 2011-2012, has a range of 1,000km (twice that of the older DF-11 and DF-15), accuracy of 5-10 meters, and a warhead of up to one ton. Fired from a 10X10 transport erector launch vehicle, the DF-16B can hide hundreds of kilometers inland inside China’s interior, but reach out to launch attacks against enemy ships and bases. By flying faster, higher and further than the DF-11 and DF-15, it also can slip through many missile defense systems. And it can take ona variety of payloads, including anti-ship warheads, multiple independent reentry vehicles (MIRVs), bunker busting munitions and more. Read more