China’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has confirmed that the locally designed and developed Dong Feng-26 (DF-26) intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) has entered service with the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force (PLARF).
Speaking to reporters on 26 April MND spokesperson Senior Colonel Wu Qian said that the “new-generation” weapon was “officially commissioned into the Rocket Force” after completing "trials and operational tests".
The spokesperson described the DF-26 as being capable of carrying conventional and nuclear warheads, and conducting “rapid nuclear counter-strikes and conventional medium-and long-range precision strikes” against land targets and medium- and large-sized vessels.
Moreover, several new technologies have been integrated into the DF-26 that “help increase the missile’s utilisation and improve its integration and informationisation”, said the MND spokesperson, stressing that China’s ‘no-first-use’ nuclear weapon policy remains unchanged.
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