Chinese military conducts new missile tests
The Chinese People's Liberation Army's (PLA) Rocket Force has test-fired new missiles in the Bohai Sea.
The operational test is believed to have been carried out in response to the deployment of US Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in South Korea, according to media sources.
According to the Information Bureau of China's Ministry of National Defense (MND), the missile test has achieved the expected results.
The PLA Rocket Force conducted operational test for its new-type missile weapons in order to improve the troops' capability of carrying out missions and efficiently deal with national security threats.
The test firing is in line with the annual training plan, Information Bureau stated.
Military analyst Liang Guoliang from Hong Kong was quoted by South China Morning Post as saying: “The missiles might be launched from the northeast to the east by the Rocket Force, with a range of 2,000km or above.
“It was likely the advanced intermediate-range DF-26B, a modified version of the DF-26.”
Last month, Chinese Defense Ministry spokesperson Yang Yujun said that the nation's military would carry out real combat-oriented training and drills, as well as conduct tests on its new-type weaponry to safeguard national security and regional peace and stability.
The THAAD system, deployed to South Korea to counter missile threats from North Korea, has become operational earlier this month despite protests from local residents and China.
This highly mobile system will be able to shoot down short and medium-range ballistic missiles.