Report: China Working on New Intermediate-Range Missile

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Global Security Newswire Staff
March 4, 2014, 8:32 a.m.

China is work­ing on a new in­ter­me­di­ate-range, nuc­le­ar-cap­able mis­sile, the Wash­ing­ton Free Beacon re­por­ted on Monday.

The new bal­list­ic mis­sile, dubbed the Dong­feng-26C, is pro­jec­ted to be able to travel a min­im­um of 2,200 miles.

The news­pa­per said it con­firmed the mis­sile’s de­vel­op­ment with U.S. in­tel­li­gence agen­cies, though spe­cif­ics about the weapon were few. The mis­sile is thought to be sol­id fueled and road mo­bile.

The Dong­feng-26C is an­ti­cip­ated to be men­tioned next month in the De­fense De­part­ment’s yearly brief­ing to Con­gress on China’s armed forces.

“China is de­vel­op­ing and will soon de­ploy new longer-range theat­er mis­siles as part of its anti-ac­cess, area deni­al strategies,” China de­fense ex­pert Richard Fish­er wrote in an email cited by the news­pa­per.

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