The People’s Liberation Army Navy’s DF-21D anti-ship missile has a range of 2,000 kilometers and has the capability to sink a US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, according to the Hindu, an English-language Indian newspaper on Mar. 5, citing a recently published report.
The report released by the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore states that China’s Beidou satellite navigation system will help increase the accuracy of the country’s missiles greatly. The report, written by various experts in India, concluded that the existence of the DF-21D has shaken the traditional view of the US Navy’s unassailable superiority in the Asia Pacific region. The anti-ship ballistic missile is likely to serve as a credible deterrent against American intervention in China’s maritime disputes, of which it has several with its Asian neighbors, the report said.
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