This still from a video broadcast by the state-run China Central Television shows the Chinese military test-firing a DF-26 anti-ship missile during a recent exercise in northwest China.  SCREENSHOT VIA CCTV
This still from a video broadcast by the state-run China Central Television shows the Chinese military test-firing a DF-26 anti-ship missile during a recent exercise in northwest China. SCREENSHOT VIA CCTV

China tests ‘Guam killer’ missile, claims weapon could strike moving aircraft carrier

by Caitlin Doornbos
Stars and Stripes

China has test-fired its so-called “Guam killer” ballistic missile, claiming the weapon could strike a moving aircraft carrier, according to a report by the state-run Global Times tabloid.

China Central Television on Thursday broadcast footage of the Chinese military launching a pair of DF-26 anti-ship missiles during a live-fire exercise in northwest China, according to a Sunday report by the newspaper.

The missile can carry conventional and nuclear warheads, and is capable of “both rapid nuclear counter-strikes and conventional medium-and-long range precision strikes,” Chinese defense ministry spokesman Senior Col. Wi Qian said at an April press conference, according to an official English translation of the transcript.

The missile has a “double-cone structure with four fin-like flight control surfaces symmetrically built around the base” meant to help control the weapon’s trajectory, the Global Times report said.

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