The DF-16 (Dong Feng-16; NATO reporting name: CSS-11) is a road-mobile, conventionally-armed, solid-fuelled short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) system developed and built by Sanjiang Space Group (Base 066, or the 9th Academy) of the China Aerospace Science & Industry Corporation (CASIC). The missile has been in service with the PLA Rocket Force (PLARF) since the early 2010s and was first unveiled to the public during the Victory Day military parade in Beijing on 15 September 2015.
The DF-11 (Dong Feng-11; export name: M-11; NATO reporting name: CSS-7) is a road-mobile, conventionally-armed, single-stage, solid-fuelled short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) system developed and built by Sanjiang Space Group (Base 066, or the 9th Academy) of the China Aerospace Science & Industry Corporation (CASIC). The missile has been exported to Pakistan and produced locally as the Shaheen family of ballistic missiles. An improved variant designated DF-11A has been in service with the PLA since 1999.
The DF-15 (Dong Feng-15; export name: M-9; NATO reporting name: CSS-6) is a road-mobile, conventionally-armed, single-stage, solid-fuelled short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) system developed by Academy of Aerospace Solid Propulsion Technology (AASPT, or 4th Academy) of the China Aerospace Science & Technology Corporation (CASC) consortium. The missile first entered PLA service in the late 1980s and played a key role during the 1995/96 Taiwan Strait Crisis.
Following on from the earlier report that the PLA Second Artillery Corps has been elevated into a full service branch and renamed as the PLA Rocket Force (PLARF), Chinese state media confirmed today that at the same time the PLA also created a brand new branch known as the PLA Strategic Support Force (PLASSF) on the last day of 2015.
On 31 December 2015, the People’s Liberation Army Second Artillery Corps (PLA SAC) was officially elevated in its status from a service arm (兵种) to a full service branch (军种), on par with the Army, Navy, and Air Force. Its name was also changed to the PLA Rocket Force (中国人民解放军火箭军).
In the 3 September Victory Day Military Parade in Beijing that marked the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII, the Second Artillery Corps (SAC) of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) formed six formations in the ground mobile column, featuring seven models of its DF — “Dong Feng” family of theatre and strategic missiles. These missiles cover all categories of the Second Artillery Corp’s current inventory, ranging from short to intercontinental range, from ballistic to cruise missiles, and from nuclear to conventionally armed.
The DF-2 (Dong Feng-2, NATO designation: CSS-1) is China’s first indigenously developed ballistic missile, with a maximum range of 960 km. An improved variant DF-2A with 1,200 km range was China’s first nuclear-armed ballistic missile.
Chinese state media briefly announced today that the country had successfully conducted another ground-based mid-course missile interception test on its territory on Wednesday (23rd July). No further detail about the test was given. This is the third exoatmospheric missile interception test conducted by China, following the two successful tests in January 2010 and January 2013.
Since the beginning of the century, the PLA has introduced a range of tactical air-to-surface missiles (ASM) as standoff weapons for its air force and naval aviation troops. These missiles are a combination of both Russian and Chinese indigenous designs, intended primarily for use against large static land targets such as bridges and buildings. An overwhelming majority of PLA’s tactical ASMs use TV-guidance with datalink command, used in conjunction with a targeting pod to provide datalink between the missile and its carrier aircraft. The tactical ASMs introduced in more recent years feature ‘fire-and-forgot’ and all-weather, day/night operation capabilities.