DF-16 (CSS-11) Short-Range Ballistic Missile

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.

From “Carrier Killer” to “Guam Express”

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.