PLA ‘deploys’ DF-17 hypersonic missiles near Taiwan Straits
Published: 10:10 AM, 19 October 2020 Updated: 03:56 PM, 19 October 2020
China’s DF-17 hypersonic missiles; Photo: Collected
China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has deployed its most advanced hypersonic missile, DF-17, at the Chinese mainland’s southeast coast near the island of Taiwan, Hong Kong media reported on Sunday.
Although the reports are ‘speculation or rumor’, the PLA missile which is impossible to be intercepted can immediately deter Taiwan secessionists by controlling the Taiwan Straits and keep the foreign interventions away, according to Chinese mainland analysts on Sunday.
Citing an anonymous source, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post said on Sunday that the PLA has deployed DF-17 missiles to the area that would replace the older DF-11 and DF-15 missiles, which have shorter ranges and less accuracy. “The DF-17 has a maximum range of 2,500 kilometers,” the report said.
Meanwhile, the Taipei-based newspaper the Liberty Times reported that DF-17 could enable the PLA to directly attack Taiwan’s air force bases in Taitung and Hualien in the east of the island.
The PLA has also deployed J-20 stealth fighter jets and Marine Corps units to the coastal region in preparation for a possible battle, the Taiwan media also reported.
Wei Dongxu, a Beijing-based military expert, told the Global Times on Sunday that Hong Kong and Taiwan media have been paying close attention to the movements and development of the Chinese mainland’s strategic weapons, however, most of their reports are pure speculation.
The DF-17 is a newly developed short to medium-range hypersonic missile that was showcased at the National Day military parade on October 1, 2019, in Beijing for the first time.
If the DF-17 is deployed near the Taiwan Straits, it can effectively control the region, deter Taiwan secessionists and keep the foreign interventions away, Wei Dongxu also said.
Source: Global Times