Beijing, China – The Chinese military allegedly shot down a moving target ship during ballistic missile tests it conducted in the South China Sea earlier this year.
The proposed tests represent the first full demonstration by China of its long-range anti-ship ballistic missile capability.
If the tests are accurate, it could significantly alter operational balances for potential competitors, including the US, in the disputed South China Sea region and elsewhere.
A moving target ship was hit in the South China Sea near the Paracel Islands by fired ballistic missiles.
According to the Southern China Post, during a closed-door interview in October, a retired Chinese army official Wang Xiangsui said that one DF-26b IRBM (long-range ballistic missile) and one DF-21D MRBM (Medium-Range Ballistic Missile) were fired during the tests in August, while some sources said four ballistic missiles were launched.
China aims to pose a threat to the US Army’s military operations in the Western Pacific with anti-ship ballistic missiles. Although these tests against moving ships have not yet been confirmed, there is evidence that China is working to reliably use this technology, although it has not already performed it.
The Chinese military said some of its ballistic missile tests in the South China Sea earlier this year hit a moving target ship. If the tests are accurate, it could significantly alter operational balances for potential competitors, including the US, in the disputed South China Sea region and elsewhere.