End of November, China armed forces has performed fligt tests of 10 DF-21C medium-range road-mobile ballistic missile. The flight tests were disclosed by China Central Television on November 28, 2016.
The DF-21C is a medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) produced by China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC).
The People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force (PLARF) formerly the Second Artillery Corps is the strategic and tactical missile forces of the People’s Republic of China.
United States Intelligence estimates the Chinese active ICBM (InterContinental Ballistic Missile) arsenal to range between 50 and 75 land and sea based missiles. The PLARF comprises approximately 100,000 personnel and six ballistic missile brigades. The six brigades are independently deployed in different military regions throughout the country. Currently, Chinese Armed Force has 1,833 ballistic missilesand 350 cruise missiles in its arsenal.
The DF-21C is a modernized version of the DF-21 family medium-range road mobile ballistic missile. The development of the DF-21C began in 1984, intended to offer the ability to carry a much larger warhead. The DF-21 and DF-21A were nuclear strike weapons; the DF-21C is employed as a conventional weapon system, employing terminal guidance for increased accuracy.
The DF-21C is a two-stage, solid-fuel, single-warhead medium-range ballistic missile system. The DF-21C missile range is shorter than the DF-21A/-21B due to a larger payload. This missile can carry a single warhead up to 2,000 kg.