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Chinese Aircraft Carrier Killer: Dong-Feng 21D Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile (Infographics)

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Chinese Aircraft Carrier Killer: Dong-Feng 21D Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile (Infographics)

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The Dong-Feng 21D (DF-21D) is a Chinese indigenously developed anti-ship ballistic missile.

The base version of the missile is the DF-21, which is a medium-range, road-mobile ballistic missile. It was the first road-mobile, solid propellant missile developed by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and is a variant of the CSS-N-3 (JL-1) submarine-launched system that replaced the Dong Feng-2 (CSS-1) in the early 1980s.

The Dong Feng 21’s solid-propellant system significantly increases its service life and mobility while decreasing its maintenance cost and launch time. The Dong Feng 21 represented a shift in the PRC away from liquid fueled designs.

The DF-21D is a conventionally armed DF-21 variant designed to attack ships at sea. Sometimes dubbed the “carrier-killer,” U.S. reports suggest a range a 1,450 to 1,550 km.

Similar to the DF-21B, the warhead is likely maneuverable and may have an accuracy of 20 m CEP. This missile entered service in 2006 along with the DF-21C.

In 2013, the missile was tested against a ship target that was roughly the same size as contemporary U.S. aircraft carriers.

The DF-21D was deemed operational in 2012 and is the world’s first anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM) intended to attack ships at sea while being launched from a ground vehicle.

Reaching speeds up to Mach 10 during the terminal phase, the DF-21D is the fastest MRBM to date and can surpass existing U.S. missile defense systems such as the sea-based AEGIS ballistic missile defense (BMD) system.

By using both inertial and radar guidance systems, the ASBM increases speed upon reentering Earth’s atmosphere to avoid missile defense structures and ensure a direct hit on moving sea-based targets.

A variant of the DF-21D is currently in production with intentions of increasing its range and payload.

Chinese Aircraft Carrier Killer: Dong-Feng 21D Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile (Infographics)

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Until the United States deploys adequate capabilities to defend against the DF-21D, U.S. aircraft carrier strike groups operating within the missile’s range will remain vulnerable.

The DF-21D is critical to China’s anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) strategy in the Asia-Pacific region, which aims to limit U.S. freedom of movement by exploiting U.S. operational vulnerabilities.

Using long-range precision-guided ballistic missiles such as the DF-21D, China puts all U.S. forces operating in the Asia-Pacific at risk, undercutting U.S. power projection in the region.

In addition, the long-range standoff capability of the DF-21D grants China more operation flexibility in the field while minimizing the chance of a surprise attack.

As a result, this is a significant operational advantage in the region for China.


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Ryan Glantz

Looks like Low Earth Orbit based defense grids will be a valid method to deter / destroy a Mach 10 MRBM. Space Force!

Lone Ranger

Orbital weapons platforms are good against stationary targets but highly ineffective against fast moving targets. Lasers and particle beam weapons are an option but they dont have the range and the power yet to take out something that fast from hundreds of miles. Maybe in 50years.

Ryan Glantz

don’t you know? the military industrial complex is 50 – 100 years ahead, and the private sector is perhaps 1,000 years ahead of civilian tech.



There is an answer to that, satellite killers, and anti ballistic missiles launched from the ground or aircraft.

Ryan Glantz


On July 3, 2019, a photo was released of a flying rectangle shaped UFO near the island of Maui that was taken over a year earlier, and only recently discovered by the photographer. What is remarkable about the photo is that it shows what appears to be a craft very similar to one photographed near MacDill Air Force base in October 2017, which was revealed by my Florida source, JP, to be a weapons platform used by U.S. Air Force Special Operations.

The similarity of the craft seen in the respective photos raises the intriguing possibility that the flying rectangle photographed near Maui may have been involved in the shooting down of a nuclear ballistic missile aimed at Hawaii on January 13, 2018, widely thought to have been a false missile alert. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/12ab141b26c0c513975e630af7210b34f337ecd42383b54fa5c931c104351a01.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e9d0769d616439ba4a064d0a87bb940a322341bc6024e8b9dfbcb8e71101f01a.jpg

First, here is the photo of the Maui rectangle along with an insert showing a close-up.

Samuel Vanguard

Chinese paper tiger

Lone Ranger

Salty tears detected…

Samuel Vanguard

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.

Lone Ranger

Indeed, you shouldnt ignore facts. Agreed.

Kenny Jones ™

Taiwan soon

Lone Ranger

Big Dong… Carriers were already obsolete 30years ago. They are only good to destroy third world countries and terrorists.


What terrorists? Did you really mean the US destroys terrorists!?

Well, sometimes they “liquidate some of their compromised assets”, is that it?

Lone Ranger

Yes, indeed.?


AND also to provide aircover for terrorist gangs on the US payroll.

Black Waters

Dong feng… it sound familiar… is that the name of a mythological dragon or something?


Sounds like a Chinese restaurant to me :)

Black Waters


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