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China activates new precision intermediate, long-range missiles: Report

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

has activated new intermediate and long-range missiles capable of precision strikes on medium and large warships, here reported.

The domestically developed missiles, which were recently used by a missile brigade of the People's Liberation Army's (PLA) rocket force, is capable of nuclear counterattacks, and marks a further development of Chinese artillery's combat capabilities, state-run Central Television (CCTV) reported.

It is capable of precision strikes on medium and large targets on land, and similar sized warships at sea, official tabloid quoted the CCTV report as saying.

"This breakthrough means that the missile's reaction time is quicker, and its station-keeping ability is more precise," Zhang Junshe, a senior research fellow at the PLA Naval Military Studies Research Institute, told the daily.

In recent years, the PLA Rocket Force, which is created as part of the reforms initiated by has been focusing on improving its nuclear counterattack capabilities and medium-to-long range precision strikes.

It is more "combat ready, and launches on time and causes serious damage," the report said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 16:50 IST
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