Serhat TUNAR –TDO- China plans to deploy midrange ballistic missiles capable of destroying U.S. aircraft carriers by 2020, according to multiple state media reports.
China Times and others reported Tuesday the Dongfeng-17 is a midrange rocket that could be used to sink an entire U.S. aircraft carrier, if it is fired eight times.
The Dongfeng-17 is equipped with a hypersonic gliding warhead that has theability to penetrate the missile defense system of the United States and other countries, the reports say.
Chen Guangwen, a Chinese military commentator, said the Dongfeng-17 is "impossible" to be traced and intercepted by "Western missile defense." If Dongfeng-ZF's hypersonic warhead technology is perfected, the weapon could pose a major threat to the United States' missile defense network, Chen said.
According to Chinese media, the Dongfeng-17 is capable of carrying nuclear warheads and striking any target in the world within an hour. But the reports also added the hypersonic boost-glide weapon cannot at the moment be used to target the United States because the re-entry vehicle glides at high speeds, unpowered, after the rocket motor detaches.