China Fires ‘Long Sword’ DF-10 Cruise Missiles

Chinese state-owned media claims to have broadcasted never-seen-before footage of three of its DF-10 cruise missiles firing in rapid succession this week.

Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece The People’s Daily tweeted the video of the ‘long sword’ missiles being fired from a rolling missile launcher truck.

The DF-10, previous known as the CJ-10, has a range of 930 miles, which means it could reach U.S. military bases in South Korea and the Japanese island of Okinawa. They can also carry 1103-pound nuclear warheads and be mounted on missile trucks, submarines or warships.

The ground-based land-attack missile is reportedly made by the Third Academy of the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) and the China Haiying Electro-Mechanical Technology Academy (CHETA). It made it’s first public appearance at the 2009 military parade that celebrated the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China.

According to Army Recognition, the DF-10 is the world’s most advanced “nuclear and conventional ground-based remote cruise missile.”

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SOURCE: Newsweek, Christina Zhao

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