China touts new 'brigade' of 'Guam Killer' missiles

SHOW OF FORCE: Chinese Dong Feng 26 intermediate-range ballistic missiles roll past Tiananmen Gate during a September 2015 military parade in Beijing, China. Reuters file photo

Just two days after Saturday's precision U.S. missile strikes on Syria, state controlled media in China announced what it described as a new "brigade" of its Dong Feng 26 (DF-26) intermediate-range ballistic missile.

U.S. analysts have nicknamed the missile the "Guam Express" and the "Guam Killer" because it has a range that extends to the island and its military installations.

The People's Liberation Daily newspaper said the missiles had been "commissioned." They reported that this latest DF-26 missile brigade comprises 22 missiles atop 12-axle transporter erector launchers.

State broadcaster CCTV said the missiles were "activated." File video footage of the missile on parade was shown.

The DF-26 made its first public appearance during a 2015 military parade in Beijing. The missile is thought to have a range of 2,500 miles and be capable of delivering nuclear and conventional payloads.

The announcement appeared to be a show of force following the Syria strike over the weekend and the recent agreement by the U.S. to provide Taiwan with submarine manufacturing technology.

China's navy this week is holding live-fire exercises in the Taiwan strait. Maritime authorities have banned entry by ships into affected areas.

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