Chinese Navy publicly demonstrates hypersonic anti-ship missile ahead of its 73rd anniversary celebration
For the first time, footage of the launch of the YJ-21 hypersonic missile (Yingzi-21, Eagle Strike-21) from the URO Type 055 destroyer has been published for the first time.
The ship- and air-based missile has a firing range of 1,000 to 1,500 km.
The rare display of weapons by the PLA could be seen as a strategic deterrent against the United States and Taiwan. Last week, the US AUG took part in a joint exercise with Japan off the coast of the Korean Peninsula.
The demonstration of the YJ-21, using a Type 055 destroyer and a Hong-6N bomber, was sent to warn Washington and Taipei that the PLA had enough strategic options to prevent access and blockade territory.
Beijing is concerned that US military assistance to Ukraine and the recent visit of a US delegation to Taiwan may lead Taipei to believe that Washington can provide the same assistance in the event of a conflict between China and Taipei.