Recently, the PLA Chief of General Staff Chen Bingde said Dongfeng-21D anti-ship ballistic missiles is still in test, but U.S. analysts believe that although the Dongfeng-21D can not play some of the features, but already have a certain level of combat capability, adding that China will eventually may produce about ten thousand of the missiles, which cost the equivalent of the United States the cost of building an aircraft carrier.
U.S. media said recently confirmed that the PLA Chief of General Staff Chen Bingde is developing Dongfeng-21D anti-ship ballistic missile forces have aircraft carriers in China can challenge the U.S. Navy in the Pacific before the initiative. The article quoted U.S. "diplomat" magazine reported that 15, DF-21 can hit 2700 km outside the surface-ship, the fight against the U.S. Navy before the distance is nearly twice as analysts expected.
U.S. media also said that Chen Bingde also said that China is still anti-ship ballistic missile test successful deployment will be used as a defensive weapon, not for attack. "This is a high-tech weapons, and we in the capital, technical and high-quality personnel face many difficulties, this is difficult because the missile development."
"Diplomat" magazine article also pointed out that U.S. analysts believe that, although the DF-21 can not play some of the features, but already have a certain level of combat capability. Reported that "China's large-scale technology projects are usually conducted in secret, the process is very secretive." Experts say, in addition to better targeting of U.S. aircraft carrier missile, but China also needs to have long-range radar systems, military satellites need to be guide. Experts also believe that China will eventually use the United States the cost of building an aircraft carrier, the production of about 10000 DF-21, so that although China is the lack of some technology, but can hit more distant surface targets.