«The Dongfeng-17, is a Chinese solid-fuelled road-mobile medium-range ballistic missile that mounts the DF-ZF Hypersonic Glide Vehicle. The DF-17’s hypersonic armament gives China significant leverage over current conventional ABM’s due to the glide vehicle’s unpredictable ballistic trajectory.
The DF-17 along with the DF-ZF, was officially unveiled at the National Day military parade on 1 October 2019, making this China’s first operational hypersonic weapon systems and one of the world’s first to be put in full initial ….
The biggest change however, is the obvious usage of a hypersonic glide vehicle rather than a conventional re-entry warhead(s) found in normal ballistic missiles and MIRVs. ….
The DF-ZF HGV operates in a different manner from normal ballistic missiles or even intercontinental ballistic missiles in the first place. Rather than firing and landing in a normal arc, the DF-17’s HGV suppresses its trajectory and accelerates to reach Mach 5.
Due to its extreme speed and suppressed/lower altitude trajectory, intercepting the glide vehicle with ABM shielding becomes far harder and more complex than that of a conventional re-entry vehicle. This is further complicated, as the gliding makes the DF-ZF far more maneuverable; extending both its range and avoiding potential ABM shielding.» [Fonte]
«China’s transporter erector launcher (TEL), which carries and fires DF-17 hypersonic missiles, has received a stealth camouflaged cover that makes it more challenging for the US and allies to identify via reconnaissance satellites»
Già il fatto di essere lanciabile da parte di un veicolo terrestre rende difficilmente identificabile il DF-17 da parte della sorveglianza satellitare avversa. Rendendo stealth il veicolo mobile terrestre si rende ancor più difficile la sua identificazione satellitare.
Tenendo con che il missile viaggia a bassa quota alla velocità massima di Mach 5 (~6,000 km/h), il DF-17 colpisce un bersaglio a 2,000 km in poco meno di venti minuti primi. Non solo, il missile è in grado di mutare rotta ed eseguire manovre di disimpegno, fatto questo che lo rende quasi non intercettabile.
Adesso che anche il lanciatore è diventato stealth, tutto questo sistema d’arma sta assumendo una notevole potenzialità dissuasiva.
Si noti come il DF-17 abbia un raggio di azione che include Taiwan.
China’s transporter erector launcher (TEL), which carries and fires DF-17 hypersonic missiles, has received a stealth camouflaged cover that makes it more challenging for the US and allies to identify via reconnaissance satellites, according to state-run newspaper Global Times.
TEL is a ground-based vehicle with an integrated prime mover (tractor unit) that can carry and elevate a DF-17 into a firing position.
The upgraded TEL was spotted in a video celebrating the founding of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Rocket Force last week and was published initially on the Chinese website 81.cn.
According to the video, the camouflaged missile transporter has a hypersonic missile encased inside a shell as it traverses desert terrain.
Shanghai-based news website eastday.com said the TEL is an upgraded version specifically for hauling DF-17s.
The PLA debuted the DF-17 during a military parade in late 2019. At the time, the TEL hauling the DF-17 had no cover and the entire missile was exposed.
Camouflaged missile transporters come as DF-17s are being fielded at military installations in Southeast China.
The missiles have already been deployed in the Fujian and Zhejiang provinces, which are in striking range of Taiwan.
Beijing’s increased militarization of its southeast coast is very suggestive of preparations for an invasion.