- DF-26 TELs were sighted at a previously unknown training site near Alxa, Inner Mongolia, on 9 January.
- The deployment seems to coincide with a Global Times report claiming that the IRBMs were mobilised after a 7 January US Navy FONOP near the Paracel Islands
DigitalGlobe imagery captured on 9 January shows 12 DF-26 intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) transporter-erector-launchers (TELs) at a previously undisclosed training range of the People's Liberation Army Rocket Force (PLARF) located north of Alxa in China's Inner Mongolia region.
The DF-26 IRBM can attack targets on land or at sea and can employ conventional or nuclear warheads. The 2017 Ballistic and Cruise Missile Threat report published by the US Defense Intelligence Ballistic Missile Analysis Committee (DIBMAC) gives the DF-26 a range of at least 3,000 km.
The training range at Alxa was constructed between 2016 and 2018. It features a garrison complex, a probable missile storage and handling facility, and over 100 prepared launch positions.
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