Friday, May 27, 2011

NSB director confirms PRC deployment of ‘new’ missile unit in Guangdong Province

In addition to medium-range missiles, the unit, whose existence has actually been known since at least July last year, could be the first in China to deploy the DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missile, analysts say

National Security Bureau (NSB) Director Tsai Der-sheng (蔡得勝) confirmed that China had deployed a “new” missile unit near Taiwan, a Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmaker said yesterday.

Tsai described the new unit, located in Guangdong Province, while replying to queries last week by KMT Legislator Lin Yu-fang (林郁方).

“The unit, carrying the code number 96166 ... is indeed a new unit, probably a new ballistic missile brigade,” a statement by Lin quoted Tsai as saying, without providing further details.

Chinese media and US defense analysts have been reporting on the unit for several months, from which more information can be gleaned.

Xinhua news agency on July 28 last year reported the construction of facilities for a new Second Artillery missile brigade, known as the 96166 Unit, in Shaoguan, Guangdong Province, which was already home to the 96169 short-range ballistic missile unit in Meizhou.

My article, published today in the Taipei Times, continues here.

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