Dong Feng makes her upgraded manueverable warhead appearance in the threat mix -
Further complicating defensive measures, the DF-21D – which travels at speeds of Mach
10 – features a maneuverable warhead guided by inertial and GPS navigation and may additionally incorporate cluster fléchettes designed to neutralize carrier flight decks and radar and communications equipment
While open-source details of the system’s operating parameters vary, the DF-21D report -
edly has a circular error probable of 20 meters and is capable of striking “slow-moving targets” at a range of around 810 nm.
Chinese submarines and bombers will continue to pose a threat to the carrier throughout
much of the Western Pacific. In the event of an attack, China would likely launch a large number of A2/AD systems – including ASBMs and submarine- and bomber-delivered ASCMs – along a variety of azimuths. Doing so would increase the difficulty of defense and almost certainly result in significant damage to U.S. carriers within range, even assuming a high degree of Chinese attrition