PLA tests nuclear missile as war games end

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 25 August, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 25 August, 2001, 12:00am

The PLA tested a medium-range nuclear missile this week as the military wrapped up its massive war games off the Taiwan Strait, the Washington Times reported yesterday.

US military satellites tracked a CSS-2 intermediate-range ballistic missile, which carried a dummy warhead, fired from a test facility in northern China on Tuesday, the paper reported on its Web site.

'The flight was anticipated,' the report quoted a US official as saying. 'US intelligence agencies in the past two weeks spotted a CSS-2 erected on a mobile launcher several times.'

The CSS-2 is a liquid-fuel missile with a range of about 3,100km.

The launch coincided with the end of four months of military exercises that included amphibious landing drills near Taiwan, long-range bomber manoeuvres and information warfare exercises by the Chinese military, the report cited US defence sources as saying.