China released a video of what appeared to be a DF-17 missile launch for the first time, just before the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) 95th founding anniversary on August 1, Chinese-run state media Global Times reported.
China Central Television (CCTV) presented a documentary on July 30 called “The capabilities of the Chinese army revealed in 81 seconds”. In response to the special broadcast, the Chinese experts said the video showed the adaptability of the nearly impossible-to-intercept “aircraft carrier killer” weapon.
Military enthusiasts were particularly drawn to a scene in the video showing a live-fire launch of a missile from a transporter erector launcher on a highway in the desert. They claimed the missile resembled the DF-17 hypersonic missile, which was on display in public at the National Day military parade on October 1, 2019, in Beijing.