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China DF-41 ICBM
« on: June 13, 2018, 01:40:58 AM »
China moves closer to commissioning DF-41 ICBM after latest test launch | Janes - 12 June 2018
Citing unnamed US defence officials the report states that the missile was launched from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in China’s northern Shanxi Province, impacting several thousand kilometres to the west in the Gobi Desert.

While the test launch has not been confirmed by official Chinese sources, a number of media outlets, including the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) English-language website, China Military Online, have reported the story by the US website.

According to Jane’s Strategic Weapons , the DF-41 (CSS-X-20) is a three-stage, solid-propellant missile that has a maximum range between 12,000 and 15,000 km. The ICBM has a payload capacity of about 2,500 kg and may carry up to 10 multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicles (MIRVs), with their nuclear warheads yielding up to 150 kT. The payload may also include decoy re-entry vehicles and countermeasures.

Development may have been initiated as early as 1986 but the first test firing did not take place until July 2012. Following the previous test firing in late 2017, the state-owned Global Times newspaper reported that the DF-41 may enter service in the first half of 2018.

An undated photograph showing a suspected Chinese DF-41 ICBM being carried by a 16-wheeled transport-erector-launcher vehicle at an undisclosed location. Source: Via China Military Online