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China Unveils Internet Photograph of New Mobile ICBM

By    |   Tuesday, 11 Feb 2014 05:24 PM

The Chinese military recently disclosed a new photograph of its longest-range mobile intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), a key component of the communist regime’s strategic nuclear buildup.

The image of the missile, reportedly leaving a manufacturing plant in China and being escorted by security police, was posted online Jan. 31, The Washington Free Beacon reported.

The missile was described in an online posting  as the Second Artillery Corps’ Dong Feng-41 (DF-41) ICBM.

The bulletin board stated that the missile is regarded as China’s SS-27 ICBM, a reference to a  Russian road-mobile missile .

The online report said the DF-41 had been adapted to transit on Chinese “mountain terrain, rail and road tunnels.”

It said the missile’s lower ground profile allows it “to move from tunnel to tunnel during the gap when satellites are out of range.” That refers to China’s 3,000 miles of underground nuclear tunnels and nuclear forces’ production facilities.

Because of its mobility, the new missile is difficult to monitor. U.S. intelligence agencies believe it is  outfitted with up to 10 multiple, independently targetable reentry vehicles  (MIRVs) capable of reaching the United States.

The new mobile missile’s range is estimated to be  between 6,835 and 7,456 miles.
The Pentagon has yet to list the DF-41 as part of the Chinese strategic arsenal, which is currently comprised  of a number of older silo-based missiles and newer DF-31 and DF-31A mobile missiles.

In a report made public in May, the Air Force National Air and Space Intelligence Center referred to the development of a new long-range ICBM with multiple warheads but did not name the DF-41.

The report stated that “China may also be developing a new road-mobile ICBM capable of carrying a MIRV payload, and the number of warheads on Chinese ICBMs capable of threatening the United States is expected to grow to well over 100 in the next 15 years.”
In December, China conducted its second flight test of the DF-41, the Free Beacon reported.

An earlier test took place in July 2012.

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