China conducted a flight test of the DF-41 road-mobile missile 32008152

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China conducted a flight test of the DF-41 road-mobile missile
This week, Bill Gertz reported that earlier this month, China conducted the fourth flight test in three years of its new intercontinental ballistic missile, DF-41 road-mobile ICBM. Indicating that the missile is nearing deployment.
     
This week, Bill Gertz reported that earlier this month, China conducted the fourth flight test in three years of its new intercontinental ballistic missile, DF-41 road-mobile ICBM. Indicating that the missile is nearing deployment.
Chinese DF-41 road-mobile missile launcher
     

“The DF-41, with a range of between 6,835 miles and 7,456 miles, is viewed by the Pentagon as Beijing’s most potent nuclear missile and one of several new long-range missiles in development or being deployed,” Gertz reports.

He goes on to note that this is the fourth time in the past three years that China has tested the DF-41, indicating that the missile is nearing deployment. Notably, according to Gertz, in the latest test China shot two independently targetable warheads from the DF-41, further confirming that the DF-41 will hold multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles (MIRV).

As I’ve noted before, China’s acquisition of a MIRVed capability is one of the most dangerous nuclear weapons developments that no one is talking about.

MIRVed missiles carry payloads of several nuclear warheads each capable of being directed at a different set of targets. They are considered extremely destabilizing to the strategic balance primarily because they place a premium on striking first and create a “use em or lose em” nuclear mentality.

 

 

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