Army China has test-fired its home-made DF-21 medium range nuclear capable ballistic missile 2501141
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|Saturday, January 25, 2014 03:52 PM|
|Army of China has test-fired its home-made DF-21 medium range nuclear capable ballistic missile.|
China’s military has released images January 22, 2014, of its home-made ballistic missile. The pictures were taken during test-fired with the Dong Feng DF-21 nuclear capable single-warhead medium-range ballistic missile. The People's Liberation Army could be defeated in a potential nuclear war between China and the United States in just one hour, according to the Moscow-based Expert magazine.
Picture releases on Chinese army website during test-fired of DF-21 ballsitic missile.
The basic variant DF 21 has a range of 1,770+ km, and a payload of 600 kg. The missile can carry a single 500 kt nuclear warhead, with an estimated CEP (circular error probable) of 300~400 m.
Analysis of commercial satellite imagery reveals that launch units for the road-mobile DF-21C medium-range ballistic missile now deploy several hundred kilometers west of Delingha in the western part of central China.
Many of the missile technologies used by the Chinese Armed Forces comr frome the former Soviet Union.
China has yet to build a three-pronged nuclear capability that could challenge the United States, consisting of strategic bombers, intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and submarine-launched ballistic missiles.
The Second Artillery Corps of Chinese Army is also unable to compete against the US in the number of nuclear warheads it has, the report said, adding that China would likely lose a full scale nuclear war in less than an hour.
Chinese DF-31 ICBM Intercontinental ballistic missile has a maximum range of 11,000 km.
China has also developed an intercontinental ballistic missile with a range of 11,000 km, the DF-31A.
The DF-31A is believed to have incorporated many advanced technologies similar to current generation Russian ICBMs, including the use of penetration aids such as decoys or chaff and maneuverable reentry vehicles to complicate enemy's missile warning and defense system.
The new Chinese-made DF-41 intercontinental ballistic missile should have a maximum range of 14,000 km.
According to some Chinese sources, China currently develops a new nuclear solid-fueled road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile, the DF-41, which should have a maximum range of 14,000 km.