DF-31

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DF-31 (CSS-9)
Type Intercontinental ballistic missile
Place of origin  People's Republic of China
Service history
In service 2006 (DF-31), 2007 (DF-31A)
Used by Second Artillery Corps
Production history
Manufacturer Academy of Rocket Motors Technology (ARMT)
Specifications
Weight 42 t (41 long tons; 46 short tons)
Length 13 m (42 ft 8 in)
Diameter 2.25 m (7 ft 5 in)
Warhead 1 Nuclear @ 1 Mt or 3 Nuclear (DF-31A) @ 20, 90, or 150 kt each with MaRVs

Engine Solid fueled
Operational
range
7,200–8,000 km (4,500–5,000 mi) (DF-31)[1][2]
11,200–12,000 km (7,000–7,500 mi) (DF-31A)[2][3]
Guidance
system
Inertial + stellar update
Launch
platform
Silo, 8 axle TEL

The Dong Feng 31 (Chinese: 东风31; literally: "East Wind 31"; NATO reporting name CSS-9) is a long-range, road-mobile, three stage, solid propellant intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in the Dongfeng missile series developed by the People's Republic of China. It is designed to carry a single 1-megaton nuclear warhead. It is a land-based variant of the submarine-launched JL-2. It is operated by the Second Artillery Corps (SAC) which, in 2009, was estimated to have under 15 DF-31 missiles and under 15 DF-31A missiles in inventory.[4] It is not known how many missiles of this type the SAC currently has.

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.

History[edit]

The PRC began developing the DF-31 as a second-generation ICBM successor of the DF-4 in the mid-1980s. ARMT (then called the 4th Aerospace Academy) was appointed as the main contractor while the research arm of the Second Artillery Corps provided contributing support. The land-based variant of the JL-2 was originally called the DF-23 but was changed later on to the DF-31 because of a change in operational requirements. In 1999, the missile was first displayed publicly at the National Day Parade.[5] On August 2, 1999, the Chinese state news media reported the successful test of the DF-31[citation needed]. Operational deployment of the missiles reportedly began in 2006.[6] In 2009, US Air Force Intelligence reported that under 15 DF-31 missiles had been deployed.[4]

Description[edit]

The DF-31 is a three stage solid-propellant rocket equipped with an inertial navigation system. The missile is mounted on a transport-erector launcher.

DF-31A[edit]

The PRC has developed an improved variant of the DF-31 called the DF-31A. This upgraded missile has a reported range of 11,200 km,[2] and possibly MIRV capability to hold 3 warheads each capable of a 20–150 kt yield, and penetration and decoy aids to complicate missile defense efforts.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ CSS-9 (DF-31), missilethreat.com
  2. ^ a b c Office of the Secretary of Defense - Annual Report to Congress: Military Power of the People's Republic of China 2008 (PDF)[1]. 50
  3. ^ DF-41, deagel.com
  4. ^ a b c US Air Force Air and Space Intelligence Center, Ballistic and Cruise Missile Threats 2009 [2]
  5. ^ The Federation of American Scientists & The Natural Resources Defense Council (DF-31A) Nov, 2006. 73 (PDF)[3]
  6. ^ Minnie Chan (23 January 2014). "China's nuclear missile drill seen as warning to US not to meddle in region". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 

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Preceded by
DF-21
DF-31 Succeeded by
DF-41