DF-41

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DF-41
Type ICBM (under development)
Place of origin People's Republic of China
Production history
Manufacturer China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT)
Specifications
Weight ~80,000 kilograms (180,000 lb)[1]
Length ~21 metres (69 ft)[1]
Diameter ~2.25 m (7 ft 5 in)[1]
Warhead Nuclear, possibly 10 MIRVs (single 1 Mt or MIRV with selectable 20, 90, 150, 250 kt)[1]

Engine Three-stage solid propellant
Operational
range
~12,000–15,000 kilometres (7,500–9,300 mi)[1]
Speed Mach 25[2]
Guidance
system
Inertial with COMPASS
Launch
platform
Silo, road-mobile TEL

The Dongfeng-41 (DF-41, CSS-X-10) (Chinese: 东风-41; literally: "East Wind-41"), is a possible Chinese nuclear solid-fueled road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile under development.

It has an estimated operational range of between 12,000 km[3] to 15,000 km.[1] This could make the DF-41 the world's longest ranged missile, surpassing the range of the US LGM-30 Minuteman which has a reported range of 13,000 km.[4] It is believed to have a top speed of Mach 25,[2] be capable of MIRV delivery (up to 10).[3] The development of the MIRV technology is reported to be in response to the deployment of the United States national missile defense system which degrades China's nuclear deterrence capability.[5] The project started in 1986,[3] and may now be coupled with the JL-2 program.

Air Power Australia reported that the DF-41 was cancelled pre-2000, with the technology developed transferred to the DF-31A.[3][6] Missilethreat.com reported that it was unclear if the program was restarted after suspension in 2002.[7] It was incorrectly anticipated that the DF-41 would be delivered to the Second Artillery around the year 2010.[3][8] Some military experts had expected that it could be unveiled at the 2009 National Parade.[9] However, rehearsals of the military parade did not feature this missile.

American conservative website Washington Free Beacon reported that the DF-41 had its first flight test on July 24, 2012.[10] The U.S. Department of Defense made no reference to this claimed test in its 2013 report to Congress,[11] but the Free Beacon reported in 2014 that U.S. officials had said by then that the DF-41 was test launched twice since 2012.[12]

In April 2013, Taiwan's National Security Bureau head reported to the National Assembly that the DF-41 was still in development, and not yet deployed.[13]

The U.S. Department of Defense in its 2013 report to Congress on China's military developments made no explicit mention of the DF-41, but did state that "China may also be developing a new road-mobile ICBM, possibly capable of carrying a multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicle (MIRV)", which may refer to the DF-41.[11]

Later in 2013 the Washington Free Beacon again reported that the second launch test took place on December 13, 2013 from the Wuzhai missile launch center in Shanxi province to an impact range in western China.[14]

In June 2014, Want China Times reported that the DF-41 could be capable of wiping out at least three American cities in a single strike. From missile bases in Gansu, Henan, and Qinghai province, it can hit any major city in the continental United States. Three or more cities could be targeted at once with continued development of re-entry warheads.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "DF-41 (CSS-X-10)". Missilethreat.com. 12 February 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b http://www.armedforces-int.com/news/china-reports-df-41-icbm-test-launch.html
  3. ^ a b c d e "DF-41 (CSS-X-10) (China) - Jane's Strategic Weapon Systems". Janes.com. 2009-07-02. Archived from the original on 2011-03-26. 
  4. ^ http://www.astronautix.com/lvs/mineman3.htm
  5. ^ Arjun Subramanian P (12 November 2012). "DF-41: China's answer to the US BMD efforts". Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  6. ^ Sean O'Connor (April 2012). "PLA Ballistic Missiles". Air Power Australia. APA-TR-2010-0802. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "DF-41 (CSS-X-10)". Missilethreat.com. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  8. ^ John Pike. "DF-41 - China Nuclear Forces". Globalsecurity.org. Retrieved 2010-03-21. 
  9. ^ "Five types of missiles to debut on National Day_English_Xinhua". News.xinhuanet.com. 2009-09-02. Retrieved 2010-03-21. 
  10. ^ China test fires new long-range missile | Washington Free Beacon
  11. ^ a b "Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China 2013". Office of the Secretary of Defense (U.S. Department of Defense): 6. 2013. http://www.defense.gov/pubs/2013_china_report_final.pdf. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  12. ^ Pentagon Confirms New Chinese Long-Range ICBM Development
  13. ^ Rogge Chen and Sofia Wu (15 April 2013). "China yet to deploy 094 sub, JL-2 & DF-41 missiles: security head". Focus Taiwan (Central News Agency). Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  14. ^ http://freebeacon.com/china-conducts-second-flight-test-of-new-long-range-missile/
  15. ^ DF-41 missile can wipe out 3 US cities in one attack: report - Wantchinatimes.com, 26 June 2014