Pentagon Report: China Deploys MIRV Missile

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By Hans M. Kristensen

The biggest surprise in the Pentagon’s latest annual report on Chinese military power is the claim that China’s ICBM force now includes the “multiple independently-targetable re-entry vehicle (MIRV)-equipped Mod 3 (DF-5).”

This is (to my knowledge) the first time the US Intelligence Community has made a public claim that China has fielded a MIRVed missile system.

If so, China joins the club of four other nuclear-armed states that have deployed MIRV for decades: Britain, France, Russia and the United States.

For China to join the MIRV club strains China’s claim of having a minimum nuclear deterrent. It is another worrisome sign that China – like the other nuclear-armed states – are trapped in a dynamic technological nuclear arms competition.
Full article here.
http://fas.org/blogs/security/2015/05/china-mirv/

Pentagons Chinese military power 2015 report here.
http://www.defense.gov/pubs/2015_China_Military_Power_Report.pdf

DF-31 warhead is estimated to weight roughly 450 kg's so DF-5B should be able to haul at least four of them.
 
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