China is moving ahead with the development of a new and improved generation
of intercontinental ballistic missiles, the Dongfeng-41, or DF-41. The country
is also developing the capability to put as many as 10 nuclear warheads on an
ICBM. The 2nd Artillery Corps, China’s strategic nuclear missile force,
test-launched the missile last month.
China has tested its latest intercontinental ballistic missile, the DF-41.
It’s believed to have a maximum strike distance of 14,000 kilometers. The new
missile’s mobility, range, precision, and warhead yield combine to give it
formidable first-strike nuclear capability.
But China claims it won’t be the first to use nuclear weapons and that its
nuclear forces are designed for a counterstrike against a nuclear attack on its
Right now, China’s nuclear and conventional ballistic missiles are all
controlled by the PLA Seco
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