New missiles were demonstrated today at a military parade, part of the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of. Among the missiles demonstrated at the parade were several intercontinental s ( ), such as the road-mobile Dong Feng 31 (DF-31A) modified to carry three multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicles (MIRV). The Chinese are also working on a larger – known as DF-41 carrying 10 MIRVs over a distance of 11,000-13,000.
Another new missile on display for the first time is the Dong Hai 10 (DH-10), a long-range land-attack cruise missile (LACM) capable of attacking targets at a range exceeding 1,500 km. DH-10 is launched from a land-mobile platform deploying three missiles. The missile is believed to be a reversed engineered Russian Kh-55 Raduga cruise missile; six such missiles were procured by from Ukraine byin the 1990s. China is believed to have produced more than 200 DH-10 cruise missiles.
Other missiles on parade include upgraded versions of the DF-15, provided with stabilizer fins attached below the warhead section hinting to possible modifications of the warhead itself (such as augmenting penetration capability); the medium range DF-21C medium range missile was also on display, with a new engine, the missile is setting the basis for China’s future naval based anti-ships, which could target U.S. carrier forces in the future.
DongFeng 21C (CSS-5 Mod-3) medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) is the conventional armed version of the CSS-5 missile, first deployed around 2005. Operated by the Second Artillery Corps, this solid rocket propelled missile is enclosed in a container-launcher carried on a transporter-erector-launcher (TEL) 10×10 wheeled vehicle. It has a range of 1,700 km and payload capacity of two tons. The missile can be loaded with a unitary or multiple conventional warheads.DongFeng 31A, (CSS-9 Mod2) – a modernized version of China’s primary strategic missile, the missile is contained in a large cylindrical transporter-erector-launcher (TEL). The missile has a range exceeding 11,000 km. This road transportable missile can deploy to predetermined launch sites throughout the country – by mobilizing these strategic missiles, China believes the missiles have a chance to survive avoid a first strike. The missile uses solid propellant, enabling longer life span and shorter reaction time, compared to the liquid fuel ICBMs.
The DongFeng 15B (M-9; NATO codename: CSS-6) is an improved, solid-fuel, short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) system currently in service with the Chinese Army.
DongFeng 11A (CSS-7) is a road-mobile, single-stage, short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) system developed by CASIC Sanjiang Space Group. The missile is transported on an eight wheeled transporter-erector-launcher (TEL). Developed in the 1980s, the improved variant DongFeng 11A on display at the 2009 parade was fielded with the Chinese army in 1999. This version employs a conventional warhead and has extended range, bridging the gap between artillery rocket system (at ranges up to 100km) and a strategic surface-to-surface missile (beyond 500km).
Dong Hai 10 (DH-10) – The new Land Attack Cruise Missile (LACM) developed in China was first deployed with the Second Artillery Corps cruise missile brigade based at Jianshui, Yunnan Province in southern China.