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DF-41

Intercontinental ballistic missile

DF-41 missile

The China's DF-41 is one of the deadliest ICBMs in the world

 
 
Country of origin China
Entered service 2016 - 2017 (?)
Basing Road-mobile
Missile
Missile length ?
Missile diameter ?
Launch weight ?
Throw weight ?
Number of MIRVs up to 10 (?)
Range ~ 12 000 km
CEP ~ 150 m

 

   The DF-41 is currently the most powerful Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), developed in China. It is one of the deadliest ICBMs in the world. It is based on an 8-axle launcher vehicle and is similar in concept to Russian road-mobile ICBMs such as Topol-M and Yars. First test launch of this missile was made in 2013 and the second followed in 2014. Some sources report that the DF-41A missile was fielded in 2016 or 2017.

   The DF-41 is a solid-fuel missile. It has an estimated range of 12 000 km and carries up to 10 Multiple Independently-targetable Reentry Vehicles (MIRVs). Its range is sufficient to reach all areas of United States, Europe and Russia. It will take roughly 20-25 minutes for the DF-41 from launch to reach targets in the United States. This missile is extremely devastating and can wipe out entire countries.

   This missile has internal navigation system with indigenous Chinese BeiDou satellite navigation system update. It could be accurate to 150 meters, or possibly, even more accurate.

   The DF-41 missile is carried by Tian HTF5980 special wheeled chassis with 16x16 configuration. This vehicle has some degree of cross-country mobility and can travel over various terrain. Though it is mainly intended to be used on hard surface roads.

   Interestingly China gained a number of heavy high mobility vehicle chassis technology from Belarusian MZKT company. A joint Chinese and Belarusian venture was established for production of special wheeled chassis in China. Eventually a number of Chinese multi-axle vehicles, designed to carry ballistic missiles. emerged, that were based on the Belarusian MZKT designs and technology. Furthermore China has quickly became the second country after Belarus, capable of designing and producing launch vehicles for ultra heavy intercontinental missiles. Even Russia, that historically uses road-mobile ICBMs, lacks this technology and expertise, and obtains launcher vehicles from Belarus.

   A number of previous Chinese road-mobile ICBMs are stored in tunnels. Hence the missiles are well protected. Once on high alert the road-mobile launchers leave the tunnels and fire their missiles from nearby launch positions. Alternatively the launcher vehicles can leave their bases and operate undetected in remote areas. Their autonomy allows the vehicles to operate in an area equivalent to a small European country. So mobile China's missiles are typically harder to intercept and destroy than stationary silo-based missiles. These have a high probability of surviving the first strike once the country has been attacked.

 
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