China has announced that it has successfully test-fired a new 14,000 km range inter-continental ballistic missile which can carry multiple warheads, providing it with a “first strike capability” to attack targets deep inside the US and round the world.
The Dongfeng-41 with strike distance of 14,000 km was test-fired by People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) Second Artillery Corp last month, state-run CCTV reported, showing a rare lengthy footage of is mobile missile units.
“The new missile’s mobility, precession and war head yield combined give China a first strike capability,” the report said.
As many as 10 nuclear warheads can be put on the missile. China claims that it will not be the first one to use nuclear weapons and says its nuclear forces are designed for counter attack against nuclear attack on its territory.
Analysts say the missile with multiple warheads also strategic significance to India as it came in the backdrop India’s successful test firing of Agni-V which could reach deep into several Chinese cities.
Highlighting the rapid development of China’s missile programme which has caused concerns in India, US and other countries, official told CCTV that the Second Artillery Corp has developed since its inception in 1966, several division like the ground to ground strategic nuclear missile forces and conventional operational tactical missile forces and support units.
Simultaneously, the state media also announced that China’s first Aircraft carrier, Varyag has set out for 10th sea trials. The retrofit carrier, whose hull was bought from Ukraine is capable of carrying 30 fixed wing aircraft and helicopters.
It was expected to become operational later this year.