China Flight Tests Multi-Warhead Missile
New DF-41 long-range missile program advances
BY: Bill Gertz
December 11, 2015 5:00 am
China conducted a flight test of a new multi-warhead ballistic missile capable of reaching targets throughout the United States, Pentagon officials said.
The test of the new DF-41 intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, took place Dec. 4.
The latest flight test demonstrated the use of two multiple independently-targetable reentry vehicles. The missile launch and dummy warheads were tracked by satellites to an impact range in western China.
It was the second flight test this year of the new missile and the fifth since 2012. U.S. intelligence assessments suggest that the missile will be capable of carrying between three and 10 warheads. The two most recent missile flight tests took place Aug. 6, also with two dummy warheads, and on Dec. 13, 2014.
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DF-41的5次飞行试验：2013/12/13, 2014/07/09, 2014/12/13, 2015/08/05, 2015/12/04，每半年一次。而被Bill Gertz当做DF-41首飞的2012/07/24其实是某型试验弹飞行试验。