China Tests Missile With 10 Warheads
Multi-warhead weapon tested amid growing tensions with the United States
BY: Bill Gertz
January 31, 2017 5:00 am
China flight tested a new variant of a long-range missile with 10 warheads in what defense officials say represents a dramatic shift in Beijing's strategic nuclear posture.
The flight test of the DF-5C missile was carried out earlier this month using 10 multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles, or MIRVs. The test of the inert warheads was monitored closely by U.S. intelligence agencies, said two officials familiar with reports of the missile test.
The missile was fired from the Taiyuan Space Launch Center in central China and flew to an impact range in the western Chinese desert.
No other details about the test could be learned. Pentagon spokesman Cmdr. Gary Ross suggested in a statement the test was monitored.
"The [Defense Department] routinely monitors Chinese military developments and accounts for PLA capabilities in our defense plans," Ross told the Washington Free Beacon.
A0110/17 - THE SEGMENT ERDOS VOR 'HDS'-XOGOR OF ATS RTE W193 CLSD. 15 JAN 06:32 2017 UNTIL 15 JAN 06:57 2017. CREATED: 14 JAN 05:41 2017
A0111/17 - A TEMPORARY RESTRICTED AREA ESTABLISHED WI THE AREA CENTERED AT N371601E0843311 WITH THE RADIUS OF 200KM.VERTICAL LIMITS:GND-UNL. GND - UNL, 15 JAN 06:35 2017 UNTIL 15 JAN 07:37 2017. CREATED: 14 JAN 05:42 2017
A0115/17 - THE SEGMENT HOTAN VOR'HTN'-NOLEP OF ATS RTE W112 CLSD. 15 JAN
06:30 2017 UNTIL 15 JAN 07:38 2017. CREATED: 15 JAN 02:06 2017