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China showcases its DF-5B MIRV ICBMs in military parade

China DF-5B Missile Front

China DF-5B Missile Front

The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site:

Mil.huanqiu.com says in its report that when the DF-5B missile appeared on the TV screen in China’s military parade on Thursday, the TV host said that it was an MIRV ICBM.

MIRV stands for multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicle.

In fact, China showcased its DF-5 ICBM for the first time in 1984.

The report says there has been great improvement in its new version DF-5B since then.

As the DF-5B is big in volume, it has to be carried by two vehicles.

The DF-5 is China’s first generation of strategic missile with a range exceeding 10,000 km and a warhead equivalent to a few million tons of TNT.

China’s CZ-2, CZ-3 and CZ-4 carrier rockets are all derived from the DF-5 ICBM.

The report concludes that, according to British Janes Missiles and Rockets, the DF-5 missile is 32.6 meters long and 3.35 meters in diameter and weighs 183 tons.

It is installed in a bunker with a range between 12,000 and 15,000 km and carries one 3,000 km warhead equivalent to 3 to 4 million tons of TNT.

It can also carry 4 to 6 MIRV warheads with an accuracy of 500-2000 meters.

Contributed by “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements” – Author of “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements” and “Space Era Strategy” – Also English/Chinese translation service

China DF-5B Missile Back

China DF-5B Missile Back

Source: mil.huanqiu.com “A large country’s sharp weapon—DF-5B ICBM” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)


About chankaiyee2

Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee


3 thoughts on “China showcases its DF-5B MIRV ICBMs in military parade



    Posted by Ryan barnaby | April 6, 2018, 10:45 pm


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