Missiles of China
Land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles
The Dongfeng 5A is a single-warhead, three-stage, liquid-fueled missile with a range of 13,000+ km. China has also developed the DF-31A, an intercontinental ballistic missile with a range of 11,200+ km with possibly 3-6 multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle (MIRV) capability.
Medium range ballistic missiles
Approximately 55% of China's missiles are in the medium range category, targeted at regional theater targets.
Tactical cruise missiles
The CJ-10 long-range cruise missile made its first public appearance during the military parade on the 60th Anniversary of the People's Republic of China as a part of the Second Artillery Corps' long range conventional missile forces; the CJ-10 represents the next generation in rocket weapons technology in the PLA.
Long range ballistic missiles
The Chinese categorize long range ballistic missiles as ones with a range between 3000–8000 km.
The Dong Feng 4 or DF-4 (also known as the CSS-3) is a long-range two-stage Chinese intermediate-range ballistic missile with liquid fuel (nitric acid/UDMH). It is equipped with a 2190 kg nuclear warhead with 3300 kt explosive yield, and its range is 5,500 km.
Intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs)
The Dongfeng 5 or DF-5 is a 3 stage Chinese ICBM.
CSS-9) is a medium-range, three stage, solid propellant intercontinental ballistic missile developed by the People's Republic of China.
The DF-41 or CSS-X-10 is an intercontinental ballistic missile developed by China.
Nuclear cruise missiles
The US DoD estimated in 2006 that the PRC was developing ground and air launched cruise missiles that could easily be converted to carry nuclear warheads once developed.
The DongHai 10 (DH-10) is a cruise missile developed in the People's Republic of China.
The ChangJian-10 (Long Sword 10) is a cruise missile developed by China, based on the Hongniao missile family. Although not confirmed, it is suspected that the CJ-10 could carry nuclear warheads.
HongNiao missile family
Reportedly based on the Kh-SD/65 missiles, the Hongniao (or Red Bird) missiles are some of the first nuclear-capable cruise missiles in China. The HN-1 has a range of 600 km, the HN-2 has a range of 1,800 km, and the HN-3 has a range of 3,000 km.
ChangFeng missile family
There are 2 missiles in the Chang Feng (or Long Wind) family: CF-1 and CF-2. These are the first domestically-developed long-range cruise missiles for China. Both variants can carry a 10 kt nuclear warhead.
The submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) stockpile of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is thought to be relatively new. China launched its first second-generation nuclear submarine in April 1981. The JL-1 is a modified DF-21 missile. It is suspected that the Type 092 is being converted into a cruise missile submarine.
China is also developing the Type 096 submarine, able to carry up to 24 JL-2 ballistic missiles each. Some Chinese sources states that the submarine is already undergoing trials. The Type 095 and Type 097 submarines are under trials could carry cruise missiles.
China's bomber force consists mostly of Chinese-made versions of Soviet aircraft. The Su-30 is capable of carrying tactical nuclear weapons. China is testing its new H-8 and H-9 strategic bombers, able to carry nuclear weapons. China is also testing the JH-7B strike fighter, a stealthy variant of the Xian JH-7.
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