|China upgrading older DF-5A ICBMs with multiple warheads
Date:2016-02-17 Source:Janes By:Globalmil Viewed:
A close up of the warhead shroud of the new DF-5B ICBM, reported to be carrying three warheads. Source: via Top 81 Web Page
China's People Liberation Army (PLA) Rocket Force is upgrading its older liquid-fuelled, silo-based Dong Feng-5A (DF-5A, or CSS-4 Mod 2) intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) to carry multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicles (MIRV), according to US government sources.
根据美国政府的消息来源，中国人民解放军（PLA）火箭部队正在升级其老式液体燃料、东风-5A型仓管式（东风-5A，或CSS-4 Mod 2）洲际弹道导弹（ICBM）去携带多弹头分导再入飞行器（MIRV）。
While not mentioning this missile, on 9 February in his annual 'World Wide Threat Assessment' for the US Senate Armed Services Committee, Director of National Intelligence James R Clapper stated that China "continues to modernise its nuclear forces by adding more survivable road-mobile systems and enhancing its silo-based systems".
That China has been observed replacing the DF-5A's former single warhead with three warheads "within the past several months" was first reported by The Washington Times on 10 February.
The new MIRV-equipped warhead bus being retrofitted to the DF-5A is probably the same as that on the MIRV-equipped DF-5B first displayed in China's 3 September 2015 military parade. Both the DF-5B and the upgraded DF-5A probably also carry penetration aids such as decoys and chaff to counter ballistic missile defences.
In its 2003 China Military Report to the US Congress the Pentagon stated that "China is replacing CSS-4 Mod 1 ICBMs with longer-range CSS-4 Mod 2s. The replacement of all the approximately 20 CSS-4 Mod 1s reportedly will be completed by mid-decade."
在面向美国国会的2003年中国军力报告称，“中国采用射程更远的CSS-4 Mod 2S型替换CSS-4 mod 1型洲际弹道导弹。全部约20枚CSS-4 MOD 1型据说将十年内完成更换。”
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