People's Republic of China's 60th Anniversary

Defense Update, October 1, 2009

Edited by Andy Ross

A total of 108 missiles, many of them new, were displayed in Beijing at a military parade celebrating the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. A sampling:

Title picture: These look like CSS-5 missiles to me.

DongFeng 31A (CSS-9 Mod-2) intercontinental ballistic missile
can carry three independent warheads over 11,000 km. The
road-transportable missile can deploy to predetermined launch sites throughout the country. The missile uses solid propellant
for long shelf life and short reaction time.

DongFeng 21C (CSS-5 Mod-3) medium-range ballistic missile is
the conventionally armed version of the CSS-5. DF-21C uses solid propellant and has a range of 1,700 km with a payload of 2 tons, loaded as single or multiple conventional warheads.

DongFeng 15B (CSS-6) is an improved, solid-fuel, short-range ballistic missile system currently in service with the Chinese Army.

DongFeng 11A (CSS-7) road-mobile, single-stage, short-range ballistic missile system with a conventional warhead and a range
of several hundred km.

DongHai 10 (DH-10) surface launched cruise missile for long-range land attack with a range exceeding 1,500 km. DH-10 is launched from a land-mobile platform deploying three missiles. The missile is believed to be a reverse-engineered Russian Kh-55 Raduga
cruise missile.


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