Wednesday 29 October 2008

Chinese Ballistic Missile Designation and Characteristics

  • System
    Name
    [US
    name]

    #

    Range and Payload

    Warhead
    and
    Yield

    Propulsion
    and
    Guidance

    Est.
    CEP

    Comment

    DF-2
    [CSS-1]
    0 1.9-3.7 km No longer deployed
    DF-3/3A
    [CSS-2]
    40 2850 km

    2150 kg

    -Single nuclear warhead,
    1-5 MT
    (3.3 MT)

    -Single conv. warhead

    Single-stage; storable liquid propellant (AK-27/UDMH); Fully inertial strap-down guidance system 2.5-4.0 km 120-150 minute launch prep. time; road-mobile; all DF-3 scheduled to be replaced by the DF-21
    DF-4
    [CSS-3]
    20 4850-5500 km

    2200 kg

    Single nuclear warhead,
    1-5 MT
    (3.3 MT)
    Two-stage, non-storable liquid propellant (LOX/
    kerosene)
    3.0-3.5 km 60-120 minute launch prep. time; also used as booster for CZ-1 SLV; cave-based and rolled out to launch
    DF-5/5A
    [CSS-4]
    18-26

    13000+
    km

    3200 kg

    Single nuclear warhead,
    1-5 MT
    (4-5 MT)
    Two-stage; storable
    liquid propellant (N2O4/
    UDMH); gyro-platform with onboard computer
    0.5-3.0 km 30-60 minute launch prep. time; also used as booster for CZ-2, CZ-3, CZ-4 SLVs; deployed at silos at 3 locations
    DF-21/21A
    [CSS-5]
    [Mod 1&2]
    48

    1800
    km

    600 kg

    -Single nuclear warhead, 200-300 kT

    -Single conv. warhead

    Two-stage; solid propellant;
    gyro-platform inertial guidance with onboard computer; working on
    terminal guidance system
    0.3-0.4 km 10-15 minute launch prep. time; land-mobile; reportedly replacing DF-3 in some areas; same missile as JL-1 SLBM; longer range Mod 2 to replace Mod 1 by 2005
    DF-15/M-9
    [CSS-6/
    CSST-600]
    8-50?

    600 km

    950 kg

    -Single nuclear warhead, 50-350 kT

    -Single or cluster conv. warhead

    Single-stage;
    solid propellant;
    strap-
    down inertial computer-digitized
    guidance system with terminal control
    600 m 30 minute launch prep. time; M-9 version designed explicitly for export; the nuclear role for the CSS-6 is as yet unproven; enhancing accuracy with GPS tech.
    DF-11/M-11
    [CSS-X-7]
    200?

    300 km

    800 kg

    -Single nuclear warhead, 350 kT

    -Single or cluster conv. warhead

    Two-
    stage;
    solid propellant;
    strap-
    down inertial computer-digitized guidance system with terminal control
    150 m 30-45 minute launch
    prep. time; M-11 version designed explicitly
    for export
    M-7/8610
    [CSS-8]
    ? 160 km

    190 kg

    Conv.
    warhead
    Two-stage; solid propellant booster and storable liquid propellant main engine Modification of HQ-2 (SA-2) SAM; mobile
    DF-25
    (possibly cancelled)
    0 1700 km

    2000
    kg

    -Single conv. warhead Two-stage; solid propellant Development cancelled; based on first two stages of DF-31; land-mobile
    DF-31
    (under
    devt;
    tested)
    0 8000 km

    700
    kg

    -Single nuclear warhead, 200-300 kT (100-200 kT) (500 kT)

    -Possible future
    use with MRV/MIRV
    capability

    Three-stage; solid propellant 0.5 km In late stages of devt.; tested on 8/2/1999; 10-15 minute launch prep. time; land-mobile; most likely cave-based; same missile as JL-2 SLBM; nuclear warhead awaits certification; to be operational around 2000; to replace the DF-4; could incorporate penetration aids such as decoys or chaff
    DF-41
    (under
    devt. not flight
    tested)
    0 12000 km

    800 kg (700 kg)

    -Single nuclear warhead, 200-300 kT

    -Possibly equipped
    with MRV/MIRV
    capability

    Three-stage; solid propellant 0.7-0.8 km Under devt.; 3-5 minute launch prep. time; land-mobile; will replace DF-5; possible deployment around 2010; warhead awaits certification; may be cancelled and replaced by a new solid-propellent, mobile ICBM that is currently in development
    JL-1
    [CSS-N-4]
    SLBM
    12 1700 km

    600 kg

    -Nuclear warhead, 200-300 kT (500 kT) Two-stage; solid propellant;
    gyro-platform inertial guidance with onboard computer
    1.0 km Same missile as the DF-21/21A
    JL-2
    [CSS-N-5]
    SLBM
    (under
    devt.,
    not yet tested)
    0 8000 km

    700 kg

    -Nuclear warhead, 200-300 kT

    -Possibly will be equipped with MRV/MIRV
    capability

    Three-stage; solid propellant 1.0 km Under devt.; same missile as the DF-31; projected to be operational around 2003; warhead awaits certification. To be deployed on new 09-4 SSBN which is currently under devt.; 09-4 will likely be deployed by 2010
    DF" stands for "Dong Feng" ("East Wind")
    "JL" stands for "Julang" ("Great Wave")
    "CSS" stands for "Chinese Surface-to-Surface"
    "CSS-N" stands for "Chinese Surface-to-Surface Naval"
    "CSST" stands for "Chinese Surface-to-Surface Tactical"

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