China Flight-Tests New Long-Range Missile

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What is China preparing for?

Relations are growing tense between the United States and China over the South China Sea.   China’s flight-test last Tuesday of its new long-range intercontinental ballistic missile, the DF-41, was monitored in flight by U.S. military satellites and other regional sensors.

China had conducted an earlier bail-based ejection test on December 5, and a flight test with two dummy warheads on August 6.

The Washington Free Beacon reported that the flight test came around the same time that a high-ranking Chinese general made an unusual visit to a disputed South China Sea island. Also, the missile test occurred three days before Defense Secretary Ash Carter visited the aircraft carrier USS Stennis as it sailed in the South China Sea.

Pentagon officials claim China is building military bases on the disputed islands in the South China Sea.    China has objected to the United States deploying warships and “militarizing” the sea.

Last month, Kanwa Asian Defense issued a news report that said China is nearing deployment of the DF-41 intercontinental ballistic missile.  From the expected deployment location, in central China, the missile would be capable of striking the United States in around 30 minutes.

Reportedly, U.S. intelligence agencies has estimated the DF-41 is powerful enough to delivery six to ten warheads up to 7,456 miles – farm enough to reach every corner of the United States.



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