Tuesday, January 24, 2017

China places ballistic missiles on border with Russia; unconfirmed reports

China has reportedly placed ballistic missiles that can carry nuclear warheads and are capable of reaching the United States on its border with Russia.

The 3rd generation missiles, which can carry up to ten nuclear warheads up to 8,700 miles, are reportedly being moved to Heilongjiang province in north eastern China close to the frontier with Russia. Chinese social media has carried pictures purporting to show an advanced intercontinental ballistic missile system, Dongfeng-41 in the northeast. Heilongjiang province is the closest point in China to the United States.
The Dongfeng-41 is a Chinese solid-fueled road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile. It has an operational range between 12,000 km to 15,000 km. This would make the DF-41 the world's longest range missile, surpassing the range of the US LGM-30 Minuteman which has a reported range of 13,000 km.
It is believed the DF-41 has a top speed of Mach 25
Some media claimed the People's Liberation Army leaked the social media photos of the missiles as a warning to Trump.
The US president, who took office on Friday, has rattled Beijing with tough talk on trade, national security, and the South China Sea.