China successfully tests DF-5C missile with 10 nuclear warheads

Military vehicles carrying DF-26 ballistic missiles drive past the Tiananmen Gate during a military parade on Sept. 3, 2015 in Beijing, China.

  • China has successfully launched a new type of long-range missile that can hold nuclear warheads, a move that U.S. defense officials say represents a dramatic shift in Beijing’s strategic nuclear stance.
  • The test of the DF-5C intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which carried 10 multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles (MIRV), was conducted earlier this month
  • Also known as the Dongfeng 5, the DF-5C missile has an estimated range of 7,500-9,500 miles. It is scheduled to be replaced by the DF-41 ICBM, which China tested in April last year.
  • In 2015, The Diplomat reported that an earlier version of the DF-5C ICBM was displayed at a military parade that included the widely-publicized DF-26 “Guam Killer” ballistic missile.
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