China only spent five years developing its DF-41 solid-fueled road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile, which has a long enough range to strike the continental United States, according to Military Parade, a Moscow-based Russian-language website covering defense issues, on Jan. 15.
The country reportedly spent just US$1.1 billion to design the DF-41, which can carry multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles, according to Sergei Tikhonov, a Russian expert on China’s military development. The rate of growth in China’s military budget ranks number two in the world after Russia and has been so for the last five years. Tikhonov said that the Chinese leadership had invested their resources wisely in the development of the missile.
Full article: China took only five years to complete DF-41 ICBM: report (Want China Times)