A music video from the new People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Rocket Force released on a Chinese military TV channel on 13 February featured images of new missiles.
The video featured a new version of the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) DF-16 medium-range ballistic missile, likely called the ‘DF-16B’, which carries a new biconic terminally guided and manoeuvring warhead. It is similar to that seen on the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) DF-15B short-range ballistic missile (SRBM).
First revealed in early 2011, the DF-16 has an estimated range of 800-1,000 km, enabling higher speeds to better counter new US missile defences such as the Patriot PAC-3 system.
The Rocket Force video also showed the first image of the multiple-warhead-equipped 12,000-13,000 km-range liquid-fuelled DF-5B intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) being launched from a silo tube. This featured a new warhead bus reportedly carrying at least three warheads.
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