China’s New Ballistic Missile Will Carry 7 Nuke Warheads

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Beijing: China’s nuclear power will be more powerful in recent days. The Julang-3 (JL-3) is the third generation strategic sea-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). The JL-3 was developed on the basis of the DF-41 ICBM. It has a range 5.000 km longer than JL-2 so that the entire United States is within its range. It can carry 5 to 7 nuclear warheads with 35kt yeild and MIRV delivery. China is developing a new sea-based intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the Julang-3 (JL-3), according to local media.

The development of the JL-3 missile was initially reported on several years ago. It’s expected that the new missile will be part of the advanced nuclear-powered submarine project 096.

Earlier this month, Chinese websites published pictures showing the project 032  submarine, the world’s largest conventionally powered submarine, undergoing tests. The submarine underwent re-fitting work at a shipyard in Dalian. In Dalian, the submarine received new silos capable of housing a larger missile.

Currently, the Navy of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has four 094/094G project nuclear-powered missile submarines. They carry the JL-2 missile. This is the first fully operational maritime component of the Chinese nuclear triad.

Vasily Kashin, a military expert and senior research fellow at the Institute for Far Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, spoke to Sputnik about the possible role of the JL-3 missile for China’s strategic interests.

Kashin underscored that the development of the new ICBM is dictated by the fact that current Chinese potential for nuclear deterrence is insufficient.

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