China Ballistic Missiles and Nuclear Arms Thread


Broccoli

Junior Member
Looks like that missile is few meters longer (bigger diameter also?) than Russian mobile MIRV equipped ICBMs and certainly bigger when compared to DF-31AG.
 
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SinoSoldier

Colonel
According to Bill Gertz and his sources, China has conducted a test flight of the JL-3 SLBM.

The text exceeds the character limit per post set by SDF, so I'll instead quote some interesting snippets and do a short summary at the end.
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First flight of JL-3 nuclear missile conducted in November
BY: Bill Gertz Follow @BillGertz
December 18, 2018 4:05 pm

China carried out a flight test of a new submarine-launched ballistic missile last month that will carry multiple nuclear warheads capable of targeting most of the United States, according to American defense officials...

The launch in late November was the first time the Chinese military flight tested the Julong-3...

The test was closely monitored by U.S. intelligence agencies that detected the launch with missile warning satellites...

The report stated that Chinese military experts believe the solid-fueled JL-3 will use technologies from the new DF-41 land-based intercontinental missile, and that it will be comparable to the Navy's Trident II D-5 and new Russian Bulava submarine-launched missiles... (note: this is a Chinese report)

The JL-3 will utilize advanced precision guidance technology with anti-jamming capabilities...
Its technologies also will include what Wang described as a "photonic-crystal optic-fiber gyroscope" and other guidance know-how described as "terminal boost, stellar guidance, scene matching guidance."...
Additionally, the JL-3 will be built with missile defense-penetrating features such as a variable trajectory, a radar-evading stealth warhead, and fast burning rocket motors that seek to reduce the heat signature...
Another feature will be advanced water-exit technology that will rely on sensors that optimize interference during underwater ejections...

Rick Fisher, a China military analyst with the International Assessment and Strategy Center, said the JL-3 when fully operation will have a range of between 7,456 miles and 8,700 miles...

"It is also expected to carry up to 10 multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle (MIRV) warheads," he said...

Bill Gertz
Objective information:
  • Test launch of JL-3 was conducted in late November 2018
  • Test was observed by US early-warning satellites
  • Test appears to be successful
US claims:
  • Range is 7456-8700 mi (12000-14000 km)
  • Can be armed with ten MIRVs
Chinese claims:
  • DF-41-based
  • Can match performance of Trident D5 and Bulava
  • Has anti-jamming capabilities
  • Has "photonic-crystal optic-fiber" gyroscope
  • Has terminal boost
  • Has stellar guidance & scene-matching guidance capabilities
  • Capable of varying trajectory
  • Has radar-evading "stealth" warhead
  • Fast-burning rocket motors to reduce heat signature
  • Uses sensors to reduce interference during underwater ejection

Henri K. claimed the solid rocket motor of the JL-3 was test-fired in June of 2017.
 

Hyperwarp

Captain
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Chinese claims:
  • DF-41-based
  • Can match performance of Trident D5 and Bulava
  • Has anti-jamming capabilities
  • Has "photonic-crystal optic-fiber" gyroscope
  • Has terminal boost
  • Has stellar guidance & scene-matching guidance capabilities
  • Capable of varying trajectory
  • Has radar-evading "stealth" warhead
  • Fast-burning rocket motors to reduce heat signature
  • Uses sensors to reduce interference during underwater ejection
  • ***.
Capable of varying trajectory? I assume this is to evade mid-course interceptors? This would put it into the Bulava league.
 

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