China Ballistic Missiles and Nuclear Arms Thread


Interstellar

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Do you think claims that China possess 200-400 nuclear warheards are real? Or does China have more nukes, considering the expansion of SSBNs, new DF such as DF31AG or the new DF41?
Sorry but I don't have the privilege to know such things. The US intelligence agencies might have their own ways of digging out those numbers.
 

Hendrik_2000

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Again well deserved RIP a great patriot via Samsara

China's "Father of Hydrogen Bomb" dies at 93

BEIJING, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- Chinese nuclear physicist Yu Min 于敏, who was credited with developing China's first successful hydrogen bomb, died Wednesday in Beijing at the age of 93.

Yu, who was born in north China's Tianjin in 1926, also played a key role in the miniaturization of nuclear weapons, technological breakthroughs in the neutron bomb and filled the nation's void in the theory of atomic nucleus.

He was awarded China's top science and technology award at an annual ceremony held in 2015 to honor the most distinguished scientists and research achievements.

Yu was among the 100 Chinese who were awarded the medals of reform pioneers at an event held in December 2018 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the country's reform and opening-up.

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Early 1958, with China-Soviet National Defense Contract, Yu and his colleagues including Deng Jiaxan, Sun Yuzhang etc. moved to No.221 Factory near Qinghai Lake.

Until 1988, Yu's name remained the top secret of China. He was awarded the national top science award in January 2015.

With the 5 million CNY prize, Yu founded the
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Foundation to support scientific development in China.

(Seeing no slant in this subject)

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Inside story about China's first H-bomb development
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Biscuits

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Do you think claims that China possess 200-400 nuclear warheards are real? Or does China have more nukes, considering the expansion of SSBNs, new DF such as DF31AG or the new DF41?
Best approximation is probably “as many as they want”

China is not bound by any treaty to not produce nukes, and there is absolutely no shortage of nuclear power plants.

We do know that China once considered Soviet Russia as a potential launch target and nowadays considers America one.

According to a recent interview (posted here IIRC a few pages back), launch sites are heavily defended, even against hypersonic weapons and ballistic missiles.

Also, China has a no first use policy, which means that the number of warheads would be high enough to withstand a first strike from soviet/US.

In order to do so, China would either have to own an absurd amount of nukes or have extreme confidence in intercepting enemy nukes. The truth likely lies somewhere in between.
 

Interstellar

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Best approximation is probably “as many as they want”

China is not bound by any treaty to not produce nukes, and there is absolutely no shortage of nuclear power plants.

We do know that China once considered Soviet Russia as a potential launch target and nowadays considers America one.

According to a recent interview (posted here IIRC a few pages back), launch sites are heavily defended, even against hypersonic weapons and ballistic missiles.

Also, China has a no first use policy, which means that the number of warheads would be high enough to withstand a first strike from soviet/US.

In order to do so, China would either have to own an absurd amount of nukes or have extreme confidence in intercepting enemy nukes. The truth likely lies somewhere in between.
Maybe there's a third explanation -- China has absurd confidence in humanity.
 

Hendrik_2000

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China’s Rocket Force conducts mock ICBM strike exercise

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The DF-41, China's mysterious and most advanced ICBM, might make its public debut on October 1, the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China's founding, as a military parade is expected to be held in Beijing on that day, Song said.


The People's Liberation Army (PLA) Rocket Force conducted a simulated intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) strike mission from an underground bunker against an imaginary enemy, the country's national television reported Monday.

China Central Television (CCTV) did not disclose details on the location and time of the exercise.

Long-term survival training in closed environments has become routine for the troops to ensure counterattack capability in case a war breaks out, the report said.

Song Zhongping, a military expert and TV commentator, told the Global Times on Tuesday that China's strategic missiles are usually placed in deep, protective bunkers.

As China promises never to use nuclear weapon first and will only use them in a counterattack, China's strategic missile storage facilities must be able to survive the first wave of hostile nuclear strike, Song said, noting that the underground bunkers are invaluable in protecting Chinese missiles from being destroyed and prepare for counterattacks.

China's highest science and technology award of 2018 was given to academician Qian Qihu for his achievements in fortifying these nuclear defense facilities.

PLA troops have experienced three weapon upgrades in the past 60 years, and missiles now have a longer range, and are more accurate and more powerful, CCTV reported.

Song said the three generations of ICBMs could be the DF-5, DF-31 and DF-41, all of which are capable of striking targets more than 10,000 kilometers away with a deviation of less than a few dozen meters, carrying single or multiple thermonuclear warheads.

Without a first strike against China, China will never use the weapons, analysts stressed.

The DF-41, China's mysterious and most advanced ICBM, might make its public debut on October 1, the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China's founding, as a military parade is expected to be held in Beijing on that day, Song said.

An ICBM loaded with nuclear warheads will likely never be used as it would precipitate an all-out nuclear war, say analysts. The weapon's primary purpose is deterrence, and to facilitate political and diplomatic discussions.
 

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