DF-5B intercontinental ballistic missiles during 2015 China Victory Day parade.jpg
Upper stage of the DF-5B, showing its redesigned nosecone to accommodate multiple reentry vehicles.
Place of originPeople's Republic of China
Service history
In service1981[1]–present
Used byPeople's Liberation Army Rocket Force
Production history
ManufacturerFactory 211 (Capital Astronautics Co.)
Mass183 tonnes (180 long tons; 202 short tons)
Length32.6 m (106 ft 11 in)
Diameter3.35 m (11 ft 0 in)
WarheadOne (DF-5 & DF-5A)
MIRV (3-8 warheads) (DF-5B)[2][3]
MIRV (10 warheads) (DF-5C)[4]
Blast yield4–5 Mt (non-MIRV warhead)[1]

EngineTwo-stage Liquid-propellant rocket
12,000–15,000 km (7,500–9,300 mi)[5]
Maximum speed Mach 22 (26,950 km/h; 16,745 mph; 7.486 km/s)
Inertial + on-board computers [6]
Accuracy~800 m (2,600 ft) CEP

The Dongfeng 5 (simplified Chinese: 东风-5; traditional Chinese: 東風-5; pinyin: Dōng Fēng Wǔ; lit.: 'East Wind 5') or DF-5 is a second-generation two stage Chinese intercontinental ballistic missile. It has a length of 32.6 m and a diameter of 3.35 m. It weighs in at 183,000 kilograms and it has an estimated range of 12,000 to 15,000 kilometers. The DF-5 had its first flight in 1971 and was in operational service 10 years later. One of the limitations of the missile is that it takes between 30 and 60 minutes to fuel.[5] The DF-5 is due to be replaced by the solid-fuelled DF-41.[7] Around 2015, the newest variant DF-5B force are believed to have received a MIRV upgrade; according to Business Insider, with DF-5B: "China has the ability to deliver nuclear warheads nearly anywhere on earth (outside of South America, at least)".[8]

  1. ^ a b The Federation of American Scientists & The Natural Resources Defense Council Chinese Nuclear Forces and U.S. Nuclear War Planning p. 202
  2. ^ Diplomat, Franz-Stefan Gady, The. "Revealed: China for the First Time Publicly Displays 'Guam Killer' Missile".
  3. ^ http://www.janes.com/article/53896/china-previews-new-ballistic-missiles-in-practices-for-3-september-parade
  4. ^ "China Tests Missile With 10 Warheads".
  5. ^ a b "DF-5". Federation of American Scientists. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
  6. ^ "大国重器:东风5洲际导弹". 腾讯网. 2015-09-01. Retrieved 2016-11-28.
  7. ^ China Stumbles Forward - Strategypage.com, December 19, 2012
  8. ^ Bender, Jeremy (3 September 2015). "China previewed its new ballistic missiles during a practice military parade".

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