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China to showcase new missiles during October 1 parade

RIA Novosti

11:26 02/09/2009 BEIJING, September 2 (RIA Novosti) - China will display five new types of domestically produced missiles at a National Day military parade on October 1, local media said on Wednesday citing military sources.

The Global Times newspaper said the five new missiles include the CSS-X-10 (DF-41) intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and the CSS-NX-4 (JL-2) submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), as well as conventional cruise missiles and medium-range and short-range conventional missiles.

"These missiles are domestically designed and manufactured and have never been officially reported before," the paper quoted an anonymous military source as saying.

According to open sources, the CSS-X-10 is the latest land-based solid-fuel ballistic missile to be deployed by China and represents the peak of Chinese missile technology.

It is believed to be similar to the Russian SS-27 Topol-M missile, and is capable of striking the United States. The missile will likely become the core of China's nuclear strike force.

The CSS-NX-4 is a two-stage solid-fuel SLBM, which has a range of 8,000 km (5,000 miles) and can carry either single or multiple warheads.

The missile has been developed to be deployed on China's current and new-generation strategic submarines.

China has made notable progress in the development of its nuclear deterrent since the last military parade on Tiananmen Square in 1999.

The source said that China had developed nuclear and conventional missiles, both solid-fuel and liquid-fuel missiles, with different ranges, quick emergency response and precision strikes.

"Any country that attempts to attack China with nuclear weapons must prepare for retaliation, even if it has an anti-missile system," the source told the Global Times.

The People's Republic of China celebrates its 60th anniversary on October 1. President Hu Jintao will give a keynote address on Tiananmen Square, followed by the military parade - only the third in five decades - and mass festivities.

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