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A media article said that in early January 2017, China conducted an intercontinental missile test and tested the new Dongfeng-5C missile, which carried 10 sub-guided warheads. The US "Washington Liberty Beacon" reported that China conducted a test firing of the Dongfeng-5C intercontinental missile, which carried 10 sub-guided warheads. Some US analysts believed that the test showed that China is increasing the number of nuclear bombs.

Dongfeng-5C's past and present family members are more powerful than the first generation. The Dongfeng-5C, which uses fixed silo launching, is the latest addition to the Dongfeng-5 intercontinental missile. There is a conservative saying that the Dongfeng-5C's range must exceed 10,000 kilometers, which is a real big country weapon.

After the Dongfeng-5B debut, Dongfeng-5C was developed in less than two years. Dongfeng-5C can carry 10 warheads, and can select independent targets to be struck in the depth of several hundred kilometers. It can also adjust the timing and sequence of strikes, and greatly improve the penetration ability and strike effect." Wang Yunfei told reporters in an interview. The appearance of Dongfeng-5C makes the deterrent effect of China's strategic nuclear power more flexible and effective.

Some media have reported on foreign media reports on China's Dongfeng-5 missile test. In the past, Dongfeng-5A and Dongfeng-5B were mostly speculatively equipped with 3-5 warheads, and the Dongfeng-5C jumped to 10, obviouslythe combat power has doubled. Another point of view is speculation that with the increase in the number of warheads, the deception technology of the Dongfeng-5C intercontinental missile decoy warhead has reached a very high level.

According to analysis by military experts, China had not been able to break through the multi-warhead technology of the guided missile for a long period of time. The bottleneck lay in the miniaturization of nuclear warheads. Carrying 10 sub-missile heads this time shows that we have broken through this technical bottleneck.

Every time at a certain stage, China will announce the progress of weapons and equipment, which is related to China's implementation of open and transparent military forces. The Dongfeng-5C is part of China's plan to enhance the overall deterrent capability of nuclear power. The meaning will be more profound.

The first goal is to show the determination and ability of the latest nuclear "arms" to show the Chinese strategic game to the international community. In particular, the enhancement of military science and technology strength is not difficult to find from the public reports of the Rocket Army after the military reform. Some media reported that in mid-January 2017, the Rockets invited the military commissions, the relevant leaders of the theaters and the relevant staff, and dozens of troops. The representatives of colleges and universities and colleges gathered in the university to discuss the development of the rocket army equipment innovation under the new situation. In fact, in the 9.3 parade in 2015, China has shown the world that China not only has a big killer for aircraft carriers, but also has a new type of killer like Dongfeng-5B. However, this is obviously not enough. Therefore, China recently demonstrated the deployed Dongfeng-41 intercontinental ballistic missile, and at the same time tested the Dongfeng-5C, a new and improved Dongfeng series intercontinental missile.

The aim second is to respond to the relevant countries' deployment of the THAAD system around China, testing and preparing to deploy standard 3IIA missiles to break the strategic balance of the region. The game of any country in the world must be based on strength. At this time, China's test of the big killer such as Dongfeng-5C is to show the world that China will not make any strategic concessions, and Dongfeng-5C is China's confidence.

The third goal is to demonstrate strength to countries such as South Korea and Japan. As is known to all, since North Korea’s fourth nuclear test in January 2016, South Korea’s foreign policy is no longer based on national interests, but on the pressure and misjudgment of other countries, and the deployment of THAAD to run counter to China.

Compared with Japan’s differences on historical issues such as the Diaoyu Islands and the history of aggression, South Korea’s decision to deploy THAAD is even more urgent for China. Regarding the THAAD issue, the Chinese government has repeatedly expressed concern and clearly opposed the position. At this time, China's high-profile exposure to deploy Dongfeng-41, and test the Dongfeng-5C such a big killer, there is a tit-for-tat meaning.

The fourth goal is to carry out technical test verification for the land-based mobile nuclear missile and the next-generation submarine-launched nuclear missile split-guide multi-warhead technology. Wang Yunfei said that the main feature of Dongfeng-5C is the technical application of split-type multi-warheads. The key to the split-type multi-warhead technology is the final boost control system technology and re-entry technology. The former is the technical core of the split-guide multi-warhead. Its main function is to distribute the necessary maneuvering power to the projectiles, and to release the bullets and the penetration devices one by one in a predetermined posture and trajectory. China has made breakthroughs in this key technology.

The guided missile multi-warhead technology of strategic missiles is divided into clustering, splitting and all-conducting according to the degree of guidance. The clustered multi-warhead is the entry-level of the guided warhead technology. However, with the development and maturity of China's space launch vehicle "one arrow and many stars" technology, the emergence of ballistic missiles with multiple guided warheads has come true. At this time, the Dongfeng-41 and Dongfeng-5C are also likely to be technically tested and verified for the land-based mobile nuclear missile and the next-generation submarine-launched nuclear missile.

On the whole, China's future new nuclear weapons will at least have three directions of “miniaturization”, “motorization” and “supersonicization”. However, it should be emphasized that although China’s nuclear power has been growing, it has so far been small and has remained at the lowest and smallest extent among the five nuclear-recognized countries recognized by the international community. Therefore, whether it is the frequent exposure of Dongfeng-41 or the successful test of Dongfeng-5C is to ensure that China's peaceful rise is not threatened by other countries' nuclear weapons.

Like the Dongfeng-5B, the Dongfeng-5C is a fixed-well launching method that does not have maneuverability and off-road capability, resulting in its ability to survive in wartime less than that of the Dongfeng-41 missile, but its payload is greater, its power is greater, and its range is greater. Also farther, coupled with the maturity of liquid missile technology, the difficulty of research and development, and the lower production cost, it is said that Dongfeng-5C is no worse than Dongfeng-41 in terms of maintaining deterrence against the United States. Therefore, the advent of Dongfeng-5C ballistic missile China's nuclear penetration capability will be greatly enhanced, once the Dongfeng-5C and Dongfeng-41 are fully operational.

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