Produced domestically, the Chinese military is preparing to introduce some advanced weapons the world has never seen, during the parade to celebrate the 70th anniversary of China’s National Day on October 1.
According to CNN, about 15,000 soldiers, more than 160 aircraft and 580 types of military equipment will be the main part of the 80-minute parade in Beijing. It will highlight China’s military progress over the past 70 years, since the country was founded in 1949.
The key point in this parade is the drone technology. Beijing also boasts some of the best missile systems in the world. Major General Tan Min, deputy commander of the military parade and chief of staff of the Central Military Region Command, said in weapons made in China, highlighted the possibility of innovation in research and defense development.
CNN listed a number of weapons that might make their first appearance at the parade on October 1. Much of the hype of the parade focused on the DF-41 intercontinental ballistic missile. It will be the mainstay of the strength of China’s strategic missile force for many years to come and be promoted as the planet’s strongest rocket.
DF-41 has been in development since 1997. It was rumored to appear in parades in 2015 and 2017, but it did not appear in the end. Rumor has it that the DF-41 will be made public in parades this year, following reports of Chinese state media that the rocket was discovered during training for parades in Beijing earlier this month.
Hans Kristensen, an analyst at FAS, said the satellite image also showed something very similar to the silo for ICBM launched from the ground. Kristensen said that silos are more similar to Russian ICBM silos than older silos for liquid fuel rockets.
DF-41 missiles use solid fuel engines such as Russia’s Topol and Yars. Meanwhile, US main ICBM, Minuteman III, uses solid fuels. However, it can only carry a nuclear warhead, because the design of the three warheads is limited by treaty with Russia.
China may have put into operation a number of DF-41 missiles, at least 18 of which appeared in satellite images at its base in Inner Mongolia earlier this year. Although the DF-41 can carry 10 warheads, in fact only 3 warheads, the remaining are bait, according to the news of the atomic scientists (BAS).