The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site:
MIRV stands for multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicle.
In fact, China showcased its DF-5 ICBM for the first time in 1984.
The report says there has been great improvement in its new version DF-5B since then.
As the DF-5B is big in volume, it has to be carried by two vehicles.
The DF-5 is China’s first generation of strategic missile with a range exceeding 10,000 km and a warhead equivalent to a few million tons of TNT.
The report concludes that, according to British Janes Missiles and Rockets, the DF-5 missile is 32.6 meters long and 3.35 meters in diameter and weighs 183 tons.
It is installed in a bunker with a range between 12,000 and 15,000 km and carries one 3,000 km warhead equivalent to 3 to 4 million tons of TNT.
It can also carry 4 to 6 MIRV warheads with an accuracy of 500-2000 meters.
Source: mil.huanqiu.com “A large country’s sharp weapon—DF-5B ICBM” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)
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