China developing new DF-31 for multiple warheads

Launch vehicles for the DF-31A ICBM. (Internet photo)

China appears to be developing a new variant of the solid-fuel, road-mobile DF-31 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of carrying multiple warheads. The new report came from US admiral Cecil D Haney during a session of the US House of Representatives’ Armed Services Committee on Feb. 26, according to a recent report from the UK-based Jane’s Defence Weekly. Haney also said that images of a Chinese transporter erector launcher suggest that the People’s Liberation Army is “enhancing existing silo-based ICBMs, conducting flight tests of a new mobile missile and developing a follow-on mobile system capable of carrying multiple warheads.” FULL REPORT