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Dongfeng-41 (DF-41 / CSS-X-20)

InterContinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Launcher

China | 2019

"The Dongfeng-41 ICBM was introduced by China in 2019 and represents its most lethal missile solution to date."

Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 08/09/2022 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site; No A.I. was used in the generation of this content.
The Dongfeng-41 (CSS-X-20) - or "DF-41" - is an InterContinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) designed, developed, and manufactured by the nation of China. At the time of this writing (August 2022), it represents the longest-ranged, most lethal ICBM available to the Chinese military's "Rocket Force", representing the latest, most advanced, oversized missile design offering a maximum target range out to 9,320 miles (15,000 kilometers) with modular warhead capability to boot.

The DF-41 began testing in July 2012 with more advanced tests following into late-2014 and throughout 2015-2016. It was debuted to the public in the October 2019 National Day military parade in Central Beijing thereafter.

With a length measuring 72 feet (22 m), the missile's diameter reaches 7.38 feet (2.25 m) and its payload tips the scales at 5,510 miles (2,500 kg) while the missile, as a whole, weighs 176,400lb (80,000 kg). A three-stage, solid propellant propulsion system is used to propel the massive missile into the sky on its one-way trip. Up to ten nuclear warheads can be seated in the missile to maximize the blast radius.

The flexibility in deployment of the missile is such that it be launched from its multi-wheeled, eight-axle mobile carrier, by rail, or from a reinforced underground silo housing. The typical launcher vehicle consists of a heavy-duty sixteen-wheeled military truck with split-cab arrangement. The missile is seated over the entire length of the truck and even extends beyond the bow - such is its size. Prior to firing, the missile is raised in its cradle and made vertical to begin its trajectory.

The Chinese military's rocket force operates the missile in two missile brigades as the DF-41 makes up a critical main component of Chinese nuclear deterrence and missile force strength.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one land system design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Dongfeng-41 InterContinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Launcher.
1 x Conventional drive system for mobile component utilizing all-wheeled arrangement comprised of eight axles and sixteen roadwheels. Missile component has three-stage solid propellant booster unit.
Installed Power
9,321 miles
15,000 km
The physical qualities of the Dongfeng-41 InterContinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Launcher.
72.2 ft
22 meters
O/A Length
7.4 ft
2.25 meters
O/A Width
176,370 lb
80,000 kg | 88.2 tons
Armament & Ammunition
Available supported armament, ammunition, and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Dongfeng-41 (DF-41 / CSS-X-20) InterContinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Launcher.
1 x Modular warhead with variable filling; supports conventional and nuclear-based types.
Not Applicable.
Nightvision - YES, OPTIONAL.
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Protection (CBRN) - YES.
Notable series variants as part of the Dongfeng-41 (DF-41 / CSS-X-20) family line.
Dongfeng-41 (DF-41) - Base Series Designation.
CSS-X-20 - Alternative designation.
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Dongfeng-41 (DF-41 / CSS-X-20). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national land systems listing.

Total Production: 500 Units

Contractor(s): State Factories - China
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