Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2010
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: CSS-4A East Wind
Origin: China
Parent System: DF-5
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1983
Maiden Flight: May 1980
Total Production: 20
Family Members: DF-5 and DF-5C
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Description: The DF-5A, CSS-4A East Wing Western designation, is a three-stage, liquid-fueled, silo-based intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) developed by China. Its development started in the 1970s, performing the first full-range test in May 1980s and achieving initial operational capability with the People's Liberation Army (PLA) in 1983. It has a maximum range of more than 13,000 kilometers. The initial variant, DF-5, was nuclear capable fitted with a single warhead. The DF-5A variant was developed in the 2000s to carry multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles (MIRV). Some reports suggested that the DF-5A was capable of carrying up to six nukes but the production model only carries three. The primary targets for the DF-5A ICBM are locations in the Continental United States (CONUS) territory. In the first half of the 2010s China upgraded 10 DF-5 missiles to the DF-5A variant equipped with three nuclear warheads.

DF-5A Specifications

Number of Stages: 3
Number of Warheads: 3
Diameter: 3.35 meter (132 inch)
Length: 32.6 meter (1,283 inch)
Max Range: 13,000 kilometer (7,019 nautical mile)
SetUp Time: 60 minute (3,600 second)
Warhead: 3,200 kilogram (7,055 pound)
Weight: 183,000 kilogram (403,439 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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DF-5A News

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on 17 May 2015
Sunday, May 17, 2015China Fielding DF-5A, DF-31 and DF-41 MIRVed Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles

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