China's DF-41 missile launcher (Internet photo)
China's DF-41 solid-fueled road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile is capable of wiping out three American cities in just one attack, according to the Kanwa Defense Review, operated by Canadian military analyst Andrei Chang, also known as Pinkov.
With an attack range of between 11,500-12,000 kilometers, the article said that the DF-41 missile is capable of reaching any target within the continental United States.
From the missile base in northwestern China's Gansu province, the distance to Washington is 11,856 km, to New York is 11,667 km and to Los Angeles is 11,127 km. From Henan in central China, the distance a missile would travel to reach Washington would be 11,982 km, to New York would be 11,815 km and to Los Angeles would be 10,911 km.
From Qinghai in western China, the distance to Washington is 11,597 km, to New York it is 11,390 km and to Los Angeles it is 11,126 km. From Jilin in northeastern China, the distance to Florida is about 11,598 km.
This suggests that the DF-41 is capable of hitting every major city within the United States. Sooner or later, the article said, China will be able to develop its own multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicle.
Once China is capable of launching three warheads simultaneously, the magazine said that a single DF-41 missile would be capable of wiping out three American cities in one go. With other strategic offensive weapons such as the JL-2 submarine-launched ballistic missile and the DF-31A intercontinental ballistic missile, China will be able to gain more of an advantage in arms limitation talks with the United States.