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DF-5A


Chinese intercontinental ballistic missile. Modernised DF-5 incorporating guidance and propulsion improvements developed for the CZ-series of launch vehicles.

Standard warhead: 3,190 kg (7,030 lb). Maximum range: 13,030 km (8,090 mi). Number Standard Warheads: 1. Warhead yield: 3,300 KT. CEP: 0.44 km (0.27 mi). Boost Propulsion: Storable liquid rocket, N2O4/UDMH. Initial Operational Capability: 1981. Total Number Built: 4.

AKA: Dong-Feng 5A.
Gross mass: 181,000 kg (399,000 lb).
Payload: 3,190 kg (7,030 lb).
Height: 32.61 m (106.98 ft).
Diameter: 3.35 m (10.99 ft).
Span: 3.35 m (10.99 ft).
Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

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See also
  • CZ China's first ICBM, the DF-5, first flew in 1971. It was a two-stage storable-propellant rocket in the same class as the American Titan, the Russian R-36, or the European Ariane. The DF-5 spawned a long series of Long March ("Chang Zheng") CZ-2, CZ-3, and CZ-4 launch vehicles. These used cryogenic engines for upper stages and liquid-propellant strap-on motors to create a family of 12 Long-March rocket configurations capable of placing up to 9,200 kg into orbit. In 2000 China began development of a new generation of expendable launch vehicles using non-toxic, high-performance propellants with supposedly lower operating costs. However these encountered development delays, and it seemed the reliable Long March series of rockets would continue in operational use for nearly fifty years before being replaced. More...
  • missile Guided self-propelled military weapon (as opposed to rocket, an unguided self-propelled weapon). More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • CALT Chinese manufacturer of rockets, spacecraft, and rocket engines. China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, Beijing, China. More...

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