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 Chinas neue  Basis für Atomraketen infographic
Grafik zeigt die bisher bekannten Orte für Chinas Untergrund Silos für Atomwaffen.


China errichtet neue Basis für Atomraketen

By Jordi Bou

July 28, 2021 - Satellitenaufnahmen zeigen den Bau von neuen Silos für Atomraketen, Indiz für eine möglicherweise riesige Erweiterung von Beijings Nukleararsenal. Es ist bereits die zweite derartige Entdeckung der letzten Wochen.

The images from Xinjiang province suggest the site could house about 110 silos when it is finished, says the report from the Federation of American Scientists (FAS).

For decades, they noted, China has operated about 20 silos for big, liquid-fuel missiles, called the DF-5. But the new fields will provide around 250 new silos – more than 10 times the number currently
in operation.

Also, the new silos may be loaded with the new three-stage, solid fuel DF-41 missile, which can carry multiple warheads and reach targets up to 15,000km, putting U.S. mainland within reach.

A 2020 Pentagon report estimated China's nuclear warhead stockpile in “the low 200s” and said it was projected to at least double in size as Beijing expands and modernizes its forces. Analysts say the U.S. has around 3,800 warheads, and according to a State Department factsheet, 1,357 of those were deployed as of March 1.

PUBLISHED: 29/07/2021; STORY: Graphic News