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China’s DF-41 ICBM could enter service in 2018, says report

21 November 2017

China's Dong Feng-41 (DF-41) intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) could enter service as early as the first half of 2018, the state-owned Global Times newspaper reported on 19 November following media reports stating that the ICBM possibly underwent another test a few weeks ago.

“The missile must have matured considerably if it is to start serving in the PLA [People’s Liberation Army] and, if so, official deployment could be in the first half of next year,” Xu Guangyu, a senior adviser of the China Arms Control and Disarmament Association, was quoted by the paper as saying on 15 November on China Central Television (CCTV).

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