Military Capabilities

China likely to display array of new military equipment at National Day Parade

16 September 2019

Photographs circulating on Chinese social media of the second rehearsal for China’s National Day Parade show that a significant number of new platforms and weapons not previously made public are set to be shown at the formal parade on 1 October.

Although many of the systems were shrouded under tarpaulins for the rehearsal, which took place overnight on 14 September in Beijing, it is clear that the platforms and weaponry on display will show major advances compared to those at the previous major military parade through Tiananmen Square in 2015, which marked the anniversary of the victory over Japan.

The most powerful weapon set to be displayed is the DF-41 road-mobile, intercontinental ballistic missile, which is thought to be capable of carrying 10 independently targetable re-entry vehicles more than 12,000 km.

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