Chinese Nuclear Forces

China's nuclear force is mainly ICBM based. Their bomber force is antiquated, and they only have one ballistic missile submarine.

ICBMs

Name Launchers Warhead x yield
(kilotons)
Total
warheads
Dong Feng-3A/CSS-2 40 1 x 3.3 MT 450
Dong Feng-4/CSS-3 20 1 x 3.3 MT 20
Dong Feng-5A/CSS-4 20 1 x 4-5 MT 20
Dong Feng-21A/CSS-5 48 1 x 200-300 48
Dong Feng-31 ? 1 x 100-200 ?
Dong Feng-41 ? MIRV ?
Total 128   128

SLBMs

Name SSBNs Warhead x yield
(kilotons)
Total
warheads
Julang-1 (CSS-N-3) 12 1 x 200-300 12
Julang-2 (CSS-N-4) ? 1 x 200-300 ?
Total 12 12

Bombers

Name Launchers Warhead x yield
(kilotons)
Total
warheads
Hong-6 (B-6) 120 1-3 x bombs 120
Qian-5 (A-5) 30 1 x bomb 30
Total 150 150

 

Grand Total 275   ~225

 

Information compiled by Robert S. Norris and William M. Arkin of the Natural Resources Defense Council. Inquiries should be directed to:

NRDC, 1200 New York Avenue, N.W., Suite 400, Washington, D.C., 20005 (v) 202-289-6868.

Source: Bulletin of Atomic Scientists and NRDC

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