China has unveiled a new hypersonic ballistic nuclear missile on Tuesday, during a large military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
The parade was led by President Xi Jinping, who declared that “no force can ever shake the status of China or stop the Chinese people and nation from marching forward.”
The parade featured around 15,000 military personnel, 160 aircraft, 580 pieces of military hardware and equipment, and 59 formations in total.
One of the systems making their debut was the DF-17, a new hypersonic ballistic nuclear missile believed to be capable of breaching all existing anti-missile shields deployed by the US and its allies.
The DF-17 has a hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV) that can deliver both nuclear and conventional payloads. The HGV can reportedly reach more than five times the speed of sound, and fly at a much lower altitude just prior to delivering its warhead.
The new missile is said to replace the DF-11 and DF-15 short-range ballistic missiles.
Also displayed at the parade was the DF-41, China’s next-generation ICBM, which has an estimated range of between 12,000 and 15,000 km.