China demonstrated its new DF-31AG intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time at the military parade, marking the 90th anniversary of founding the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), on Sunday.
The parade, long anticipated but only officially announced Saturday, was part of the celebrations of the 90th anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). More than 100 planes flew during the parade and almost 600 types of weaponry were on display for the occasion — nearly half of which were making their debut in public, according to the Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman.
The latest upgrade, the DF-31AG, incorporates three new features, including an off-road vehicle chassis that improves missile mobility and a multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicle, which enhances penetration capability.
The third feature is an unsupported random launching system that greatly improves mobility and launch concealment, thus improving missile system survivability.