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China successfully tests DF-5C missile with 10 nuclear warheads  

China has successfully tested a new version of a DF-5C missile that can carry up to 10 nuclear warheads in January 2017.

The flight test of the missile was carried using 10 multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicles, (MIRVs), from the Taiyuan Space Launch Centre in Shanxi province and to an impact range in the western Taklamakan desert.

Key Facts
  • The Dongfeng 5 (DF-5) is a three stage Chinese intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). It has a length of 32.6 m and a diameter of 3.35 m. It weighs in at 183,000 kilograms.
  • It has an estimated range of 12,000 to 15,000 kilometers. It is primarily designed for nuclear weapons delivery.
  • The DF-5’s first flight was conduected in 1971 and was in operational service 10 years later. This missile’s development is considered as response to development of US’s ballistic missile defence system.
Comment

This development indicates shift in China’s nuclear deterrence policy to modify older its arsenal of rockets with new MIRV busses. It means that China intends to increase the number of nuclear warheads it possesses. It is currently estimated to have about 250.

India, Russia holds high-level consultations on counter-terrorism

India and Russia have held high-level consultations on counter-terrorism issues in New Delhi. Both sides shared views and assessment on the threats posed by increasing terrorist activities including India’s concern on state-sponsored, cross-border terrorism.

The Indian delegation was led by Preeti Saran, Secretary (East) in the Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) while the Russian delegation was headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Mr. Oleg V. Syromolotov.

Highlights of Meeting
  • Both sides shared views and assessment on the threats posed by the scourge of terrorism, including state-sponsored, cross-border terrorism faced by India.
  • They also shared concerns regarding the emergence of Afghanistan-Pakistan (AfPak) region as the epicentre of terrorism. They discussed successful experiences in countering radicalisation and curbing terrorism.
  • Both sides agreed that the UN Security Council (UNSC) Sanctions List 1267 processes for blacklisting various terrorist individuals and entities must be stringently complied.
  • They also emphasized on prospects for deepening engagement on counter-terrorism under the United Nations, BRICS and SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation) mechanisms.
  • They also agreed to frame joint action plan to focus on enhancing capacity building, frequent expert-level meetings, sharing of insights, exchange of best practices in curbing terrorism and countering radicalization.