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The mobile DH-10 long-range cruise missile was first disclosed by Chinese Internet sites during practice for the Oct. 1 60th-anniversary military parade in Beijing, according to a report by Martin Andrew and Carlo Kopp posted in their Internet site Air Power Australia (www.ausairpower.net).

The missile, also known as the Chang Jian-10 or Long Sword-10, has been under development for years, and as of September 2009, 50 to 250 missiles had been deployed on 20 to 30 road-mobile triple-barreled launchers, the report says.

The new missile has an estimated range of 930 miles to 1,240 miles.

The report notes that the DH-10 is a land-based version of the Kh-55 air-launched cruise missile, several of which were transferred in 2000 from Ukraine to China; China was able to reverse-engineer the missile.

“The missile uses both GLONASS and GPS satellite systems for guidance, with four different types of warheads available; a heavy variant weighing 500 kilograms, and three, 350-kilogram variants: high explosive blast, submunition and earth penetrator,” the report says.

The authors stated that China’s development of three types of intermediate-range missiles - the DH-10, the C-602 long-range cruise missile and the satellite-guided DF-15D intermediate-range ballistic missile - is one reason Russia would like to scrap the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty. The INF treaty required the destruction of U.S. Pershing and Gryphon missiles and required Russia to scrap its SS-4, SS-5, SS-12, SS-23, SS-20 and SSC-X-4 missiles.

In February 2007, then-Russian President Vladimir Putin said the INF treaty no longer served Russian interests, and Russian military and foreign-policy officials said Moscow might unilaterally withdraw from the pact.

About the Author

Bill Gertz INSIDE THE RING

Bill Gertz is geopolitics editor and a national security and investigative reporter for The Washington Times. He has been with The Times since 1985.

He is the author of six books, four of them national best-sellers. His latest book, “The Failure Factory,” on government bureaucracy and national security, was published in September 2008.

Mr. Gertz also writes a weekly column ...

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