Was that a pot shot at my supopsed ignorance to military current affairs or was that something else?
Here's what I got for land based ICBMs:
DF - 5:
Configuration: Two stage liquid
Launch Weight: 183,000kg
Propellant: Liquid fuel (Unsymmetrical Dimethylhydrazine/Nitrogen Tetroxide mix [UDMH/N2H4])
Guidance: Inertial with onboard computer
Range: 12,000km (DF-5); >13,000km (DF-5A)
Deployment: Silo and launch pad
Re-entry Vehicle Mass: ~3,000kg
Warhead: Single 3,000~5,000kT
Launch Preparation Time: 120 min (mobile), or 45~60 min (in silo)
DF - 31
Launch Weight: 42,000kg
Propellant: Solid fuel
Guidance: Inertial + stellar update
Range: 8,000km (DF-31); 10,000km (DF-31A)
Deployment: Silo or road mobile
Re-entry Vehicle Mass: 1,050~1,750kg
Warhead: One single 1,000kT, or up to three 20~150kT multiple independently targeted re-entry vehicle (MIRV)
Launch Preparation Time: 15~30 min
DF - 4: (Is it deployed or not
Configuration: Three stage
Launch Weight: ~30,000kg
Propellant: Solid fuel
Guidance: Inertial + stella update (?)
Deployment: Silo or mobile
Re-entry Vehicle Mass: ~1,000kg
Warhead: Multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicle (MIRV)
CEP: 700 to 800m
Launch Preparation Time: ~15 min
So the only land based one(s) capable of reaching Washington DC from the eastern most points on China is the DF 5(Don't know if the DF 41 was ever
inducted) since the distance is a few km short of 10500 km.
Form the western most points its about 11000km.
Try this out:
I took Vladivostok as the eastern most point considering Manchuria and Tashkent as the western most point considering Xianjiang Province. Tashkent is
say 500km west of the western chinese territory.
The DF 5 doesn't have MIRV capability which makes it even more easy to take out considering that fact that Washington will have the best ABM defenses
the US has to offer.
So that leaves us with the SLBMs namely the JL 2 since the JL 1 has an IRBMish range.
The JL 2 as per best estimates has a range of 8000km max. Assuming it has been opertionally deployed, each Type 94 SSBN is said to carry 16 missiles.
Whethre the JL 2 is MIRV capable is somewhat unknown.
So now to hit Washington DC (again assuming the theatre to be the Pacific ocean) to least distance it would have to travel undetected would be about
3000km due east of Tokyo in the North Pacific ocean to get to the 8000km range. In all probabability, it would be safer to patrol further south away
from Japanese/US ASW and north of Guam(again to avoid US ASW).
This would obviously translate into a deeper patrol(by a few 1000km) since the distance to Washington would now be extended as it was not in the same
latitudinal region (Tokyo-Wahshington).
And this is exactly what I meant when I said that sneaking a sub through PACCOM would do the job of leveling the White House in a PRE EMPTIVE strike.
Any second-strike would just hit an empty White House obviously.That is what I meant by PONUS and his band flying around if it were a counter
So what was all that about?!!
Maybe this belongs in the Weaps forum?
[edit on 2-4-2006 by Daedalus3]