Death of INF Treaty Gives Birth to New Missiles

  • By Our Bureau
  • 06:21 AM, October 8, 2019
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The Collapse of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty has spawned new long-range missiles, while older ones have been improved as China, Russia, United States and North Korea rush to cock their nuclear guns in a free-for-all world. looks at some of the new and improved missiles recently tested by the nuclear-armed nations.

China- Dongfeng-41, Dongfeng 5

Russia- RSM-56 Bulava, RS-28 Sarmat

U.S.A - LGM-30G Minuteman III, Trident D-5

North Korea- Hwasong-14, Hwasong-15


China unveiled DF-41 on Oct 1, 2019 on National Day military parade.

This is solid-fuelled road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile.

Dongfeng 5

It is a silo-based intercontinental ballistic missile. On January 21, 2017 China tested a new variant of the missile.

2 variants: DF-5B (deployed in 2015 upgraded to carry MIRVed warheads), DF-5C (equipped with 10 MIRVs).

RSM-56 Bulava

Bulava is an intercontinental-range, submarine-launched, solid propellant ballistic missile.

Carried test on August 24, 2019.

RS-28 Sarmat

This is a Russian liquid-fueled, MIRV-equipped, heavy thermonuclear intercontinental ballistic missile that can carry 10 tons of payloads.

LGM-30G Minuteman III

The Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic test missile launched on October 2, 2019.

Trident D-5

The UGM-133 Trident D-5 was recently launched on September 6, 2019.

This is a three-stage, solid-fueled submarine-launched intercontinental-range ballistic missile.


Mobile intercontinental ballistic missile developed by North Korea was launched on 4 July, 2017.


North Korea tested the Hwasong-15 for the first time on November 28, 2017 claimed that the missile can carry a “super-large heavy warhead.

According to the 2019 Strategic Digest North Korea's Hwasong-15 ICBM is capable of reaching anywhere in the US mainland said the United States Forces Korea (USFK).