China Nuke Missile
Launch Is Major
Technological Leap

Items compiled from Tribune news services
WASHINGTON, CHINA -- China's military launched a long-range ballistic missile from a submarine in a test this month, marking an unexpected advance in technical capability, a U.S. defense official said Wednesday.
The missile, the JL-2, was launched at sea westward toward a test range inside China, the official said on condition of anonymity. The test took place about 10 days ago, the official said, confirming a report that appeared in The Washington Times.
The missile is believed to be able to carry a nuclear warhead for 6,000 miles, far greater than any sub-launched missile in China's inventory.
Last year, China launched the first submarine in a new class of nuclear vessels designed to fire these intercontinental ballistic missiles, officials said.



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