Researchers find 110 more secret Chinese nuclear missile silos under construction
Vehicles carry DF-5B intercontinental ballistic missiles during a Chinese military parade. (Voice of America/Released)
JULY 27, 2021 RYAN MORGAN
New satellite images analyzed by nuclear arms researchers revealed that China is preparing a second field for up to 110 new missile silos capable of housing nuclear-capable weapons. The discovery adds to another 119 silos discovered earlier this year, and form what researchers described this week as “the most significant expansion of the Chinese nuclear arsenal ever.”
Matt Korda and Hans Kristensen, researchers with the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), wrote in a paper published Monday that recent satellite images show China is in the early stages of constructing a new missile silo field about 60 miles southwest of the Chinese city of Hami, in the Xinjiang Province of western China.
“The grid-like outline of the entire complex indicates that it may eventually include approximately 110 silos,” the researchers wrote. Dome structures have been set up over 14 silo construction sites, while preparation appears to be underway for another 19 silos, according to their analysis.
The discovery of this new likely missile silo field comes just weeks after the Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, Calif. reported what appeared to be construction and preparations for about 119 new missile silos near the Chinese city of Yumen.
“The silo construction at Yumen and Hami constitutes the most significant expansion of the Chinese nuclear arsenal ever,” Korda and Kristensen wrote.