September 01, 2015 09:49
China will unveil new cutting-edge weaponry during a parade on Thursday marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to emphasize China's rising military might.
China is believed to have two new intercontinental ballistic missiles, the DF-31B and the next-generation DF-41. They have a range of 11,200 km and 14,000 km with the entire U.S. mainland within their range.
The DF-41 is believed capable of functioning as a nuclear missile that can incapacitate the U.S.' missile defense system, given its carrying capacity of 10 nuclear warheads.
If 10 of them strike simultaneously, it will be difficult to fend all of them off. In early August, China succeeded in a fourth test-launch.
Beijing has already announced a plan to unveil seven long- and medium-range nuclear and conventional missiles.
Boffins are also curious about China's next-generation J-series fighter jets and expect the J-10, its current main fighter jet, and the carrier-based J-15 to feature prominently in the parade.
Other new weapons includes the KJ-2000 early-warning aircraft that can track down 60 to 100 targets 470 km away simultaneously, and the H-6K strategic bomber that has a range of 4,000 km.
Meanwhile, all 51 female honor guards who will make their debut in the parade have already become celebrities.
They are unusually tall for Chinese women with an average height of 1.78 m, and most of them have college degrees or higher academic backgrounds.
Men Jiahui (23), a model-turned honor guard, has become a minor Internet sensation, the China Daily reported on Monday. She worked as a racing girl since she ranked among the top 10 finalists in a supermodel contest hosted by CCTV in 2010.
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