According to Chinese sources, the missile test was conducted by the 2nd Artillery Corps of the Chinese Army, in a missile test range in the Western province of Xinjiang. The test was carried out on 24th of July this year. Chinese officials claimed that the latest test was conducted in order to check the Multiple Independently targetable Re-entry Vehicle (MIRV) capability of the DF-41. The MIRV technology will enable the Chinese side to attach multiple nuclear warheads to each of the missiles, making it extremely difficult for the missile defence systems to intercept them.
However, the Chinese Minister for National Defence, Liang Guanglie refuted allegations that the DF-41 was developed to target the American facilities. He claimed that the development of the missile will not target any specific country, and added that the only aim of China is to enhance its national security. Geng Yansheng, the official spokesperson of the Chinese defence ministry also reiterated the same, arguing that China does not possess a threat to the US.
China had recently tested a number of new and upgraded versions of its ballistic missiles, including the DF-5 and the DF-31A. The DF-5 is having an operational range of 9,300 miles, while the DF-31A is capable of striking targets as much as 7,500 miles away. The former uses a liquid-based fuel, while the latter operates on a solid fuel engine.