The People's Liberation Army will soon induct the DF-41 intercontinental ballistic missile into its military. Yang Chengjun, a missile expert with knowledge of the country's ballistic missile programs, said in a televised interview that the development of DF-41 has entered its final stage and is likely to be delivered to the PLA Rocket Force in the first few months of 2018.
He said that based on the missile's tests so far, development has been proceeding well and all of its test launches so far were successful.
The DF-41, a fourth-generation ballistic missile is said to have an overall capability similar to that of the United States' LGM-30G Minuteman III and Russia's RT-2PM2 Topol-M.
Widely considered one of the PLA's deadliest and most camouflaged pieces of hardware, the DF-41 has been the topic of speculation by military enthusiasts and media reports for years but its existence has never been officially confirmed by the military.