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Friday, September 25, 2015

CZ-6 rocket can launch 20 missiles at once, including DF-5B ICBM

Sunday's successful launch of 20 microsatellites into orbit simultaneously using the Long March 6 carrier rocket indicates that China will now also be able to fire 20 missiles at once using the same technology, reports the Beijing-based Sina Military Network.

The Long March 6 — or CZ-6 — carrier rocket was launched from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern China's Shanxi province at 7:01am on Sept. 20, setting a new Asian record for the number of satellites launched by a single rocket.

Sina Military states that as microsatellites can be switched to warheads, the successful test means that the CZ-6, at 29.3 meters long and with a take-off weight of 103 tons, will also be able to carry the same number of missiles.

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