Strategic Nuclear Forces of the World, March 2008
Part 4: United Kingdom, France, and P.R. China

under construction
compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 19 April 2008



These tables summarize world strategic and theater nuclear forces. In addition to forces traditionally classified as strategic, information on theater nuclear forces (range in excess of 500 km) are included, since many of these forces are (or could be) assigned strategic missions (in contrast to tactical, or battlefield, missions). Numbers of deployed systems are given for January 1992 (end of the Cold War), January 2000, March 2008 (present), and December 2012 (approximate culmination of START retirements).

These pages are under construction. Please refer to the Introduction for further details, explanation of table and abbreviations, and sources.


United Kingdom

type system warhead cep
(m)
range
(km)
number deployed notes notes
Jan
1992
Jan
2000
Mar
2008
Dec
2012
SLBM Polaris A3TK 2 x 40 kt
TK-100?, MRV
900 4700 64 0 0 0 16 per Resolution-class SSBN; IOC Jun 1982, retired Aug 1996 N94a, N96b
Trident II 4 x 100 kt 150 7400 0 36 36 36 16 per Vanguard-class SSBN; IOC Dec 1994; 4 SSBN total but only 3 operational at any time, one on patrol; as of 2006 home port in Faslane, Scotland N94a, N01a, N05c
1 x 10 kt 150 11000 0 12 12 12 N94a, N01a, N05c
TB Tornado GR1 1 x WE-177A/B 1300 72 0 0 0 IOC Jul 1982, retired Mar 1998 N94a, N05c
NGB WE-177A 1 x 200 kt . 0 36 0 0 0 IOC Oct 1966, retired Mar 1998 N94a, N05c
WE-177B 1 x 400 kt . 0 36 0 0 0 IOC Oct 1966, retired Mar 1998 N94a, N05c

France

type system warhead cep
(m)
range
(km)
number deployed notes notes
Jan
1992
Jan
2000
Mar
2008
Dec
2012
SLBM M-4A 6 x 150 kt
TN-70 (tn)
330 4000 16 16 0 0 16 per Inflexible-class SSBN; IOC May 1985, retired 2001 N94a
M-4B 6 x 150 kt
TN-71 (tn)
300 5000 48 16 0 0 16 per Inflexible-class SSBN; IOC Dec 1987, retired 2005 N94a
M-45 6 x 110 kt
TN-75
200 6000 0 32 64 16 16 per Triomphant-class SSBN; IOC Sep 1996; as of 2006 home port in Ile Longue, Brest N94a
M-51.1 6 x 110 kt
TN-75
200 6000 0 0 0 48 16 per Triomphant-class SSBN; IOC 2010 *
M-51.2 6 x 100 kt?
TNO
200 6000 0 0 0 0 16 per Triomphant-class SSBN; IOC 2015 *
MRBM S-3D Durcie 1 x 1.2 mt
TN-61 (tn)
. 3500 18 0 0 0 based in silos; IOC Jun 1980, retired Sep 1996 N94a
TB Super Etendard 1 x ASMP 700 20 10 10 0 based on one carrier; IOC Apr 1989 with ASMP N94a
Mirage IVP 1 x ASMP 1500 18 0 0 0 IOC May 1986, retired Jul 1996 N94a
Mirage 2000N 1 x ASMP 1300 42 60 60 0 IOC Jul 1988; as of 2006 based at Luxeuil-les-Bains (40) and Istres (20) N94a
Mirage 2000N K3 1 x ASMP-A 1300 0 0 0 30 IOC 2007? *
Rafale M F3 1 x ASMP-A 1100 0 0 0 30 IOC 2007? N94a
ASM ASMP TN-80 1 x 300 kt
TN-80 (tn)
380 300 20 10 10 0 IOC May 1986 N94a
ASMP TN-81 1 x 300 kt
TN-81 (tn)
380 300 60 60 60 0 IOC Jul 1988 N94a
ASMP-A 1 x 300 kt?
TNA
. 450 0 0 0 60 IOC 2010? *

P.R. China

type system warhead cep
(m)
range
(km)
number deployed notes notes
Jan
1992
Jan
2000
Mar
2008
Dec
2012
ICBM Dong Feng 5
(CSS-4 Mod 1)
1 x 5 mt 500 12000 4 0 0 0 in silos; IOC 1981 (DF-5); based at Luoning, Xuanhua, ? A98a, N94a
Dong Feng 5A
(CSS-4 Mod 2)
1 x 5 mt 500 13000 4 18 20 20 A98a, N94a
4 x 650 kt 500 13000 0 0 0 5 in silos; plans for MIRVed missiles unknown
Dong Feng 31
(CSS-X-10)
1 x 1 mt 450 8000 0 0 10 30 IOC 2005 A98a, N94a
Dong Feng 31A
(CSS-X-10)
1 x 1 mt 450 12000 0 0 0 10 IOC 2008 N94a
3 x 250 kt 450 12000 0 0 0 0 plans for MIRVed missiles unknown *
SLBM Julang 1
(CSS-NX-3)
1 x 300 kt . 1700 12 12 12 12 12 per Xia-class SSBN; IOC 1989; as of 2006 home port at Jianggezhuang A98a, N94a
Julang 2
(CSS-NX-4)
1 x 1 mt . 8000 0 0 16 16 16 per 094-class SSBN; IOC 2005-2010 N94a
3 x 250 kt . 8000 0 0 0 16 16 per 094-class SSBN; plans for MIRVed missiles unknown N94a
MRBM Dong Feng 3A
(CSS-2)
1 x 3.3 mt 1000 2900 50 40 40 40 on TELs; IOC May 1971; based at Jianshui (8), Kunming (8), Yidu (8), Tonghua (8), Dengshahe (4), and Lianxiwang (10) A98a, N94a
Dong Feng 4
(CSS-3)
1 x 3.3 mt 1400 5500 20 20 12 12 on TELs in caves; IOC Aug 1981; based at Da Qaidam (2), Delingha (2), Sundian (2), Tongdao (2), and Xiao Qaidam (2) A98a, N94a
IRBM Dong Feng 21A
(CSS-5)
1 x 300 kt . 1800 36 48 48 60 on TELs; IOC 1985; based at Tonghua (16), Jianshui (8), and Lianxiwang (16) A98a, N94a
SRBM Dong Feng 15
(M-9)
1 x 10 kt 450 600 0 15 35 45 based on TELs; IOC 1995; some based opposite ROC Taiwan; nuclear version unconfirmed N94a
TB Hong 6
(B-6)
1 x NGB 3100 120 120 120 75 IOC 1965; based at Datong (40), two other bases (80) A98a, N94a
2? x ALCM 3100 0 0 0 25 . *
NGB ? 1 x 3.3 mt . 0 120 120 120 75 based with Hong 6 (see above) *
ALCM YJ-63 1 x 250 kt? . . 0 0 0 50 . *


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