Highlights

  • Chinese experts studied feasibility of train-based nuclear platforms
  • Panel said high-speed trains better than heavy-haul railways: reports
  • North Korea recently claimed to have test-fired missiles from trains

Latest news

UPDATED IPL 2022 points table after Bangalore vs Gujarat match on May 19; RCB, DC playoffs scenarios

UPDATED IPL 2022 points table after Bangalore vs Gujarat match on May 19; RCB, DC playoffs scenarios

 Why Centre is sending additional 2,000 paramilitary soldiers to Punjab

 Why Centre is sending additional 2,000 paramilitary soldiers to Punjab

IPL 2022, RCB vs GT: Kohli's 73 runs help Bangalore win by 8 wickets; RCB keep their playoffs hope alive

IPL 2022, RCB vs GT: Kohli's 73 runs help Bangalore win by 8 wickets; RCB keep their playoffs hope alive

A timeline of the 1988 road case against Navjot Singh Sidhu

A timeline of the 1988 road case against Navjot Singh Sidhu

World Boxing Championships: Nikhat Zareen wins gold, becomes 5th Indian woman to win World title

World Boxing Championships: Nikhat Zareen wins gold, becomes 5th Indian woman to win World title

China's 'nuclear missile on train' plan: Advantages, dangers, history explained

The Chinese government reportedly funded a committee of experts to look into the feasibility of using trains as a platform for nuclear weapons.

In a significant augmentation of China's nuclear weapons programme, the country is reportedly exploring the option of firing nuclear missiles from trains.

The Chinese government reportedly funded a committee of experts to look into the feasibility of using trains as a platform for nuclear weapons, as per a report by The Eurasian Times.


The committee reportedly published its findings recently, saying that high-speed trains are better than heavy-haul railways to deliver nuclear missiles. Military experts have reportedly opined that trains carrying nuclear missiles would have a higher chance of surviving a first strike by an enemy nation, as compared to trucks and silos.



Trains would also be able to carry the same number of nuclear warheads as submarines.


The shockwave from the launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile can go up to 8 metres deep. Therefore, the stronger foundations of high-speed trains help. Tracks for high-speed trains are laid and fixed on concrete, and some of them have supporting structures up to 60 m deep. Additionally, most of the damage from a launch would be in shallow areas where it would be easier to fix. However, some dangers do exist.

An ICBM missile launch create a thrust which would be two to four times the maximum load-bearing capacity of the train. This physical stress would then travel to the tracks and the foundation, damaging them. The tracks would become unsafe and unusable until they are repaired. Also, low-frequency vibrations from the launcher can damage the rail infrastructure. China is not the first country to explore the option of a train-based missile platform.


In the 1980s, the Soviet Union developed the RT-23 Molodets ICBM which could reportedly fit inside a standard train carriage. It could carry ten 550-kiloton nuclear warheads, and strike targets up to 6,800 km away.


Recently, North Korea claimed to have test-fired a short-range ballistic missile from a train. These tests were reportedly conducted in September last year, and January this year.

ALSO WATCH: Indian missile destroys target in 'direct hit' in DRDO-Army test-firing amid border tension

Up Next

China's 'nuclear missile on train' plan: Advantages, dangers, history explained

China's 'nuclear missile on train' plan: Advantages, dangers, history explained

Explained: what is monkeypox, its symptoms and chances of human transmission

Explained: what is monkeypox, its symptoms and chances of human transmission

Is China building a second bridge on the Pangong Lake in Ladakh? See these satellite images

Is China building a second bridge on the Pangong Lake in Ladakh? See these satellite images

India calls out West, says food grains shouldn’t go the way of Covid vaccine

India calls out West, says food grains shouldn’t go the way of Covid vaccine

Battle for Mariupol draws toward close after Ukraine troops' mass surrender

Battle for Mariupol draws toward close after Ukraine troops' mass surrender

US confirms monkeypox infection in man who travelled to Canada

US confirms monkeypox infection in man who travelled to Canada

More videos

Baby formula shortage in US & why has Biden invoked Defense Production Act

Baby formula shortage in US & why has Biden invoked Defense Production Act

Pakistan: son kills, beheads father, then throws body parts in different parts of Karachi, say police

Pakistan: son kills, beheads father, then throws body parts in different parts of Karachi, say police

Taliban praises India amid tension with Pakistan, invites Delhi to reopen diplomatic offices

Taliban praises India amid tension with Pakistan, invites Delhi to reopen diplomatic offices

PM Modi recommends US founding father Benjamin Franklin's daily timetable to UP ministers: see what it is

PM Modi recommends US founding father Benjamin Franklin's daily timetable to UP ministers: see what it is

US spies show UFO videos at Congressional hearing on increasing encounters. Watch what Pentagon revealed

US spies show UFO videos at Congressional hearing on increasing encounters. Watch what Pentagon revealed

Will India deploy Russian S-400 missile defence next month: here's what US intelligence thinks

Will India deploy Russian S-400 missile defence next month: here's what US intelligence thinks

Watch: Russians queue up at McDonald's outlets as it exits the country

Watch: Russians queue up at McDonald's outlets as it exits the country

Someone in cockpit intentionally crashed Chinese plane: WSJ report

Someone in cockpit intentionally crashed Chinese plane: WSJ report

Watch: 7-year-old Ukrainian skater creates magic as he returns to the ice in UK

Watch: 7-year-old Ukrainian skater creates magic as he returns to the ice in UK

Cannes 2022: Zelenskyy opens film festival, invokes Charlie Chaplin to slam Putin

Cannes 2022: Zelenskyy opens film festival, invokes Charlie Chaplin to slam Putin

Editorji Technologies Pvt. Ltd. © 2022 All Rights Reserved.