China Conducts Probable Test Launch of JL-3 SLBM

Photographs posted on Chinese social media sites appear to show that China conducted a missile launch on 2 June, which online sources suggest was a test firing of the country's next-generation submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), the JL-3. The event took place during the time an area in the Bohai Sea was closed for a "military mission" as...

Photographs posted on Chinese social media sites appear to show that China conducted a missile launch on 2 June, which online sources suggest was a test firing of the country's next-generation submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), the JL-3.

An image published on Chinese social media showing what may be the country’s next-generation SLBM, the JL-3, in flight following a test-firing on 2 June. (Via Weibo)
An image published on Chinese social media showing what may be the country's next-generation SLBM, the JL-3, in flight following a test-firing on 2 June. (Via Weibo)

The event took place during the time an area in the Bohai Sea was closed for a "military mission" as notified by the Liaoning office of the Maritime Safety Administration (MSA). The MSA had issued two closure notices - from 07:00-1300 h (local time) on 1 June and from 02:30-12:00 h on 2 June - for naval activities in the Bohai Strait, southwest of the naval bases around Lushun and Dalian, at the entrance to the largely enclosed Bohai Sea.

Source: www.janes.com