DF-15


DF-15
Dong Feng 15
Type SRBM
Service history
Used by PRC
Production history
Manufacturer Academy of Rocket Motors Technology
Specifications
Weight 6,200 kg
Length 9.1 m
Diameter 1.0 m

Warhead One, with Maneuverable reentry vehicles [1]
Blast yield 350-500 kT

Engine single-stage solid-propellant rocket
Operational
range
600 kilometres (370 mi)
Speed  ?
Guidance
system
Inertial + GPS, celestial guidance + ring-laser gyroscope

The Dong-Feng 15 (a.k.a. M-9, CSS-6) is a short-range ballistic missile developed by the People's Republic of China. It is the only non-nuclear missile being used by the People's Liberation Army Second Artillery Corps. The U.S. Department of Defense estimates that China has 315-355 missiles, and 90-110 launchers.[2]

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History

Development on the DF-15 began in 1985 with a finalized design proposal being approved by the PLA in 1987. From the late 1980s to the mid 1990s, testing of the missile was done in the Gobi Desert. The first public display of the missile took place at the Beijing Defense Exposition in 1988. The SAC had allegedly deployed a small number of the missiles the following year.

Description

The DF-15 uses a solid fuel, single-stage rocket. It is vertically launched from an eight wheeled transporter erector launcher (TEL). The missile's trajectory is guided using small thrusters and an inertial guidance system on the warhead. The warhead is only a tenth of the size of the missile body. After the body and warhead separate, the body trails behind to camouflage the warhead. The terminal velocity of the missile is over Mach 6.[3]

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Preceded by
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DF-15
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Succeeded by
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