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  Blast yield 350-500 kT Engine single-stage solid-propellant rocket Operational
600 kilometres (370 mi) Speed ? Guidance
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.
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.
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.
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- ^ "DF-15 (CSS-6 / M-9) - China Nuclear Forces". GlobalSecurity.org. 2005-05-06. http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/world/china/df-15.htm.
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