DF-15 (CSS-6)

The Dong Feng 15 (also known as M-9, CSS-6) is a short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) developed by the People\'s Republic of China. It is the only non-nuclear missile being used by the People\'s Liberation Army (PLA) Second Artillery Corps.Development of the DF-15 began in 1985 with a finalized design proposal being approved by the PLA in 1987. For at least two years afterward, 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. Some sources suggest a small number of the DF-15 missiles were deployed in 1989.

DF-15 (CSS-6)
Class Missile
Type Surface to Surface
Manufacturer CASC China Academy of Rocket Motor Technology
Origin China
Country Name Origin Year
China 1989
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
China 1989 1989 View
Iran (Persia) 1989 1989 View
Libya 1989 1989 View
Pakistan 1989 1989 View
Syria 1989 1989 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
CASC China Academy of Rocket Motor Technology 150 View
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.

General Information
Developed by China
Deployed by China, Libya, Syria, Iran, Pakistan
Development Year 1985
Deployment Year 1989
Platform a 8X8 transporter-erector-launcher (TEL) vehicle(TAS5380)
Number deployed 150( as of Feb 1999), 650( as of 2005)
Contractor Chinese State Factories, Marketing: CPMIEC(Beijing)
Design CASC China Academy of Rocket Motor Technology (ARMT, also known as 4th Aerospace Academy)

Dimensions and Performance
Length 9.1m
Body Diameter 1.0m
Launch Weight 6,200kg
Range 200-600km(800km for small warhead)
Accuracy 150-500m CEP

Components
Propulsion 1-stage solid-fuel rocket motor
Payload single warhead 500kg
Warhead HE or 50-350kT nuclear, chemical, submunition or fuel-air explosive
Guidance inertial, terminal control (possibly by GPS/INS)

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