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Dong Feng 15
Service history
In service 1990
Used by PRC
Production history
Manufacturer Academy of Rocket Motors Technology
Weight 6,200 kg
Length 9.1 m
Diameter 1.0 m
Warhead One, with Maneuverable reentry vehicles [1]
Blast yield 90 kt

Engine single-stage solid-propellant rocket
900 kilometres (560 mi) (DF-15A)
50–800 kilometres (31–497 mi) (DF-15B)
600 kilometres (370 mi) (DF-15C)
Speed ?
Astro-inertial guidance (including ring-laser gyroscope) + Beidou,
Road-mobile TEL

The Dong-Feng 15 (a.k.a. DF-15, M-9, CSS-6) is a short-range ballistic missile developed by the People's Republic of China. The DF-15 and the newer DF-16 are thought to be the only non-nuclear missiles in use by the People's Liberation Army Second Artillery Corps. The U.S. Department of Defense estimated in 2008 that China had 315-355 DF-15 missiles and 90-110 launchers.[2]


  • History 1
  • Description 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


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.[3]

The DF-15A is a variant with improved accuracy, employing control fins, GPS updates, control fins on the reentry vehicle, and terminal radar guidance. Its payload is believed to be 600 kg and its range is 900 km.[4]

The DF-15B is a further upgraded variant with improved accuracy, using control fins, improved terminal radar guidance, control fins on the reentry vehicle, and an active radar seeker and laser rangefinder. Its range varies between 50 and 800 km, depending on the payload.[5]

The DF-15C is a bunker buster variant equipped with a deep-penetration warhead. It was originally designed with the intention of destroying the Heng Shan Military Command Center in Taiwan's capitol of Taipei, which was built to withstand a 20 kiloton nuclear blast, a 2 kiloton conventional bomb blast, or an electromagnetic pulse; another target would be Chiashan Air Force Base. In the event of an invasion, the destruction of Taiwan's major command center would make it difficult to coordinate defenses. The missile's range also threatens locations as far as Kyushu in Japan and the Indian capital of New Delhi.[6]


  1. ^ NEW DONG FENG 15
  2. ^ "Military Power of the People's Republic of China 2008" (PDF). Office of the Secretary of Defense. p. 56 (p66 of PDF). 
  3. ^ "DF-15 (CSS-6 / M-9) - China Nuclear Forces". 2005-05-06. 
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  6. ^ Photos published of China's DF-15C bunker buster -, 3 June 2014

External links

  • Sinodefense description
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