China has reportedly constructed a pair of missile bases to support deployment of the medium range DF-11 / M-11 [CSS-7 Mod 2 ] ballistic missile with a range of nearly 500 kilometers [ about 300 miles]. The existence of these two bases was publicly disclosed in late 1999. One base is at Yong'an [not Yangang, as initially reported], some 350 kilometers [220 miles] from Taiwan, while the Xianyou missile complex is about 220 kilometers [135 miles] from Taiwan. As of late 1999 the second base at Xianyou was nearly complete. The arrangement of these new bases generally resembles the facility at Leping, which is the base for a brigade of DF-15 / M-9 [CSS-6] mobile missiles. Each facility, with tunnels to store the missiles, will support a brigade-size force with 16 truck launchers and 97 CSS-7 mobile missiles.
Photographic Evaluation Report
High resolution imagery is available from declassified CORONA imagery for negation. As of 08 April 2000 Russian 2-meter resolution KVR-1000 imagery coverage was not available via the SPIN-2 service on TerraServer. Archival Space Imaging IKONOS 1-meter imagery available on the CARTERRA™ Archive is apparently centered on this facility, but further change extraction evaluation is needed.
Sources and Resources
- China Targets Taiwan With 2nd Missile Base By Bill Gertz Washington Times December 8, 1999 Page 1 -- The Defense Intelligence Agency has discovered a second Chinese short-range missile base under construction near Taiwan that will significantly increase the threat against the island.
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Updated Sunday, April 09, 2000 10:55:53 AM