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25°58'00"N 117°22'00"E

Yongan and Nanping in Fujian province are missile firing positions that were used when the People's Liberation Army (PLA) fired DF-15 / M-9 [CSS-6] missiles into the sea off Taiwan during the 1996 Taiwan Strait Crisis. Yongan and Nanping have direct railway links with the headquarters of the 815th ballistic missile brigade of the PLA in Jiangxi Province's Leping, and three to four hours would be required to transport missiles from Leping to Yongan via railway.

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 01 May 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 includes a total of eight scenes, acquired between 19 February 2000 and 22 April 2000. Of these, eight are almost completely cloud-covered. The remaining pair of scenes, acquired on 04 March 2000, is apparently centered on this facility, but further change extraction evaluation is needed fo confirmation.

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Maintained by Robert Sherman
Originally created by John Pike
Updated Friday, May 12, 2000 12:00:01 AM