The DF-14 program, initiated in October 1973, was to be a two-stage storable liquid propellant missile capable of delivering a 700kg payload over 8,000km. The relatively small DF-14 was intended to be road-mobile, with a rapid targeting fire control system. The DF-14 program was delayed in September 1975 by the higher priority DF-4 and DF-5 programs. And on 31 August 1978 the DF-14 resumed under the new name DF-22 [also known as Project 202]. However in 1984 the Central Military Commission ordered a shift from liquid to solid rocketry and a slowdown of the DF14/22 project, based in part on the breakthrough in large-diameter solid rocket motors achieved in December 1993. By the beginning of 1995 the DF-14/22 was cancelled, ending China's liquid-propellant ballistic missile development efforts.
Sources and Resources
- "China's Ballistic Missile Programs Technologies, Strategies, Goals" by John Wilson Lewis and Hua Di, International Security, Fall 1992 [vol. 17 no. 2]
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