DF-3A

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DF-3A/CSS-2(US)
Type IRBM
Place of origin China
Service history
In service 1971-present
Used by China, Saudi Arabia
Specifications
Warhead Nuclear, possibly 3 @ 50-100 Kt[1]

Engine liquid fueled
Operational
range
Up to 3,300 km[2]
Guidance
system
Inertial and celestial guidance

The DF-3A is a Chinese liquid-fueled, single-stage, medium-range nuclear ballistic missile that entered service in 1971. DF-3A is the oldest missile in China's inventory and is nearing retirement after four decades of service.[3]

In 1987 China sold several dozen (reportedly between 36 and 60) outmoded DF-3 missiles to Saudi Arabia, with conventional warheads.[4] Saudi Arabia publicly displayed them for the first time in 2014.[5]

History[edit]

Deployment of the missile began in 1971[1] reaching a peak of 110 by 1984, then shrinking to 50 in 1993.[citation needed] It is estimated by the U.S. DoD that there are 17 missiles and 10 launchers in operation as of 2010 under a single brigade.[3] The DF-21 will replace these missiles as they retire.

Users[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "DF-3A / CSS-2". Federation of American Scientists. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China 2013". Office of the Secretary of Defense (U.S. Department of Defense): 81. 2013. http://www.defense.gov/pubs/2013_china_report_final.pdf. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  3. ^ a b Chinese nuclear forces, 2010. Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.
  4. ^ Mark Urban (6 November 2013). "Saudi nuclear weapons 'on order' from Pakistan". BBC. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Saudi Arabia unveils part of strategic missile force - a deterrent move against Iran?". Defense Update. 2 May 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 

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Preceded by
DF-3
DF-3A Succeeded by
DF-4