DF-3  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1972
Maiden Flight: 1967
Total Production: 100
Also Known As: CSS-2 East Wind and DF-3A
Origin: China
Parent System: DF-3
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1972
Maiden Flight: 1967
Total Production: 100
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Description: The DF-3, CSS-2 Western designation, is a single stage, liquid-fueled, silo-based intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM) developed in China. Its development started in the late 1950s achieving initial operational capability with the People's Liberation Army (PLA) by 1972. The DF-3 missile represents the second generation of Chinese ballistic missiles. It has a maximum range of more than 3,000 kilometers, is nuclear capable, and can carry as many as three nukes. PLA deployed more than 100 missiles with their primary target being US bases in the Philippines. The missile equipped with a conventional warhead was exported to Saudi Arabia in 1987. As of early 2008, the US Intelligence community estimate is that the PLA retains 15 to 20 DF-3s with five to ten launchers.

DF-3 Applications


Offensive Weapons DF-4

DF-3 Specifications

Number of Stages: 1
Number of Warheads: 3
Dimensions
Diameter: 2.25 meter (89 inch)
Length: 24 meter (945 inch)
Performance
CEP: 4,000 meter
Max Range: 3,000 kilometer (1,620 nautical mile)
Time
SetUp Time: 150 minute (9,000 second)
Weight
Warhead: 2,000 kilogram (4,409 pound)
Yield
Yield: 700 kiloton
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
Pound (lb)   Kilogram (kg)   kN (KiloNewton)   Ton (t)
Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
Year (yr)   Minutes (min)   Second (sec)
Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
China100
YearHoldings
20102015 to 20 missiles with 5 to 10 launchers
Mar 20082015 to 20 missiles with 5 to 10 launchers
Saudi Arabia100
Ballistic Missiles bought in the late 1980s and retired in the 2010s

Grand Total 2002
 
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