The CSS -6 is a mobile, land-based short-range ballistic missile of the People's Republic of China. The Chinese armed forces, the rocket is called DF -15 or Dongfeng 15 The export designation is M- ninth
The development of the CSS -6 by the design office CASC began in 1985. The first test flight took place in 1987. The first rockets were handed over to the People's Liberation Army in the spring of 1989. It emerged the following variants:
- DF -15: First production version introduced in 1989 range of 580 km..
- DF -15A: Second production version introduced in 1990 range of 600 km..
- DF -15B: Third production version introduced in 1999 With GPS steering system..
- DF -15C: Improved DF -15B radar final stages steering system.
- M-9: Export variant of the DF -15A.
The DF- 15 is a single-stage solid-propellant rocket. The later versions DF- 15B and DF -15C are two-stage rocket. The missiles are accommodated on the terrain TAS5450 or WS2400 -8 × 8 trucks. The system is mobile and rapidly deployable. There is a minimum response time of the trip reaches up to Raketenverschuss of 15-20 minutes. Each vehicle is equipped with a DF -15 rocket. The DF -15 missile can be fitted with a selection of different warheads:
- Nuclear warhead
- Fragmentation warhead
- Bomblets ( submunitions )
- EMP warhead
- People's Republic of China People's Republic of China: 90-110 350-400 rockets and launch vehicles
- Libya Libya: 140 missiles ( unconfirmed)
- Pakistan Pakistan: Number unknown
- Syria Syria: 80 missiles via Libya received (unconfirmed)
The CSS -6 was used more than once for a demonstration of power on the part of the People's Republic of China. So between the 21 to 23 July 1995, a total of six CSS -6 missiles were fired off the coast of Taiwan. Another show of force at the same time as four CSS -6 were fired off the coast of Taiwan, in March 1996.
- JANE 'S STRATEGIC WEAPON SYSTEMS Edition 2003 Jane's Publishing