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DF-3



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DF-3
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Test of low drag Chinese re-entry vehicle, 1998.
Credit: Richard D. Fisher, Jr
Chinese intermediate range ballistic missile. The DF-3 project began in 1964 with the objective of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the Philippines (earlier referred to as the DF-1).

Success Rate: 100.00%. Launch data is: incomplete. Standard warhead: 2,140 kg (4,710 lb). Maximum range: 2,660 km (1,650 mi). Number Standard Warheads: 1. Warhead yield: 3,300 KT. CEP: 0.87 km (0.54 mi). Boost Propulsion: Storable liquid rocket, Nitric acid+N2O4 (AK-27)/UDMH. Initial Operational Capability: 1971. Total Number Built: 90.

AKA: DF-1 (before 1964); CSS-2; Dong-Feng 3; Dun-2.
Status: Retired 2002?.
Gross mass: 64,000 kg (141,000 lb).
Payload: 2,140 kg (4,710 lb).
Height: 23.99 m (78.70 ft).
Diameter: 2.25 m (7.38 ft).
Span: 2.74 m (8.98 ft).
Thrust: 1,224.00 kN (275,166 lbf).
Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).
First Launch: 1966.12.26.
Last Launch: 2001.08.21.
Number: 12 .

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Associated Countries
See also
  • DF-3 The DF-3 project began in 1964 with the objective of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the Philippines (earlier referred to as the DF-1). More...
  • missile Guided self-propelled military weapon (as opposed to rocket, an unguided self-propelled weapon). More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • CALT Chinese manufacturer of rockets, spacecraft, and rocket engines. China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, Beijing, China. More...

Bibliography
  • McDowell, Jonathan, Jonathan's Space Home Page (launch records), Harvard University, 1997-present. Web Address when accessed: here.
  • Chang, Iris, Thread of the Silkworm, Basic Books, New York, 1995.
  • Natural Resources Defense Council, Nuclear Weapons Databook 5: British, French and Chinese Nuclear Weapons, Ballinger Publishing, 1990.

Associated Launch Sites
  • Jiuquan China's first launch center, also known as Shuang Cheng Tzu. Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre, situated at 100 degrees East, 41 degrees North, is located in the Jiuquan Region, Gansu province, north-western China. It was China's first ballistic missile and satellite launch centre. More...
  • Harbin Military testing range. In use from 1967 to present. More...

Associated Stages
  • CZ-YF-2 Nitric acid/UDMH propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 64,100/4,100 kg. Thrust 1,224.58 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 268 seconds. More...

DF-3 Chronology


1960 November 14 - . LV Family: DF-3. Launch Vehicle: DF-3.
  • DF-3 ICBM development begun. - . Nation: China. Related Persons: Tsien. Program: Long March. Tsien appoints himself head of the DF-3 project - a quantum leap to build a 10,000 km range liquid oxygen/kerosene propellant intercontinental ballistic missile. The objective proves much too ambitious and is eventually cancelled. It is the last missile project Tsien is allowed to manage.

1966 December 26 - . Launch Site: Jiuquan. Launch Complex: Jiuquan LA2A. LV Family: DF-3. Launch Vehicle: DF-3.
  • Test mission - . Nation: China. Agency: MAI. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1967 Jan - . Launch Site: Jiuquan. Launch Complex: Jiuquan LA2A. Launch Vehicle: DF-3. LV Configuration: DF-3 601602?.
  • R&D - . Nation: China. Agency: MAI. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1967 May 26 - . Launch Site: Jiuquan. Launch Complex: Jiuquan LA2A. Launch Vehicle: DF-3.
  • R&D - . Nation: China. Agency: MAI. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1967 June 10 - . Launch Site: Jiuquan. Launch Complex: Jiuquan LA2A. Launch Vehicle: DF-3.
  • R&D - . Nation: China. Agency: MAI. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1968 December 18 - . Launch Site: Harbin. Launch Vehicle: DF-3. LV Configuration: DF-3 602801.
  • R&D batch 02 - . Nation: China. Agency: MAI. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1969 - . Launch Site: Harbin. LV Family: DF-3. Launch Vehicle: DF-3.
  • Test mission - . Nation: China. Agency: MAI. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1974 June 26 - . Launch Site: Harbin. Launch Vehicle: DF-3. LV Configuration: DF-3 702009.
  • - . Nation: China. Agency: MAI. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1974 Nov - . Launch Site: Jiuquan. Launch Vehicle: DF-3.
  • Reentry wake test - . Nation: China. Agency: MAI. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1974 Dec - . Launch Site: Jiuquan. Launch Vehicle: DF-3.
  • Reentry wake test - . Nation: China. Agency: MAI. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1982 - . Launch Site: Jiuquan. Launch Vehicle: DF-3.
  • Long life test - . Nation: China. Agency: MAI. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1982 - . Launch Site: Jiuquan. Launch Vehicle: DF-3.
  • Long life test - . Nation: China. Agency: MAI. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

2001 August 21 - . Launch Site: Jiuquan. Launch Vehicle: DF-3.
  • - . Nation: China. Agency: MAI. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

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