DF-15 (CSS-6) Short-Range Ballistic Missile

The DF-15 (Dong Feng-15; export name: M-9; NATO reporting name: CSS-6) is a road-mobile, conventionally-armed, single-stage, solid-fuelled short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) system developed by Academy of Aerospace Solid Propulsion Technology (AASPT, or 4th Academy) of the China Aerospace Science & Technology Corporation (CASC) consortium. The missile first entered PLA service in the late 1980s and played a key role during the 1995/96 Taiwan Strait Crisis.

From “Carrier Killer” to “Guam Express”

In the 3 September Victory Day Military Parade in Beijing that marked the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII, the Second Artillery Corps (SAC) of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) formed six formations in the ground mobile column, featuring seven models of its DF — “Dong Feng” family of theatre and strategic missiles. These missiles cover all categories of the Second Artillery Corp’s current inventory, ranging from short to intercontinental range, from ballistic to cruise missiles, and from nuclear to conventionally armed.