Yongan and Nanping in Fujian province are missile firing positions that were used when the People's Liberation Army (PLA) fired DF-15 / M-9 [CSS-6] missiles into the sea off Taiwan during the 1996 Taiwan Strait Crisis. Yongan and Nanping have direct railway links with the headquarters of the 815th ballistic missile brigade of the PLA in Jiangxi Province's Leping, and three to four hours would be required to transport missiles from Leping to Yongan via railway.
Photographic Evaluation Report
High resolution imagery is only available from declassified CORONA imagery for negation. As of 01 May 2000 Russian 2-meter resolution KVR-1000 imagery coverage was not available via the SPIN-2 service on TerraServer, nor was archival Space Imaging IKONOS 1-meter imagery available on the CARTERRA™ Archive. The single IKONOS image of this area, acquired on 22 April 2000, was entirely cloud-covered.
Sources and Resources
- MND plays down missile site report The Taipei Times December 1st, 1999 -- The defense ministry has clarified media speculation, saying China is just building up its arsenal, not constructing new missile sites. Yongan and Nanping have direct railway links with the headquarters of the 815th ballistic missile brigade of the PLA in Jiangxi Province's Leping . It takes just three to four hours to transport missiles from Leping to Yongan via railway.
- Mainland reportedly sites missiles in southeast Taiwan News December 1, 1999 -- China's southeastern Fujian province, rather than the southwestern Sichuan and central Shaanxi provinces, is the launch site of the mainland's newest short range ballistic missiles. The estimate contrasted earlier speculation by the Washington Times that mainland China has deployed the M-11 missiles in Sichuan and Shaanxi.
Maintained by Robert Sherman
Originally created by John Pike
Updated Friday, May 12, 2000 12:00:01 AM