Hans A. Kristensen of the Federation of American Scientists Nuclear Information Project has found a hidden Chinese nuclear missile base using commercial satellite photos.
The missile deployments were spotted in Delingha, central China and analysis of the GoogleEarth images revealed the Second Ar tiller y Corps 812 Brigade Base with DF-4 intermediate-range mobile and silobased missiles, and DF-21 medium-range nuclear missiles.
“The region has long been rumored to house nuclear missiles and some details have emerged in recent years, but the new analysis reveals a significantly larger deployment area than previously known to the public, different types of launch pads, command and control facilities, and missile deployment equipment at a large facility in downtown Delingha,” Mr. Kristensen said in a statement.
The photos led to identification of 58 launch pads of four basic designs, several of which have been added since 2005.
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