China base

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

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.

Bill Gertz cov­ers the Pen­tagon. He can be reached at 202/636-3274 or at bgertz@wash­ing­ton­times.com.

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