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DF-2A
Part of R-12 Family
Chinese intermediate range ballistic missile. Extended-range version of DF-2. The missile featured reduced thrust, but 20% more range, and used autonomous gyroscopic guidance in place of the DF-2's radio system.

AKA: Dong-Feng 2A. Status: Retired 1966. First Launch: 1965-11-01. Last Launch: 1966-10-27. Number: 2 . Payload: 1,500 kg (3,300 lb). Gross mass: 31,900 kg (70,300 lb). Height: 20.61 m (67.61 ft). Diameter: 1.65 m (5.41 ft). Span: 2.13 m (6.98 ft). Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

Maximum range: 1,250 km (770 mi). Number Standard Warheads: 1. Warhead yield: 20 KT. CEP: 3.71 km (2.30 mi). Boost Propulsion: Storable liquid rocket. Initial Operational Capability: 1970. Total Number Built: 50.



Family: IRBM. Country: China. Launch Sites: Jiuquan, Jiuquan LA3. Stages: DF-2A-1. Agency: CALT.

1964 October 16 - . LV Family: R-12. Launch Vehicle: DF-2A.
  • First Chinese atomic bomb tested. - . Nation: China. Program: Long March. The warhead had a yield of 20 kilotons..

1964 November 4 - . LV Family: R-12. Launch Vehicle: DF-2A.
  • Go-ahead for DF-2A. - . Nation: China. Related Persons: Tsien. Program: Long March. Decision to proceed with DF-2A extended range version of DF-2.

November 1965 - . Launch Site: Jiuquan. Launch Complex: Jiuquan LA3. LV Family: R-12. Launch Vehicle: DF-2A.
  • First successful test of DF-2A. - . Nation: China. Agency: PRC. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi). First launch of redesigned DF-2. The flight demonstrated a 20% improvement in range for the same 1500 kg payload, and replaced the radio guidance of the DF-2 with an autonoumous gyroscopic system..

1966 October 27 - . Launch Site: Jiuquan. Launch Complex: Jiuquan LA3. LV Family: R-12. Launch Vehicle: DF-2A.
  • Nuclear test - . Nation: China. Agency: PRC. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

    DF-2A launched with a 1290 kg, 12 kt warhead from Jiuquan flew over a range of 800 km to Lop Nor, where the warhead successfully exploded. The Ninth Academy was responsible for development of the nuclear package. Tsien protégé Guo Yonghuai was the liaison between the Fifth and Ninth Academies for the development.



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