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Daishan Airbase

This airfield, located on Dai Shan Island, is almost certainly a military airbase. Daishan is reportedly one of six airbases operated by the PLA Navy Flight Unit, subordinated to the East Sea Fleet headquartered at Ningbo.

Unlike most Chinese airfields, Daishan consists of two runways -- one long runway that spans east to west, and a shorter runway branching off at about a 45 degree angle to the long one. Based on CORONA imagery, about eight revetted hardstands are connected to the main runway via three taxiways. Considering that each revetment may be able to hold up to three combat aircraft, this base could support up to 24 of these aircraft. Along the shorter runway and the western part of the long runway, there appear to be at least 20 alert hardstands. No obvious weapons storage areas are evident; however, in the southern, middle part of the base (below the main taxiway), there is a cluster of buildings that might house weapons.

Photographic Evaluation Report

High resolution imagery is available from declassified CORONA imagery, as well as from Space Imaging (archive image from 02/18/03.)

Daishan Airbase
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NGA Tactical Pilotage Chart of Daishan Airbase and surrounding area. (Source: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency)

NGA Tactical Pilotage Chart of Daishan (Source: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency)

Ikonos browse imagery of Daishan Airbase and surrounding area (Source: Space Imaging, 02/18/03)

Daishan Airbase (Source: Space Imaging, 02/18/03)

NGA VMAP of Daishan Airbase and surrounding area (Source: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency)

Corona imagery of Dai Shan island (Source: KH-4 Corona Imagery (Declassified))

Corona imagery of Daishan and surrounding area (Source: KH-4 Corona Imagery (Declassified))

Corona imagery of Daishan and surrounding area (Source: KH-4 Corona Imagery (Declassified))

Corona imagery of Daishan and surrounding area (Source: KH-4 Corona Imagery (Declassified))

Corona imagery of Daishan and surrounding area (Source: KH-4 Corona Imagery (Declassified))



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