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Dalong [Ta-ling] - 403 Brigade
2639'N 11402'E

The Dalong [Ta-ling] Launch Complex, opposite Taiwan, operated the liquid-fuel DF-3 missiles during the 1970s and 1980s. Since no US bases remain in the Philippines, and the shorter-range DF-21 ballistic missiles which can strike Taiwan are deployed with the 52 Army [located in Eastern China], the need for the DF-3 has significantly diminished, and this system will be retired sometime after 2000.

The facility is headquarters for one of the three launch brigades, each with up to three launch battalions, subordinated to the Second Artillery Corps 80305 Unit, a Division headquartered in the remote western Hunan provincial city of Huaihua.

Photographic Evaluation Report

High resolution imagery is only available from declassified CORONA imagery for negation. As of 08 April 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 CARTERRAT Archive.




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