The land-based mobile-launch Dongfeng-25 (DF-25 or East Wind 25) is a a two-stage solid-fuel missile with a range of 1,700 kilometers. While the ranges of DF-25 and DF-21 are approximately the same, the nuclear-tipped DF-21 has a throw-weight of 600kg, compared to the conventionally armed DF-25's 2,000kg. The DF-25 is derived by removing the third stage from the three-stage DF-31 and substituting a modified second stage. Potential missions of the DF-25 include providing rapid fire support over long distances to defend the Nansha Islands in the South China Sea.
In 1996 it was reported that China had abandoned development of the DF-25, even though it had been anticipated to enter service in the 1996 timeframe. This report was apparently correct, since there have subsequently been no indications of the development or deployment of this system.
A 1993 report suggesting that the DF-25 may have been a joint project with Iran has remained unconfirmed. Again in April 1997 it was reported that Iran was involved with both the Chinese M-18 missile program [known as the Tondar-68 in Iran] and DF-25, which China had abandoned in 1996.
On 02 July 2001 the PRC-owned Hong Kong Tai Yang Pao claimed that the PLA will deploy medium- and long-range [Dongfeng-3A and Dongfeng-25A] missiles on strategic highways and railroad locomotives.
|Contractor||Academy of Rocket Motors Technology - ARMT|
|Operator||Second Artillery Corps|
|Re-entry Vehicle Mass (kg)||2,000|
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