DF-3A (CSS-2)

Operator: Saudi Arabia
Status: In Service
Number: 20 – 120 (Estimates vary)
Cost: $3 – $3.5 billion
Acquired: June 1990 (first delivery) (the deal was signed in late 1980s)
General Specs:
Country of origin: China
Manufacturer: China
Introduced: 1970
Class: Intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM)
Range: 1555-2175 miles (2.500-3,500 km)
Warhead: Single high explosive warhead (2,150 kg) – nuclear capable
Weight: 141,095.85 lbs (64,000 kg)
Length: 69.6 ft (21.2 m)
Diameter: 7.4 ft (2.25 m)
Propellant: liquid fueled
Guidance System: Inertial navigation system
Accuracy: <1.2 miles (2 km)
Launch Platform: Permanent launch site or portable launch stand


The Mideast Missile Race

Saudi Arabia’s rulers capped a large military exercise on Tuesday by publicly parading their ballistic missiles for the first time. The King of Bahrain, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Kuwait’s Defense Minister and the Pakistani Chief of Army Staff were also in attendance, according to Jane’s Defense Weekly. Don’t think they weren’t trying to […]

Saudi Arabia Said to Have Bought Nukes From Pakistan

Saudi Arabia may be prepared to field nuclear bombs it has purchased from Pakistan in response to Iran’s alleged military nuclear program, and may already have deployed missile systems capable of delivering the bombs, the BBC reported on Wednesday. According to Mark Urban, diplomatic and defense editor for the BBC’sNewsnight, there are suggestions that the Saudis have […]