Al Sulayyil ballistic missile base

Al Sulayyil ballistic missile base
Part of Saudi Arabian Armed Forces
Al Sulayyil ballistic missile base is located in Saudi Arabia
Al Sulayyil ballistic missile base
Al Sulayyil ballistic missile base
Coordinates20°42′57″N 45°34′54″E / 20.71583°N 45.58167°E / 20.71583; 45.58167
TypeBallistic missile base
Site information
OwnerR.S. Missile Defense
Controlled by Saudi Arabia
Site history
Built1987 (1987)

The Al Sulayyil ballistic missile base is a Saudi ballistic missile facility near the town of Al-Sulayyil, 450 km southwest of the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh.[1] [2] Constructed between 1987-1988, it is the first missile base of the Kingdom.

Location and layout

Al-Sulayyil RSSMF base was built in low mountain terrain at coordinates: 20°43′07″N 45°35′01″E / 20.71861°N 45.58361°E / 20.71861; 45.58361. The base houses two missile garrisons (a north and a south), with a third area providing housing, maintenance, and administrative functions. The garrisons themselves are located a short distance apart within a secured complex. The administrative and support complexes are outside the security perimeter to the south.[3] The missile garrisons have parking slots for mobile launchers and two large launch pads that are identical to ones that can be seen at Chinese DF-3 (CSS-2) Dongfeng missile bases. The liquid-fueled DF-3A is an early Chinese nuclear intermediate-range ballistic missile bought by Saudi Arabia in 1987 and is believed to have a range of 4,000 - 5,000 km, with a 2,000 kg warhead.[4]

See also


  1. ^ Ronen Bergman - GlobalSecurity Org. "Al Sulayyil Missile Base"
  2. ^ "". Archived from the original on 2015-12-22. Retrieved 2013-09-28.
  3. ^ GlobalSecurity Org. photos "Imagery of Al Sulayyil Missile Base Launch Complex Area"
  4. ^ SinoDefence "DongFeng 3 (CSS-2) Intermediate-Range Ballistic Missile" Archived 2013-08-14 at the Wayback Machine, sinodefence, 27 February 2009.
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