‘World’s best’ anti-ship missile a show-stopper
China’s largest missilemaker is promoting what it calls “the world’s best antiship missile” for sales in the international market.
China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp, one of the main defense equipment suppliers in the nation, is marketing its CM-302 supersonic anti-ship cruise missile to nations hoping to improve their naval capabilities.
CM-302 is the best antiship missile available on the world’s arms market and “it’s not an exaggeration”, said Lyu Xiaoge, spokesman for the State-owned defense technology giant, who spoke to China Daily on the sidelines of the 2016 Zhuhai Airshow.
The justification for the statement is that the missile can fly at supersonic speeds during its entire 290-kilometer trajectory, and it can be mounted on ships, aircraft or ground vehicles. It can be used to knock out land targets as well, Lyu said.
Offerings from competitors do not have such advantages, Lyu said. “They can be supersonic only during one certain part of the flight and can’t be mounted on multiple platforms.”
Only two other supersonic anti-ship missiles are available in the market: Russia’s P-800 Oniks, also known as the SS-N-26 Strobile, and BrahMos, a joint development by Russia and India.
The most widely sold antiship missiles are the United States’ Harpoon series, which have a maximum range of 280 km, the first of which entered into service in the 1970s, according to Cao Weidong, a researcher with the People’s Liberation Army Naval Military Studies Research Institute.
Lyu said market research shows that “many nations” need potent weapons like the CM-302 to beef up their maritime defenses.
The missile, designed for export, resembles the YJ-12 heavy-duty, supersonic antiship cruise missile that made its debut at the V-Day military parade in Beijing in September of last year.
China Aerospace Science and Industry’s CM-302 will be marketed to countries wanting to improve their navies.