‘World’s best’ anti-ship mis­sile a show-stop­per

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By ZHAO LEI in Zhuhai zhaolei@chi­nadaily.com.cn

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.

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China Aero­space Sci­ence and In­dus­try’s CM-302 will be mar­keted to coun­tries want­ing to im­prove their navies.

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