New mis­sile can serve all-pur­pose role in air de­fense, de­signer says

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By ZHAO LEI zhaolei@chi­

Any na­tion seek­ing an ef­fec­tive, re­li­able and af­ford­able air-de­fense weapon would be wise to con­sider a Chinese mis­sile sys­tem ca­pa­ble of in­ter­cept­ing all types of air threats, a se­nior mis­sile de­signer said.

The de­signer at China Aero­space Sci­ence and In­dus­try Corp’s Se­cond Acad­emy, who asked to be iden­ti­fied as Wang, said the FM-3000 medi­um­range air-de­fense mis­sile sys­tem is able to de­tect and bring down all air threats in­clud­ing fighter jets, he­li­copters, com­bat drones and cruise mis­siles that en­ter its de­fense perime­ter.

“The FM-3000 is the best of its kind in the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket in terms of over­all ca­pa­bil­i­ties. The model is stronger than its ri­vals in the mar­ket and has a com­pet­i­tive price. It has been rec­og­nized in the mar­ket, and sev­eral coun­tries have ex­pressed strong in­ter­est in it,” Wang said.

CASIC is China’s largest mis­sile-maker, and its Se­cond Acad­emy is the na­tion’s ma­jor de­vel­oper of air-de­fense sys­tems.

Wang said the FM-3000 is par­tic­u­larly suit­able for de­fense against pre­ci­sion guided mu­ni­tions such as airto-ground tac­ti­cal mis­siles and laser-guided bombs, adding that it’s an ideal weapon for safe­guard­ing strate­gi­cally im­por­tant re­gions such as na­tional cap­i­tals or places with key as­sets.

“Armed con­flicts in re­cent years show that pre­ci­sion guided mu­ni­tions have be­come the main threat to de­fense, which un­der­scores the ne­ces­sity of a mo­bile, ca­pa­ble and re­li­able air-de­fense sys­tem like our FM-3000,” he said.

First shown to the pub­lic at the 10th China In­ter­na­tional Avi­a­tion and Aero­space Ex­hi­bi­tion in Zhuhai, Guang­dong prov­ince, in 2014, the FM-3000 has been taken to sev­eral do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional arms shows. It was re­cently dis­played at the Fifth In­ter­na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion of Weapons Sys­tems and Mil­i­tary Equip­ment in As­tana, Kaza­khstan, in late May.

Ac­cord­ing to the Se­cond Acad­emy, each FM-3000 unit con­sists of four launch ve­hi­cles. Each ve­hi­cle car­ries eight mis­siles. An FM-3000 mis­sile has a range of more than 30 kilo­me­ters.

The sys­tem fea­tures a host of ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies, such as a three-di­men­sional ro­tary phased ar­ray radar, Wang said, ex­plain­ing that the mul­ti­func­tional radar is ca­pa­ble of not only scan­ning 360 de­grees but also track­ing tar­gets and then guid­ing mis­siles to their tar­gets.

Thanks to the mis­sile’s abil­ity to turn quickly, as well as its ac­tive guid­ance tech­nol­ogy, anti-jam­ming ca­pa­bil­ity and its radar’s rapid-re­sponse ca­pac­ity, each com­bat unit can han­dle 32 in­com­ing tar­gets from dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions within a short time.

More­over, be­cause each launch ve­hi­cle has all the equip­ment needed in an aird­e­fense op­er­a­tion and has its own elec­tri­cal power ap­pa­ra­tus, it can op­er­ate in­de­pen­dently or work with other ve­hi­cles to form a net­work, giv­ing flex­i­bil­ity in de­ploy­ment, Wang said.

The de­signer said en­gi­neers at the Se­cond Acad­emy con­tinue to im­prove and up­grade the FM-3000, and the mis­sile’s test fir­ings de­liv­ered “good re­sults”.

Wang Yanan, ed­i­tor-in-chief of Aero­space Knowl­edge magazine, said China has de­vel­oped a large fam­ily of ad­vanced air-de­fense mis­siles and has put them into the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket, en­abling po­ten­tial users to es­tab­lish a pow­er­ful air-de­fense sys­tem.

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