New Chinese cruise missile
China’s newest long-range strategic cruise missile is based on a Ukrainian cruise missile built for the Soviet Union and covertly transferred to China, according an Australian think tank.
The mobile DH-10 long-range cruise missile was first disclosed by Chinese Internet sites during practice for the Oct. 1 60th-anniversary military parade in Beijing, according to a report by Martin Andrew and Carlo Kopp posted in their Internet site Air Power Australia (www.ausairpower.net).
The missile, also known as the Chang Jian-10 or Long Sword10, has been under development for years, and as of September 2009, 50 to 250 missiles had been deployed on 20 to 30 road-mobile triple-barreled launchers, the report says.
The new missile has an estimated range of 930 miles to 1,240 miles.
The report notes that the DH10 is a land-based version of the Kh-55 air-launched cruise missile, several of which were transferred in 2000 from Ukraine to China; China was able to reverseengineer the missile.
“The missile uses both GLONASS and GPS satellite systems for guidance, with four different types of warheads available; a heavy variant weighing 500 kilograms, and three, 350kilogram variants: high explosive blast, submunition and earth penetrator,” the report says.
The authors stated that China’s development of three types of intermediate-range missiles — the DH-10, the C-602 long-range cruise missile and the satelliteguided DF-15D intermediaterange ballistic missile — is one reason Russia would like to scrap the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty. The INF treaty required the destruction of U.S. Pershing and Gryphon missiles and required Russia to scrap its SS-4, SS-5, SS-12, SS-23, SS-20 and SSC-X-4 missiles.