New Chi­nese cruise mis­sile

The Washington Times Weekly - - National Security -

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.

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