Chinese military hardware attracts greater international attention at air show
China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation Limited (CASIC) showcased a new type of anti-ship ballistic missile at the Airshow China 2018 in Zhuhai, South China’s Guangdong Province on Tuesday, which an expert says has the potential to destroy a hostile ship with one hit.
Codenamed CM-401, the weapon system is a new type of hypersonic ballistic anti-ship missile that can reach as fast as Mach 6, according to a description the company released at the air show.
It can be launched into a nearspace trajectory and is capable of hypersonic maneuverable flight throughout the course, the description said.
Upon reaching above its target, the CM-401 can conduct a terminal diving attack at extremely high velocity, it said.
The missile can deliver rapid and precise strikes on medium to large vessels, vessel formations and port targets, the description said.
A military expert who asked not to be named told the Global Times on Tuesday that the weapon has the potential of destroying a hostile vessel with one hit.
Once it begins to dive, it is very difficult to intercept because of its hypersonic velocity, the expert said. Chinese military and aeronautic equipment exhibited at the air show in Zhuhai, South China’s Guangdong Province has increasingly attracted attention from international buyers.
The 12th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition 2018, also known as Airshow China 2018, kicked off on Tuesday in Zhuhai.
This year’s exhibition has more international buyers on
China also has the DF-21D and DF-26 ballistic missiles capable of targeting moving targets at sea. opening day than the previous show, several arms producers said.
Some of the military equipment which received the most attention from international buyers are the CM-400AKG and CM-401 missiles, Zhu Andong, a staff member of the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation, told the Global Times on Tuesday.
The CM-400AKG air-toground missile is a supersonic missile meant to strike build-
China has already mastered the difficult technique of anti-ship ballistic missiles, he said, noting that ings and radar sites. The CM401 is a high supersonic ballistic anti-ship missile mainly used to attack medium-to-largesized ships. Those products are increasingly appealing to buyers from other countries due to their high performance-to-price ratio, Zhu said.
One of the other best-selling items at the air show is the Rainbow series of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), Wang Yongzhi, the technical expert of the Rainbow series, told the even the US and Russia do not have a similar weapon in service.
Such missiles need to change their trajectory to meet the moving ship, which is hard to achieve as the missiles fly very fast and the target could be moving unpredictably, the expert explained.
The CM-401 can be launched by various platforms and reach as far as 290 kilometers, the company said.
It can be launched using a landbased vehicle, according to a static display at the air show.
It can also be launched by a ship, according to an illustration the company released.
The missile is for sale to other countries, a company representative told the Global Times on Tuesday at the show.
The anonymous expert said that putting the weapon on sale indicates that China’s own technology is far more advanced and that China has the means to defend against it.
By purchasing the weapon, the country will possess greater deterrence against hostile sea attacks, especially from large vessels like aircraft carriers, he noted.
Aside from the CM-401, CASIC is also displaying another anti-ship missile weapon system featuring the YJ-12E (CM-302) supersonic antiship missile and the C602, C802A/ CM-802B and C705 subsonic antiship missile. Global Times on Tuesday.
He said that the UAVs have attracted more attention from international buyers in this year’s exhibition.
Wang said aside from almost all of the previous buyers during the last air show, the Rainbow series has also attracted new foreign consumers on the opening day of this year’s exhibition.
The Rainbow series was developed by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corpo- ration (CASC).
A statement released by CASC on Tuesday said the company signed 32 cooperation agreements worth 45.3 billion yuan ($6.6 billion) on the opening day.
Over 100 Chinese and foreign entrepreneurs participated in the signing ceremony, the statement said.
China’s J-10B fighter jet performs at the Airshow China 2018 in Zhuhai, South China’s Guangdong Province on Tuesday. Two J-10 fighter jets of the August 1 aerobatics team fly over the exhibition hall of the Airshow China 2018 on Tuesday. China’s J-10B fighter jet performs at the Airshow China 2018 in Zhuhai, South China’s Guangdong Province on Tuesday.