China tested a new air-to-surface missile to attack ground targets and ships

BEIJING, (BM) – The new [ASM] air-to-surface missile [or air-to-ground missile AGM – ed.] for helicopters has been successfully tested in China, learned citing the South China Morning Post report on July 18.

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It is noted that the new weapon was tested in a desert area in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region at the end of June. The name and specifications have not been disclosed to the public.

“The missile, whose name and specifications were not revealed, is a stand-off weapon, meaning it can be launched from a distance sufficient to allow attacking personnel to evade defensive fire. With its multiple guided systems, long range and capability to evade jamming, the missile is the first of its kind for China’s military” the report said. [Source: South China Morning Post]

The weapons developer is the China Institute of Helicopter Engineering, a subsidiary of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China. It is reported that the project was postponed due to the coronavirus epidemic, but now the company intends to complete all tests.

Once fully functional, this missile can replace the AKD-9 and AKD-10 anti-tank missiles, as well as the YJ-9 anti-ship missile. Experts say that it can be used on various types of equipment and thus resembles the American AGM-114 Hellfire.

China has no practice of providing better information about its new weapons systems. Since we know little about China’s new air-to-surface missile, let’s take a look at some key features of the US AGM-114 Hellfire missile to gain a clearer picture of its eastern counterpart.

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The AGM-114 Hellfire series is large one, but based on the fact that the Chinese army has tested its missile from a helicopter, it is most likely a B version of the American missile, ie. AGM-114B Hellfire.

According to official data [Source:] the AGM-114B variant was created for the United States Navy and Marine Corps aviation. The missile was equipped with a low-smoke engine and a combat platoon device, necessary for use on ships.

At the same time, research was being carried out on the topic of an alternative GOS. Variants of a dual-mode radar / infrared system, thermal imaging and millimeter-wave radar were being worked out.

According to some reports, the radar / infrared seeker was created and tested, but the program did not receive further development. Work on the thermal imaging and millimeter radar seeker was financed by the US Army as part of the Hellfire program, but only work on the MMRLGSN was continued.

The AGM-11B was created as a multi-purpose, capable of hitting targets with high accuracy, effective against tanks, bunkers and fortifications.

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Going back to the Chinese equivalent, Hong Kong military expert Song Zhongping believes that such an option by China’s air force will allow the eastern side to deal without problems with ground targets, armored vehicles, and in some cases, warships.

“An all-purpose munition could speed up the response and also largely improve its overall combat capability,” he said.

What new weapons technology has emerged in China since the last military parade last year?

As we have already clarified, it is very difficult to obtain up-to-date information on what China is currently developing as a weapon technology. However, in May this year, we announced that China had already begun testing a new unmanned helicopter – AR500C.

The device AR500C was developed by the Chinese state corporation AVIC (Aviation Industry Corporation of China). The first flight took place at the base in Poyang (Jiangxi Province, East China). Tests included several types of maneuvers, including hovering, movement in horizontal and vertical planes.

“The test flight of the AR500C occurred at a time when tensions on the border between China and India intensified,” said the Chinese publication Global Times.

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The developers claim that the practical ceiling of the AR500C reaches 6,700 meters. The drone can be in the air for up to five hours. Its maximum speed is 170 km / h. The maximum take-off weight is 500 kg.

The main purpose of an unmanned helicopter is reconnaissance and relay communications. But, as representatives of AVIC indicate, when equipped with additional equipment, the device can perform electronic warfare tasks, strike at ground targets, monitor nuclear and chemical pollution, and deliver cargo.

In November this year, China plans to introduce to the world its new subsonic stealth bomber Xian H-20

The advent of the H-20 could complete the creation of China’s “nuclear triad” of intercontinental ballistic missiles, missiles from submarines and weapons launched from the air.

According to the South China Morning Post, the bomber was designed to strike at the second ring of the islands – American bases in Japan, Guam, the Philippines and other countries.

It is expected that the bomber will be armed with four powerful supersonic invisible missiles, and its own speed will be 1,000 kilometers per hour.

A source at the South China Morning Post said Beijing is still considering when to launch a bomber, since its appearance could change the balance of power in the region and cause additional stress, which has already increased due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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China is already a more serious threat to the United States than Russia

In the last ten years, with the increase in China’s defense budget (now the second in the world) and the development of new technologies, China has emerged as a more dangerous enemy on the battlefield for Americans.

There are basically two reasons. We have already mentioned the first – there is no information about what China has as a weapon, nor the characteristics and capabilities of its weapons.

The second reason is the existing information, which is frightening. China is developing in various areas of the military industry, including increasing its nuclear capabilities.

This is one of the reasons why the United States wants China to join Washington and Moscow in the new nuclear arms control treaty. But China is refusing because it will have to significantly limit its military resources just as it is developing it.

As we reported on June 9 this year, Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying said that China has no plans to participate in any trilateral arms control negotiations with Russia and the United States.

Zhao Lijian, the spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said that attempts by the US authorities to attract China to these talks are absurd, as Washington is constantly striving to violate its obligations under an existing agreement.

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