Following its first showing at the Zhuhai Air Show less than two years ago, the China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) (Hall 5, Stand H521) is launching its latest Red Arrow 12 multipurpose missile, also referred to as the Hongjian-12 (HJ-12), on the international market here at Eurosatory.
The shoulder-launched one-man portable system consists of the missile in its launch tube and the clip-on target acquisition module. It features a nose-mounted imaging infrared seeker for all-weather target engagement, but can be fitted with a TV warhead. The missile has both direct fire and top attack capabilities. It has a soft launch capability that allows it to be launched from inside buildings. The complete system weighs 22kg.
Red Arrow 12 has a maximum range of 4,000m and is fitted with a tandem high-explosive anti-tank warhead that is claimed will penetrate up to 1,100mm of rolled homogenous armour protected with explosive reactive armour.
In many respects the Red Arrow 12 is very similar to the now widely deployed US Raytheon/Lockheed Martin FGM-148 Javelin missile.