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IDEX 2017: China's FT-12 glide bomb gets rocket booster

23 February 2017
The ALIT official said this is the more accurate of the two images of the FT-12 used on the promotional leaflet for the weapon. Source: ALIT

China's rocket-boosted precision-guided glide bomb, the Fei Teng FT-12, was revealed at the IDEX show in Abu Dhabi by China Aerospace Long-March International Trade Co, Ltd (ALIT), the marketing arm of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC).

While the existence of an FT-12 glide bomb has been previously reported, this is the first time that it has been clearly stated that it is rocket-boosted.

An ALIT official told Jane's at IDEX said this latest FT-12 variant was completed about one year ago and that a "Chinese customer" has only purchased a small quantity.

Looking to add value to their precision-guided bomb series, designers from the China Academy of Launch Technology added a "5-10 kg" rocket motor to the FT-12, according to an ALIT official.

An ALIT brochure states that a release velocity of 600-1,000 km/h, which gives the 700 kg FT-12 a maximum range of 150 km. This figure, however, would depend on the size of the rocket booster and launch altitude.

ALIT states that the FT-12 can attack fixed targets with a circular error probability (CEP) of 20 m using a GPS/INS guidance system.

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