Air-Launched Weapons

New ramjet engine to enhance range, speed of China's air-launched missiles

06 June 2017

China has successfully tested a solid-fuel, variable-flow ramjet engine designed to enhance the firing range and speed of air-launched missiles, the state-owned Global Times newspaper reported on 5 June.

The paper quoted a report by the Science and Technology Daily of China's Ministry of Science and Technology as saying that a research team affiliated with the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) recently conducted two successful flight tests with the new engine.

According to the report, the engine is "ready for further engineering application, paving the way for China's next generations of hypersonic missiles".

The new engine, which is still under development, is expected to increase the firing range and mobility of air-to-air missiles and anti-ship missiles fitted onto China's latest combat aircraft, including the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) J-20 'fifth-generation' fighter, Song Zhongping, a military expert who used to serve in the PLA Rocket Force, told Global Times .

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