Africa Aerospace & Defence 2016

Long march fast [AAD16D2]

15 September 2016

China Aerospace Long-March International is marketing two versions of its LY-80 medium-range air defence missile system, and scale models of both of these are being shown at AAD.

The land-based LY-80 would typically consist of a command post vehicle and a vehicle fitted with long-range phased array search radar. This would control three fire units, with each of these having one guidance vehicle and two to four launchers with six missiles each.

When travelling, the missiles are in the horizontal position and when the launcher comes into action the hydraulic stabilisers are lowered to the ground and the launcher is elevated into the vertical position.

According to the prime contractor, the solid propellant missile can engage targets at a range of 3.5 to 50km, with interception altitude up to a maximum of 20km. The missiles are cold launched and a single shot kill probability of between 0.9 and 0.95 is being claimed.

A complete LY-80 system can be deployed in 12 minutes and out of action time is about six minutes.

Method of guidance is inertial navigation plus update and midcourse guidance with intermittent target illuminating and semi-active radar homing for the final phase.

Apart from the command post vehicle, all the elements are based on 8x8 cross-country truck chassis for a high level of cross-country and strategic mobility.

The naval version is designated the LY-80N, has similar capabilities and is also launched vertically, with each cell having eight missiles in the ready-to-launch position.

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