China’s Guangdong Hongda Blasting Company claimed on 15 October that it has successfully flight-tested a new supersonic cruise missile intended for export.
Known as the HD-1, the weapon, which reportedly uses “advanced solid-fuel ramjet technology”, was tested at an undisclosed location in northern China to verify the launch, power, and flight control systems, said the company in a statement, adding that all objectives for the test were met.
The HD-1 project is still in the “experimental verification stage”, with tests being conducted for adaptability, stability, and reliability of the weapon system, according to the company.
After being granted an export licence by the Chinese government, the company said it intends to win supply contracts and begin series-producing the HD-1 system, which consists of an undisclosed number of missiles, as well as launch, command-and-control, target identification, and comprehensive support systems.
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