Naval Weapons

Airshow China 2018: CASIC unveils CM-401 anti-ship missile system

08 November 2018

At Airshow China 2018 CASIC displayed a road-mobile, anti-ship missile system featuring the CM-401 supersonic missile. Source: Nikolai Novichkov

The China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) unveiled at the 6-11 November Airshow China 2018 defence exhibition in Zhuhai a road-mobile, anti-ship, close-range ballistic missile (CRBM) system featuring the CM-401 supersonic missile.

"The system is intended for rapid and precision strikes against medium-size ships, naval task forces, and offshore facilities," a CASIС representative told Jane's , pointing out that the CM-401 anti-ship missile, which is fired from a transporter-erector launcher (TEL), can strike targets at a distance between 15 km and 290 km.

The TEL displayed at the show is capable of carrying two containerised CM-401s. No radar unit or command vehicle were displayed at the show.

According to CASIC, the CM-401 is fitted with a terminal radar guidance unit featuring a nose-mounted gimballed antenna. Once launched, the missile flies along a ballistic trajectory, reaching a near-space altitude. The weapon is stated to have an average speed of Mach 4 and a peak of Mach 6, although it is not clear at what altitudes these speeds are reached.

Control of the missile's flight takes place via four jet vanes in the motor nozzle and four aerodynamic clipped-delta control surfaces at its rear. The former controls the missile during its boost phase, while the latter controls the missile when it is descending within the atmosphere. The CM-401 engages its target in a high-speed terminal dive attack.

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