CJ-10 (missile)

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CJ-10
CJ-10 naval.jpg
The CJ-10 during preparations for the anniversary parade
Type Land attack cruise missile
Place of origin People's Republic of China
Service history
Used by Second Artillery Corps (China)
Production history
Manufacturer Academy of Rocket Motors Technology (ARMT)
Specifications
Warhead single HE or nuclear

Engine turbofan
Wingspan ?
Operational
range
2,500km[1][2][3]
> 3,000+ km (CJ-20) [1]
Flight altitude ?
Speed Mach 2.5+ (CJ-10) [4]
Guidance
system
Inertial + possibly COMPASS
Launch
platform
8 axle TEL (CJ-10)
Xian H-6K (CJ-10A)
Type 095
Type 052D destroyer

The CJ-10 (simplified Chinese: 长剑-10; traditional Chinese: 長劍-10; pinyin: Cháng Jiàn 10) is a land attack cruise missile (LACM) currently in service with the Second Artillery Corps of the People's Republic of China. It is the first of the Changjian (literally "long sword") series of long range land attack cruise missiles.[5] The CJ-10 debuted during the October 1 military parade in 2009.[6]

Besides the land attack variant, a possible shore to ship variant has also been rumored to be in Chinese service. Many Taiwan and Hong Kong media sources believe that the weapon has been developed to counter the US Navy's Carrier battle groups, with the aim of a land based carrier destruction capability.[2][3][7] Domestic media reports in China claim that one 300 kilogram warhead would be able to sink a 10,000-ton cruiser in a single strike.[8]

The CJ-10A is an air-launched variant with a range of 2,000—2,200 km, intended to arm the Xian H-6K strategic nuclear bomber which can carry six of the missiles under its wings.[9] The missile's technical designation within PLA is KD-20.[10]

Development[edit]

The YJ-62/CJ-10 missile family is based on China's earlier land-based Hongniao cruise missile family. The new design also incorporates elements of the Soviet Kh-55 cruise missiles. Moscow Defense Brief speculates that Ukraine may have had some role in the CJ-10 project. China may also have acquired several American Tomahawk missiles from Pakistan and Afghanistan, after the missiles were fired in a failed attack on Al Qaeda targets in 1998. The knowledge from these missiles may have been used in the CJ-10/YJ-62 project.[9]

The CJ-10 family was developed from the DH-10 cruise missile.[11][12]

Variants[edit]

  • CJ-10
  • CJ-10A
  • CJ-10K[1]
  • CJ-20[4] - nuclear armed.[13]
  • YJ-100 - Air launched anti-ship version with 500+ km range. YJ = Ying Ji (鹰击), meaning Eagle Strike.[14]

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