|Type||Anti-ship cruise missile|
|Place of origin||People's Republic of China|
|Used by||People's Republic of China|
|Manufacturer||China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation|
|Warhead||190 kg. high-explosive fragmentation|
200 km (YJ-83K)
120 km (C-802)
190 km (C-802A)
|Inertial/active terminal guidance|
The YJ-83 (Chinese: 鹰击-83; pinyin: yingji-83; literally: "eagle strike 83") is a Chinese subsonic anti-ship cruise missile. It is manufactured by the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation Third Academy.
The YJ-83 uses microprocessors and a strapdown inertial reference unit (IRU); these are more compact than the equivalent electronics used in the YJ-8 and the export C-802, allowing the YJ-83 to have a 180 km. range at Mach 0.9. The missile is powered by the Chinese CTJ-2 turbojet, and carries 190 kg. high-explosive fragmentation warhead. Terminal guidance is by an active radar. The YJ-83K, the air-launched variant, has a range of 200 km. This data may be for an improved YJ-83A; the original YJ-83 may have shorter range, at 120 km and 130 km for the surface- and air-launched versions respectively.
The YJ-83KH has an electro-optical seeker, and may receive course corrections by remote link.
Confusion between the YJ-82, C-802, and "C-803"
The US military considers the C-802 and C-802A as parts of the YJ-83 family.
The C-802 precedes the closely related YJ-83; strictly speaking, only the C-802A is the export development of the YJ-83. The C-802 is sometimes and erroneously considered the export version of the YJ-82; the two are separate developments.
A prospective "C-803" was erroneously promulgated as the export version of the YJ-83 by enthusiasts in the late-1990s. As yet, no such missile exists.
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