PL-21

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PL-21
TypeLong-range, active radar homing air-to-air missile
Place of originPeople's Republic of China
Service history
Used byPeople's Liberation Army Air Force
People's Liberation Army Naval Air Force
Production history
ManufacturerChina Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation
Produced2012[1]
Specifications
Mass270 kilograms (600 lb) (estimated)
Length5.5 metres (18 ft) (estimated)[2]
Diameter250–300 millimetres (9.8–11.8 in) (estimated)[3]

EngineRamjet[4]
PropellantSolid fuel
SpeedMach 5
Guidance
system
active radar with AESA[3]
Launch
platform

The PL-21 (PL-XX) is an active radar-guided long range beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile developed by the People's Republic of China. It is considered comparable to the American AIM-120 AMRAAM, DARPA's Triple Threat Terminator (T3), Europe's MBDA's Meteor and the Russian R-77.[6]

Current operators[edit]

 People's Republic of China

See also[edit]

Similar weapons[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ PL-21 GlobalSecurity.org
  2. ^ a b Rogoway, Tyler. "Shadowy New Missile Appears Under The Wings Of Chinese J-16 Fighter".
  3. ^ a b "This new ramjet engine could triple the range of Chinese missiles".
  4. ^ https://twitter.com/IISS_org/status/965590803929235458
  5. ^ a b "This new ramjet engine could triple the range of Chinese missiles".
  6. ^ "This new ramjet engine could triple the range of Chinese missiles".