Spotted: China flies air-launched cruise missile

CJ-10K.jpgThe US has the AGM-86, Russia has the KH-55 and China now has the CJ-10K.

The Chinese Military Aviation blog (.cn domain) on Saturday posted the above photo of the CJ-10K aloft under the wing of an H-6 bomber. The blog says the missile’s range is between 1,500km and 2,500km.

The photo appears after China unveiled the ground-launched CJ-10 land attack cruise missile in the October 1 parade marking the 60th anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force. The weapon is reportedly intended for attacks on a carrier battle group.

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3 Responses to Spotted: China flies air-launched cruise missile

  1. George 14 December, 2009 at 2:26 pm #

    Is the CJ-10 anti-ship or land attack? It’s called a ” CJ-10 land attack cruise missile” in one line and the next line states “The weapon is reportedly intended for attacks on a carrier battle group.”

  2. Stephen Trimble 14 December, 2009 at 2:28 pm #

    Good catch. I should have inserted the word “also” after reportedly in that last sentence.

  3. Mars HQ Regiment 16 December, 2009 at 5:02 am #

    I’m curious if JASDF will inevitably develop such an offensive capability given the explosive proliferation of such offensive systems around the region? It would surely take a modification to their Article 9′s ‘post WWII/Cold-War’ constraints, but one has to wonder now: what’s next.

    Also, many would wonder if NCADE will be updated to an anti-CM capability as well? More likely… DoD would reply: “Nah… too expensive to develop – we’ll just start a competition for a unique system with an expected due date by 2025″. Sheesh.

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