DF-12 M20 short-range surface-to-surface tactical missile technical data sheet specifications

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DF-12 M20 short-range surface-to-surface tactical missile
 
 
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Description
The DF-12 also named M20 is a short-range surface-to-surface tactical missile designed and manufactured by the Chinese Defense Industry. The system was unveiled for the first time to the public during the defense exhibition in United Arab Emirates, IDEX in February 2013. In August 2013, the DF-12 has entered in service with the Chinese Army. The DF-12 was first called M20, the shift in designation from M-20 to DF-12 indicates the missile is being deployed with China’s Second Artillery Corps, the service in charge of missile and nuclear weapons. It is not known whether the DF-12 will be armed with conventional or nuclear warheads or whether it is dual-capable. Some international military experts have indicated that the M20 is very similar to the Russian missile system Iskander. The FD-12 is designed for the engagement of small and area targets, such as hostile fire weapons, air and ant-missile defense weapons, military seaport, command post and communications nodes and troops in concentrations, among others.
 
Variants
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Technical Data
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Missile launch unit
The launch vehicle is equipped with two solid-propellant single-stage all-course guided missiles mounted at the rear of an 8x8 military truck chassis. In firing position, the missiles are erected at the rear of the chassis, and two hydraulically operated outriggers mounted on each side of the truck chassis are deployed to to stabilize themselves at the battery launch site.
Missiles
The DF-12 is a solid-fueled advanced short-range missile that China’s claims is comparable to Russia’s new short-range missile known as the Iskander. The missile’s official range is between 100 and 280 km but that its actual range could be as long as 400 km. The missile has inertial navigation and Global Positioning System guidance. In the Chinese Army it can be expected that some DF-12 class SRBMs will be armed with tactical nuclear warheads. The missile is controlled throughout the entire flight path, so it can be re-targeted during flight.
Truck tractor
The launch missile unit is fitted at the rear of an 8x8 military truck with a double cabin at the front. A shelter is mounted at the rear of the crew cabin. The truck can run at a maximum speed of 80 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 600 km.
Command and control vehicles
A DF-12 battery is composed of missiles, launch canister, multiple-function launch vehicle, transport-loading vehicle, command vehicle and supporting equipment. One missile unit consists of 3 launching batteries which is equipped with one battalion-level command & communication vehicle and 1 integrated support vehicle. A typical launching battery is composed by three launch vehicles, 3 transport-loading vehicles and two training missile boxes.
 
Specifications
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Type
Short-range surface-to-air missile system
Country users
China
Warhead
480 kg
System reaction time
10 sec.
Armament
Two missiles in individual container ready to fire
Range missile
Minimum 100 km; Maximum 280 km
Guidance system
Inertial guidance and INS with satellite guidance
Radar and command station
Command and control vehicle
 
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