Dong Feng launches vehicle-based GAM-102 antitank missile launcher

At Air Show China 2018, being held in Zhuhai (China) from 6-11 November, the Chinese vehicle manufacturer Dong Feng is introducing for the first time a vehicle-based GAM-102 ATGM missile launcher. 

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Dong Feng's GAM-102 vehicle launcher at Air Show China 2018
(Picture source Army Recognition)

The GAM-102 4x4 light armored vehicle launcher is based on the CSK-131A protected assault vehicle chassis. A lift-type quadruple launcher system is installed on the back of the vehicle. It integrates fire control systems, aiming devices, launch command system and a power supply which makes the launcher self-reliant from the vehicle's battery. The CSK131A is a light protected vehicle developed by Dongfeng Corporation on basis of the EQ2060 off-road 4×4 vehicle, a Chinese versions of the US Humvee. The vehicle has a curb weight of 4,900 kg and a payload capacity of 1,400 kg.

The GAM-102 was designed to counter the threat of armored vehicles and fortifications in a maximum range of respectively 4000 meters. The system uses high performance uncooled inferred component and self-developed IR core ship, which, according to Poly Defence, significantly decreases the warm up period. Poly’s GAM-102 trajectory can be selected between overhead and direct attack, depending on target type. This variant adopts a large array long wave uncooled IR imaging homing seeker.

The GAM-102 missile’s modular design allows for integration and installation on a variety of vehicle platforms, from light all-terrain vehicle (L-ATV) to tracked IFV. The missile adopts high explosive tandem charged armor penetration warhead able to realize about 1000 mm penetration depth. The vehicle launched version needs one commander, one driver and one missile operator. Up to 16 missiles can be carried in each vehicle. A GAM-102 system comprises the missile, a launch tube assembly, a launch control system, an E/O radar, and a servo system.