PLA Chinese army deploys new vehicle-mounted antitank missile

A new type of vehicle-mounted anti-tank missile is now being deployed by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), reports show. The new missile is more powerful than its predecessors due to the larger caliber and is highly mobile when mounted on an off-road assault. Liu Xuanzun reports on Global Times.
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A tracked armored missile launching vehicle attached to a brigade under the PLA 76th Group Army launches an anti-tank missile during an exercise at the hinterland of the Kunlun Mountains in late June 2020. (Picture source: Wei)

The recently revealed missile is China’s third-generation antitank missile capable of attacking targets from above (top attack), China Central Television (CCTV) reported on March 10, citing video footage released earlier this month by, the official video website of the PLA, which did not give any further details on the missile.

The top attack is a very effective method for destroying heavily armored targets like tanks because their armor on the top is usually the thinnest part. A larger caliber means the missile is likely to be more powerful than its predecessors.

The new missile can be mounted on China’s Mengshi series off-road assault vehicle or infantry fighting vehicles, CCTV reported. It could be mass-produced and be widely used by the PLA in the near future, Liu Xuanzun concludes.