China test-fired newly-developed FD-2000 missile system

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Defence & Security News - China

 
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 10:46 AM
 
China test-fired newly-developed FD-2000 missile system
According to Chinese news agency CCTV, the Chinese military has conducted practice drills with its newly-developed FD-2000 air defense missile system. It has demonstrated its capability of locking onto and shooting down moving targets over a long distance.
     
According to state agency CCTV, the Chinese military has conducted practice drills with its newly-developed FD-2000 air defense missile system. It has demonstrated its capability of locking onto and shooting down moving targets over a long distance.
Chinese FD-2000 long range Air Defence Missile System in Zhuhai Air Show 2012
     

"The radar helps us to deal with multiple targets. As one of the most important pieces of equipment for long-ranged air strikes, the phased array radar is able to monitor 100 targets in the air, and launch strikes to eight targets threatening our defense simultaneously" told Shen Zhongfang, a missile expert from China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp. (CASIC).

The FD-2000 (HQ-9) was designed and manufactured by China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corporation. The FD-2000 was unveiled for the first time to the public at the 8th Zhuhai Airshow in 2012. The export version of FD-2000 provides extra anti-stealth capability by incorporating YLC-20 passive sensor as an option.

The HongQi 9 (HQ-9) is a two-stage missile. The first stage has a diameter of 700 mm and the 2nd stage 560 mm, with a total mass of almost 2 tons and a length of 6.8m. The missile is armed with a 180 kg warhead, has a maximum speed of Mach 4.2. and has a maximum range of 125 km up to an altitude of 27 km. The missile has a proximity fuse with an effective range of 35 m, which goes active when the missile is 5km away from its target.

The drill was held in China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

 

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