Chinese Military to Adopt New Tactical Missile, Loitering Munition

China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) is expected to adopt a land-based, mobile missile system capable of firing CM-501GA precision-guided missile and CM-501XA loitering munition, a company source told Jane’s at IDEX 2019.

The CM-501GA is a non-line-of-sight (NLOS) missile capable of engaging both stationary and moving targets at a distance of up to 40 km. The 2m-long missile, which has a diameter of 180 mm and weighs over 100 kg, carries a 20 kg, high-explosive (HE) blast fragmentation warhead. Its propulsion system is believed to be based on a solid-propellant rocket motor.

The missile uses a combined TV/imaging infrared (IIR) seeker for terminal guidance. It is presumed some form of inertial navigation system (INS), or INS aided by a global navigation satellite system (GNSS), is used for the non-terminal guidance phases. The manufacturer claims the missile has a circular error of probability (CEP) of less than 1 m when striking stationary targets, and a hit probability of more than 90% when striking moving ones.

The 2m-long CM-501XA loitering munition is designed to engage stationary and moving targets at distances greater than 70 km. According to the manufacturer, the square-section (230×230 mm) munition also weighs more than 100 kg and is armed with a smaller 8.5-kg HE blast fragmentation warhead.


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