CM-501G

Summary

CM501G is a Chinese land attack missile first revealed during the 9th Zhuhai Airshow held in November 2012.[1] Developed by China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC), CM-501G is also available in air and ship launched versions upon customers' requests, but only the land-based version made its public debut at the airshow.

CM-501G
Typeanti-ship / anti-tank / air-to-surface missiles
Place of originChina
Service history
In service2010s to present
Used byChina
Production history
ManufacturerChina Aerospace Science & Industry Corporation
Unit costdepends on models
ProducedMid 2000 to present
Specifications
Mass≈ 150 kg
Warhead40 kg high explosive
Detonation
mechanism
Impact / Proximity / Semi-armor-piercing

Enginerocket
Propellantsolid rocket
Operational
range
>70 km
Maximum speed Mach > 1
Guidance
system
Satellite/INS, IIR, SAL
Launch
platform
Naval, aerial and land based.

International comparisonsEdit

The CM-501G missile has been said by many Chinese internet sources as the Chinese equivalent of the American NLOS-LS Netfires missile or the Israeli JUMPER missile, but the Chinese missile is much larger than the two western counterparts: in comparison to the 50 to 60 kg range of western missiles, CM-501G weighs around 150 kg, almost three times the weight of Netfires or JUMPER missiles. The >70 km range of the CM-501G is equal to that of the Netfires missile, and is longer than the 50 km range of the JUMPER missile, and the warhead of CM-501G is around 40 kg.

Guidance optionsEdit

CM-501G also has more guidance options such as Satellite/INS, imaging infrared (IIR), semi-active laser homing (SAL) and in-flight updates for re-targeting if needed. The developer has claimed that the open architecture and modular design concept made the CM-501G system versatile enough to meet different financial constraints customers face by selecting different guidance systems: when budgetary constraints limit the funding, the two way data link and IIR can be replaced by cheaper SAL, and satellite guidance can be any of GPS, GLONASS, or BeiDou.[2]

Launch and command vehiclesEdit

The basic CM-501G system consists of two vehicles both based on a Shaanxi Automobile Group SX2190 6 x 6 cross country heavy duty truck. For the launching vehicle, two launcher/containers each consisting of 9 missiles in 3 x 3 arrangement are mounted in the rear, totaling 18. This is more than the 15 of Netfires but less than the 24 of JUMPER. The command vehicle can use other chassis, such as Dongfeng EQ2050. When a human operator is in the loop for re-targeting after receiving the update via two-way data link, this task is completed in the command vehicle.[3] One of the improvement programs of CM-501G is to have the command vehicle integrated with the launching vehicle, so all tasks could be in a single vehicle. Another improvement program currently underway is the addition of re-targeting capability by forward observers.[4]

VariantEdit

CM-501G
70km range version
CM-501GA
Lighter version mounted on light vehicles, with range reduced to 40km.[5][6][7]
CM-501XA
Loitering Munition. A warhead drone will stand by in the air after launch, and can engage enemy target autonomously.[8]
CM-502KG
At the 9th Zhuhai Airshow held in November 2012, the light air-to-surface missile of CM series designated as CM-502 kg made public debut. CM-502 kg has an 11-kg warhead similar in size with that of AR-1, but its maximum range is more than twice that of AR-1, up to 25 km.[9] The compact size of CM-502 kg enable it to be carried by both the manned aircraft and heavy unmanned aircraft (though mostly the latter), while the lighter AR-1 is carried by smaller unmanned aircraft, as the staff of developer have claimed at the show. There are unconfirmed said by Chinese military enthusiasts on the internet that CM-502 kg is conceptually designed in the same class as Spike NLOS.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ CM501G debut
  2. ^ CM-501G guidance
  3. ^ "CM-501G missile". Archived from the original on February 21, 2013. Retrieved January 13, 2013.
  4. ^ "CM501G多用途战术导弹将改变陆军火力支援模式_新闻_腾讯网". news.qq.com (in Simplified Chinese). Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  5. ^ Eshel, Noam (November 14, 2014). "Airshow China 2014 Photo Report - Strike Weapons". Defense Update. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  6. ^ "New Precision Strike Missile System Appears at Airshow China 2018". www.armyrecognition.com. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  7. ^ "An Assessment of China's Missile Systems at the 12th Zhuhai Airshow". Game Spotting Networks. December 4, 2018. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  8. ^ "ew precision strike missile system appears at AirShow China 2018". armyrecognition.
  9. ^ "CM-502KG". Archived from the original on May 13, 2014. Retrieved March 3, 2018.