The Chinese HJ-10 anti-tank missile, also known as the Red Arrow 10, is a Chinese ground-launched anti-tank missile developed by Norinco.
Live-fire drills by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army
According to Chinese media, recently, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) announced that it had conducted a test of a new anti-tank missile system.
A footage shows a rocket brigade from the Northern Theater Command conducted the live-fire test. Beijing didn’t specify exactly which system was involved in the recent exercise, but analysts have speculated it likely was the HJ-10, a vehicle-loaded guided missile.
According to the Ministry of Defense of China, drills were held in the highlands of the country to practice high-precision strikes.
The HJ-10 is a powerful long-range anti-tank missile
The Chinese HJ-10 anti-tank missile, also known as the Red Arrow 10, is a Chinese ground-launched anti-tank missile developed by Norinco. This is a Chinese clone of the Israeli Spike NLOS, uses the same technology. The HJ-10 can be also seen as a scaled-down version of the Chinese CM-501G land attack missile.
The HJ-10 is 1,850 mm long and 165 mm in diameter. It has a tandem high-explosive anti-tank warhead, that may penetrate 1,400 mm of conventional steel armour protected by explosive reactive armour. The maximum range is 10 km. The missile has an optical/imaging guidance system. It is a non-line of sight missile. It can lock on the target within the line of sight. Alternatively the operator locks on the target after the launch, using a real time image from the missile. Commands to the missile are transmitted via a two-way fiber-optic cable. Air-launched variants for helicopters and drones have also been developed.
Previously, HJ-10 was hailed by Chinese media as the most powerful long-range anti-tank missile in the world today. The HJ-10 has been deployed to the PLA since 2012 on tracked vehicles as the AFT-10 anti-tank weapon carrier. China is continuing to work on anti-tank missiles with longer ranges.
HJ-10 is for dealing with Taiwan’s M1A2 Abrams and Indian T-72 and T-80 tanks.
HJ-10 was developed to combat enemy armor such as the U.S.-made M1A2 Abrams main battle tank or the Indian T-72 and T-80 tanks.
A year ago Taipei announced that it would buy the American-built Abrams and other hardware in a deal worth $2.2 billion—pending Congressional approval. Taiwan has sought to purchase the Abrams for more than a decade to bolster its aging tank force. The island nation remains one of the last operators of the Cold War-era M60 “Patton” tank, which Taipei has steadily updated in recent years.
HJ-10 could certainly take on the Soviet-era T-72 and T-80 tanks currently being deployed in the Ladakh Valley along the border with India. China deployed the all-terrain light armored vehicles used to carry the HJ-10 missile launcher to the region in August.
The recent tests suggest that Beijing has great confidence in the platform whether in an amphibious landing or in a mountainous assault.
Both China and India have deployed troops and armored vehicles to the Line of Actual Control in recent weeks. The PLA’s drills come as China-India relations are at their worst in decades.
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