China unveiled a new new type of self-propelled, eight-wheeled 35 millimeter anti-aircraft gun equipped with two surface-to-air missiles.
The mobile eight-wheeled gun system is equipped with advanced radar and fire control systems, and can act as a stand-alone combat unit. It can accompany mechanized troops to provide air defense cover, making it a great choice for a mid-size combined arms brigade in field air defense tasks as well as countering drones, China Central Television (CCTV) reported last week.
"We integrated detection, track and strike functions to the system and it can finish all of these tasks while it is moving," according to the lead designer of the anti-aircraft gun from the state-owned China South Industries Group Corporation.
The weapon uses a 35 millimeter caliber single-barrel gun with the same combat capability as its two-barreled predecessors because it uses a completely new rotary autoloader that significantly increases its fire rate, the report said.
A set of two air defense missiles is mounted on the right side of the turret next to the gun.