China’s new integrated maritime defense system was displayed to the public for the first time at the 13th Airshow China, which kicked off on Tuesday in Zhuhai, South China's Guangdong Province.
The system is an integrated, modularized and systematic overall solution for surface attacks. It is capable of target detection, command and control, firing strikes and weapon control. It is capable of firing the latest YJ-18E missile which also made its debut at the show; besides YJ-12E supersonic missile and CM-802B subsonic missile. The system can be flexibly applied in multiple platforms, including ships, trains and other vehicles.
China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp (CASIC) told the Global Times Tuesday that YJ-18E missile system uses a combined mechanism of subsonic cruise and supersonic strikes, showing advantages on both ends: the long-range cruise ability of subsonic missiles and the end-phase attacks by supersonic missiles.
It is capable of attacking medium- and large-sized ships and formations with a low risk of being detected, and it can also attack small ships and fixed targets on the ground.
The missile can fly at extremely low altitudes. Its multiple guidance modes can be adapted for precise attacks against numerous targets at sea or on land, as well as vehicle- and ship-based launches.
The YJ-12E is mainly used to attack medium-sized and large ships, as well as high-value targets, while the CM-802B can conduct attacks on ships from multiple angles.
The CM-708UNB and CM-103 are also part of the system. The CM-708UNB is a submarine-launched anti-ship missile that can mainly be used in attacking medium- and large-sized ships, and it also can be used for attacking targets on the ground. The CM-103 missile system can attack various targets via changing different seekers.