China’s missile HD-1 to challenge India’s BrahMos
BEIJING, Nov 10: China on Friday disclosed the technical details of its supersonic cruise missile, HD-1, leading military experts to believe that it has the potential to compete with the BrahMos missile jointly developed by India and Russia, as reported by Chinese media Global Times.
A mining company, Guangdong Hongda Blasting, disclosed the details at the Airshow China 2018 in Zhuhai, South China's Guangdong Province.
The company described that the October-tested missile uses a solid-propellant ramjet that can reach targets 290 kilometres away at a speed of Mach 2.2 to 3.5. The missile weighs 2,200 kilograms, can fly as high as 15 kilometres and as low as 5-10 meters when sea skimming, according to the report.
The company claimed that the time taken to prepare for the launch of the missile is less than 5 minutes and less than 10 seconds to launch a second missile. It also described that the missile can accurately hit ground and sea targets.
The HD-1 can be launched from a land-based transport erection and launch vehicle (TEL). One TEL can be loaded with 6 missiles, which can be fired with a single push of a button, added the report.
The vehicle adopts an 8x8 all-wheel chassis, making it very mobile and can withdraw within 3 minutes after launch, ensuring its strong battlefield survivability, according to the report.
-ZEE MEDIA BUREAU