China’s Super Weapon, Loitering Attack MissilePosted: September 4, 2016
The idea of loitering attack missile was invented by the US. It is called XM501 Non-Line-of-Sight Launch System (NLOS-LS), a combination of missile and drone. The missile, instead of hitting a specific target chosen when it is launched, cruises in the air like a drone and hit a target when it finds one.
The US had been developing the system for almost a decade but gave up in 2011 as it was too expensive. China has picked up the idea and obtained the fierce weapons for its army that the US has failed to obtain.
China’s loitering attack missile CM-501G and WS43 are super ammunitions China has obtained to surpass the US. It is launched by rocket artillery vertically with a range respectively of 40 km and 60 km. It can stay in the air for 30 minutes to perform reconnaissance and identify, track and hit fixed or moving target with a 20-kg warhead.
Installed with an anti-artillery radar, the system can accurately identify and destroy enemy artillery whether fixed or moving. It, therefore, is an artillery killer.
Source: mil.news.sina.com.cn “Depth Column: Chinese infantry makes another breakthrough – development of a super weapon that the US has given up development” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)