Chinese warships become ballistic with new mysterious anti-ship missiles, video released

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) released a shocking video clip on April 19 showing that an unidentified missile was launched from a Type 055 guided missile cruiser. The new weapon is considered by most commentators to be an anti-ship ballistic missile, and analysts refer to it in the YJ-21 nomenclature. This means that it is reportedly designed to target aircraft carriers.

If this YJ-21 analysis is correct, it means that China will be the first country in the world to operationally launch such missiles from naval vessels. Ballistic missile Equipped with all the latest technologies whose launch path is a quasi-orbital trajectory path. This missile is used to fire weapons at predetermined targets.

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Video clip released

A video clip released by the PLA Navy shows that the YJ-21 was launched in March from the 055 cruiser Wuxi, which was commissioned in Qingdao a month ago. In the video clip, you can see that the new Chinese weapon has short wings and a double-headed nose.

The small control surface of the missile suggests that it is not a surface-to-air missile (SAM), but a class that requires extreme maneuvering to attack fast-moving aircraft. It is said to be the largest and most advanced destroyer in the Chinese fleet.

The performance specifications of the YJ-21 are not yet known, but may be in the range of 1,000km to 1,500km. The South China Morning Post reported that the terminal velocity of the YJ-21 is Mach 10, or 10 times the speed of sound.

Previously, the US Department of Defense (DoD) had proposed in 2020 that China would equip its Type 055 cruisers with such types of missiles. The Navy’s power display was made prior to the 73rd anniversary of the Chinese Navy last weekend. Chinese warships become ballistic with new mysterious anti-ship missiles, video released

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