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Pakistan’s Got a Weird and Powerful Anti-Ship Weapon
(Can It Sink India's Aircraft Carrier?)
by David Axe

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The Pakistani air force is acquiring more than a hundred JF-17s from China in order to complement older F-16s, Mirages and J-7s.

To help the single-engine JF-17s target enemy warships such as India’s growing fleet of aircraft carriers, Islamabad’s air arm in 2017 and 2018 bought 60 CM-400AKG anti-ship missiles.
The CM-400AKG, a product of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China, is an unusual weapon. Unlike many other anti-ship missiles, it follows a high ballistic flight path.
The supersonic standoff missile first appeared in public at an air show in Zhuhai, China in 2012. The missile appeared in a display with the JF-17, a highly-evolved derivative of the MiG-21 that China has sold to Pakistan, Myanmar and Nigeria at a cost of around $30 million per plane.

Six years later, the Pakistani defense ministry revealed that it purchased 60 CM-400AKGs at a total cost of $100 million. The acquisition transformed the country’s JF-17s into potent ship-killers.
In 2018 photos circulated apparently depicting a JF-17 firing a CM-400AKG in a test that perhaps took place a few years earlier.

The CM-400AKG reportedly weighs around 2,000 pounds and carries either a 300-pound fragmentation warhead or a 400-pound penetrating warhead. It reportedly can fly as far as 150 miles.

The missile boasts an internal navigation system that guides it near its target, at which point a combination infrared- and radar-seeker takes over. Sources claim the weapon’s circular-error probability is as small as 15 feet, meaning it has a 50-50 chance of striking within 15 feet of its aimpoint.

The CM-400AKG reportedly can maneuver in its final seconds of flight, helping it to dodge enemy defenses. It tops out at five times the speed of sound, sources claim.
Some observers have pointed to the CM-400AKG’s high speed in order to draw comparisons with the Indian armed forces’ own Brahmos cruise missile. Itself a derivative of the Soviet Oniks cruise missile, the air-, sea-, undersea- and land-launched Brahmos can fly as fast as Mach three and strike targets as far away as 370 miles.

The CM-400AKG’s size, range and accuracy are consistent with the capabilities of other anti-ship weapons. What’s odd is the weapon’s flight profile.
Most anti-ship missiles launch from low altitude in order to avoid detection. The CM-400AKG, by contrast, is designed to launch from high altitude.

According to the manufacturers’ figures, a fighter such as a JF-17 would launch the CM-400AKG at an altitude between 26,200 and 39,400 feet while traveling as fast as Mach .9.
The weapon’s apparent origin as a development of the SY-400 short-range ballistic missile could explain this odd profile. The CM-400AKG like other high-flying ballistic missiles consumes solid fuel and does not require an air inlet. Lower-flying weapons often combine liquid fuel and an air-breathing motor.

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Hi,

There seem to be different versions of the YJ 12 which has different version CM400 AKG---CM302---and they maybe different in their weight category ranging anywhere from 2500 kg on the higher end to 400 kg at the lower end---.

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"
Specifications
Service history
YJ-12
TypeAnti-ship cruise missile
Place of originPeople's Republic of China
In service~2015-present
Used byPeople's Liberation Army Navy
Mass2,500 kg (5,500 lb)[citation needed]
Length6.3 m (21 ft)[1]
Diameter0.756 m (2.48 ft)[1]
Warhead205–500 kg (452–1,102 lb)[2][3]
"



Now in the CM400 AKG version

2.

" CM-400AKG[edit]
The CM-400AKG is an air-launched supersonic surface attack cruise missile, believed to be the export version of the YJ-12.[19] The 910 kg (2,000 lb) missile is 0.4 m (1.3 ft) in diameter and has a range of between 54–130 nmi (62–150 mi; 100–241 km) while carrying either a 150 kg (330 lb) blast or 200 kg (440 lb) penetration warhead.
"

The above two from wikipedia

And now from Deagle

3.

" The CM-400AKG is a smaller and lighter version of the YJ-12 anti-ship missile intended for use by tactical fighter aircraft such as the FC-1, J-10 and Su-30MKK/J-11. The supersonic CM-400AKG missile weighs 400 kg and has a maximum range of up to 100/250 kilometers and can fly at a top speed of Mach 4 carrying a 150/200 kg warhead. "

4.

Export variants[edit]
CM-400AKG[edit]
The CM-400AKG is an air-launched supersonic surface attack cruise missile, believed to be the export version of the YJ-12.[19] The 910 kg (2,000 lb) missile is 0.4 m (1.3 ft) in diameter and has a range of between 54–130 nmi (62–150 mi; 100–241 km) while carrying either a 150 kg (330 lb) blast or 200 kg (440 lb) penetration warhead. "

It would be interesting to know what weight class of the CM400AKG does the Paf has---?
 
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Hi,

There seem to be different versions of the YJ 12 which has different version CM400 AKG---CM302---and they maybe different in their weight category ranging anywhere from 2500 kg on the higher end to 400 kg at the lower end---.

1.

"
YJ-12
Service history
Specifications
TypeAnti-ship cruise missile
Place of originPeople's Republic of China
In service~2015-present
Used byPeople's Liberation Army Navy
Mass2,500 kg (5,500 lb)[citation needed]
Length6.3 m (21 ft)[1]
Diameter0.756 m (2.48 ft)[1]
Warhead205–500 kg (452–1,102 lb)[2][3]
"




Now in the CM400 AKG version

2.

" CM-400AKG[edit]
The CM-400AKG is an air-launched supersonic surface attack cruise missile, believed to be the export version of the YJ-12.[19] The 910 kg (2,000 lb) missile is 0.4 m (1.3 ft) in diameter and has a range of between 54–130 nmi (62–150 mi; 100–241 km) while carrying either a 150 kg (330 lb) blast or 200 kg (440 lb) penetration warhead.
"

The above two from wikipedia

And now from Deagle

3.

" The CM-400AKG is a smaller and lighter version of the YJ-12 anti-ship missile intended for use by tactical fighter aircraft such as the FC-1, J-10 and Su-30MKK/J-11. The supersonic CM-400AKG missile weighs 400 kg and has a maximum range of up to 100/250 kilometers and can fly at a top speed of Mach 4 carrying a 150/200 kg warhead. "

4.

Export variants[edit]
CM-400AKG[edit]
The CM-400AKG is an air-launched supersonic surface attack cruise missile, believed to be the export version of the YJ-12.[19] The 910 kg (2,000 lb) missile is 0.4 m (1.3 ft) in diameter and has a range of between 54–130 nmi (62–150 mi; 100–241 km) while carrying either a 150 kg (330 lb) blast or 200 kg (440 lb) penetration warhead. "

It would be interesting to know what weight class of the CM400AKG does the Paf has---?
As with the Harpoon, there is a difference between Sub Launched, Ship Launched, and Air Launched, but from 2,400kg to 400kg? I dont think so.
 

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As with the Harpoon, there is a difference between Sub Launched, Ship Launched, and Air Launched, but from 2,400kg to 400kg? I dont think so.
Hi,

That is why I copied and pasted the info---. 900 Kg sounds ok---but 400 KG---that was on deagle.com

 

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Hi,

That is why I copied and pasted the info---. 900 Kg sounds ok---but 400 KG---that was on deagle.com

With a publicly published warhead of 150kg~200kg, and a max range of 250kms, max speed mach4. Now you need to add on the IR and radar seeker, solid fuel, rocket motor. Plus given that this missile is nearly a decade old. The figure of 400kg's is a bit far fetched.

To me 750kg to 850kg would make sense.
 

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With a publicly published warhead of 150kg~200kg, and a max range of 250kms, max speed mach4. Now you need to add on the IR and radar seeker, solid fuel, rocket motor. Plus given that this missile is nearly a decade old. The figure of 400kg's is a bit far fetched.

To me 750kg to 850kg would make sense.
Hi,

So the 900 Kg is a realistic number for that range and load---
 
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