China unveiled its CM302 supersonic missile for international export and says it is the ‘best antiship cruise missile’ in the world. Lyu Xiaoge, spokesman for China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp touted CM30 as better than the available supersonic antiship missile of the likes of the IndoRussian BrahMos missile, and Russian SSN26 Strobile. CM302 is the best antiship missile available on the world’s arms market and quot;it’s not an exaggerationquot;, Lyu was quoted as saying by China Daily on the sidelines of the 2016 Zhuhai Airshow Monday.

The justification for the statement is that the missile can fly at supersonic speeds during its entire 290kilometer trajectory, and it can be mounted on ships, aircraft or ground vehicles. It can be used to knock out land targets as well, Lyu said. Offerings from competitors do not have such advantages, Lyu said. quot;They can be supersonic only during one certain part of the flight and can’t be mounted on multiple platforms.quot; BrahMos, like CM302 is a supersonic cruise missile.

It is the world’s fastest missile in operation till date with speeds of Mach 2.8 to 3.0. CM302 is speculated to have 2.5 times the speed of sound. BrahMos has both land and ship launched versions which are already in service and the air and submarinelaunched versions are currently in the testing phase. BrahMosII presently under development is aiming at speed of Mach 7 to 8 to boost aerial fast strike capability. It is expected to be ready for testing by 2017. CASIC claims CM302 can fly at supersonic speeds during its entire 290km (range) trajectory.

CM302 missile using compact solid fuel ramjet engine in high trajectory mode, the maximum range can reach up to 290 km, if the use of seaskimming lowaltitude trajectory, quot;range will be reduced to some extent.quot; It can be mounted on ships, aircraft or ground vehicles. BrahMos also flies at a range of 290 km trajectory. The shiplaunched and the land based BrahMos can carry a 200kg warhead whereas the CM302 can carry up to 250 kg warhead. The airlaunched version’s will be testfired from Su30MKI by the end of this year.

A decommissioned Indian Navy warship is expected to the target for the supersonic cruise missile traveling at almost three times the speed of sound targeting a range between 300 and 600 km following India’s entry into the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).



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