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Thread: YJ-12 (CM302) vs XASM-3

  1. #1
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    May 2013

    YJ-12 (CM302) vs XASM-3

    CM-302 anti-ship cruise missile: China’s BrahMos Competitor?

    At Air Show China, which took place in Zhuhai last week, China Aerospace Science & Industry Corporation (CASIC) had marketed new supersonic anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM) – the CM-302.

    IHS Jane’s believes the CM-302 to be “closely related” to the YJ-12 ASCM, which utilizes a ramjet engine to cruise at supersonic speed – Mach 2 (at low-altitude) to over Mach 3 (at high-altitude).

    However, it is not clear if the CM-302 is in fact the YJ-12. Shephard Media reported that the CM-302 is the export variant of the YJ-18, which accelerates to supersonic speed during its terminal phase.

    Notes & Comments:

    If the aim is to directly compete against the Indo-Russian BrahMos, then CASC will have derived the CM-302 ASCM from the YJ-12. Supersonic cruising is one of the BrahMos’ marquee features, which imbues it with a higher threat rating than subsonic anti-ship missiles, such as the Exocet and C-802.

    A look at the CM-302 ASCM (as shown at Air Show China 2016) clearly shows that it has intakes for an air-breathing engine. The design is identical to the ramjet-powered YJ-12. However, as with all export-grade missiles from China, the CM-302’s range is capped to 290 km.

    China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) has been working to offer a direct analogue to the BrahMos since at least 2014, when it had unveiled its CX-1 ASCM, which was envisaged with a scramjet engine (Aviation Week). CASIC’s CM-302 directly competes with the CASC CX-1.

    The CASIC YJ-12 was cleared for use from the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN)’s H-6G bombers and JH-7B fighter-bombers (U.S Department of Defense). The PLAN and People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) were also in the process of integrating the YJ-12 to their respective J-16 and J-11 fleets (IHS Jane’s).

    The CM-302 is expected to attract a strong customer base, especially since it is among a handful of cruising supersonic ASCMs on the market. China’s leading conventional arms client Pakistan could be viewed as a strong potential CM-302 customer, which could utilize the CM-302 from land and potentially even surface warships and submarines to bolster its anti-access and area denial capabilities.


    For background information on cruise missiles – including anti-ship cruise missiles – please refer to Quwa’s brief on cruise missile technology. Quwa’s series on Pakistan’s pursuit of force-multiplier assets should offer context on why Pakistan could be a potential CM-302 customer.

    Talking to Navy Recognition at MAST Asia 2017, a Japan defense industry source who didn't wish to be nammed explained that XSSM shares many similarities with the XASM-3 air-launched anti-ship missile (also currently in development and which is rumored to have been recently tested), including its shape/looks and performances.

    XASM-3 is capable of reaching Mach 3 speeds thanks to its ramjet engine fed by two air intakes (in a similar fashion to MBDA's Meteor air to air missile of to the French ASMP-A air-launched tactical nuclear missile). XASM-3 is flying close to sea level in the final stage of attack to reduce probability of detection and intercept.

    XASM-3 basic specifications:
    Overall length: 5.25m
    Maximum speed: Mach 3 or more
    Firing range: 80nm (about 150km) or more
    Weight: 900kg
    Power: Integral Rocket Ramjet
    Navigation and seeker: inertial / GPS (intermediate stage) + active / passive seeker (terminal phase)

    The source confirmed a speed in excess of Mach 3 and range in excess of 80nm for both XSSM and XASM-3. Both missiles are currently being developped by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

  2. #2
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    May 2013
    Who the best ?! i see the YJ12 danger more than XASM 3

  3. #3
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    Oct 2007
    I would definitely go with the Chinese YJ-12 without a doubt. Is the YJ-12 for export?

  4. #4
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    Apr 2013
    you fail.
    they're not even the same size or weight category.

  5. #5
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    Dec 2008
    Near Colombo, Sri Lanka
    move this to the missile sub-forum

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    Which is better, a screwdriver, or toast with jelly?


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