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SY-400

Short-range ballistic missile

SY-400

The Chinese SY-400 ballistic missile system is intended for the export market

 
 
Country of origin China
Entered service ?
Crew ?
Dimensions and weight
Number of missiles 8
Weight ~ 35 t
Length ~ 12 m
Width ~ 3 m
Height ~ 5 m
Missile
Missile length ?
Missile diameter ?
Missile weight ?
Warhead weight ~ 200 kg
Warhead type conventional
Range of fire ~ 400 km
CEP ?
Mobility
Engine Deutz diesel
Engine power 517 hp
Maximum road speed 75 km/h
Range 650 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.5 m
Trench 2.5 m
Fording 1.2 m

 

   The SY-400 is a short-range precision-attack ballistic missile system. It was revealed in 2008. It might use technology of the Raytheon RGM-165 or SM-4. This weapon system is intended for the export market. It is proposed as an alternative to the Russian Iskander-E. China is calling it as a guided artillery rocket system, hence it is not limited by 300 km range export restrictions set by Missile Technology Control Regime.

   The SY-400 system has 8 containers with solid fuel ballistic missiles. Missiles are factory-fitted into these containers and can be stored for years and do not require additional maintenance. Missiles are launched vertically and have a range of about 400 km. The SY-400 can use different types of warheads.

   Furthermore The SY-400 system can be configured to carry 2 pods with heavier DF-12A missiles (formerly known as M20). The DF-12A missile has a range of 280 km and carries a 480 kg warhead. It is a downgraded export version of the DF-12 ballistic missile, used by the Chinese military. The DF-12A was specially designed to be just short of the 300 km range and 500 kg payload  in order to overcome export restrictions set by the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).

   The launcher can be configured to carry one pod with four SY-400 missiles and one pod with BP-12A missile.

   The missiles are fitted with GPS/INS guidance system. They are steered to the intended target in the initial flight phase by four control surfaces and stabilizing fins. Missile uses low lowering rate to extend the range. Multiple missiles can be aimed at different targets.

   This weapon system is mounted on Wanshan 8x8 high-mobility wheeled launcher. The launcher vehicle has good cross-country mobility and can go over all kinds of rough terrain.

   The SY-400 is supported by a reloading vehicle, fitted with a crane, which carries a full set of reload containers.

 

Video of the SY-400 short-range ballistic missile system

 

 
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