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

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Warhead weight ~ 200 kg
Warhead type conventional
Range of fire ~ 400 km
Engine Deutz diesel
Engine power 517 hp
Maximum road speed 75 km/h
Range 650 km
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. China is calling it as a guided artillery rocket system, hence it is not limited by 300 km range export restrictions.

   The SY-400 system has eight containers with solid fuel 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.

   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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