Country of origin
up to 1 200 mm
Range of fire
up to 5 000 m
HJ-9 (Hong Jian 9 or Red Arrow 9) is a Chinese advanced
anti-tank missile system. Its development commenced in
the late 1980s. It is designed to engage main battle tanks, armored
vehicles and fortifications. It is capable of defeating even the
latest main battle tanks. This anti-tank guided missile is
also proposed for export customers by NORINCO.
missile is similar in appearance to the American BGM-71D of the
Israeli MAPATS and
Ingwe anti-tank missiles. However it is not confirmed,
whether the HJ-9 uses TOW 2, MAPATS or Ingwe technology. The HJ-9 has a
semi-automatic laser guidance. Once the missile is launched,
operator only has to keep the sight's crosshair on the target.
Missile has two solid fuel rocket motors (booster and cruise).
Maximum range of fire is up to 5 km.
Arrow 9 missile has a tandem HEAT warhead. It is claimed, that it
penetrates up to 1 200 mm of steel armor behind ERA. It can
penetrate the front armor even of the latest main battle tanks. It
is speculated, that this missile can be also fitted with HE or thermobaric warheads for
use against infantry and fortifications.
The Hong Jian 9 anti-tank missiles are carried by
anti-tank missile carrier. It is based on a WZ550 4x4 APC chassis, which is a variant of
the WZ551 6x6 IFV.
It carries a total of 12 missiles. The AFT-9 anti-tank missile
carrier has a retractable weapon station with 4 ready-to-use
launchers. Another 8 reload missiles stored inside the hull. In
traveling mode the missile launcher is retracted inside the hull.
This weapon station is controlled remotely. Missiles are reloaded
automatically. Rate of fire is about 2 rounds per minute.
anti-tank missile carrier is a day/night system, capable of
operating in all whether conditions. Vehicle has a crew of three,
including commander, operator and driver.
this vehicle provides protection against small arms fire and
artillery shell splinters. It is also fitted with NBC protection and
automatic fire suppression systems.
The AFT-9 is powered
by a German Deutz turbocharged diesel engine, developing 320 hp.
is fitted with a central tyre inflation system and run-flat tyres.
Unlike its prototype, the HJ-9 carrier is not amphibious. Vehicle
can be airlifted by
military transport aircraft.
There is a
vehicle-mounted version of the HJ-9. It is based on a
light utility vehicle, which carries a single launcher. It is
claimed that this missile can be also launched from helicopters. The
HJ-9 is not available in a man-portable version, because of its
HJ-9A an improved
missile version with a radar guidance. It has a longer range and is
better protected from enemy jamming. It was officially revealed in
2005 and by the time was already in service with the People's Liberation Army.
The HJ-9A is being offered as a vehicle-mounted system that uses a tripod mount. A proposed
carrier of this anti-tank missile system is a Nanjing NJ2046 4x4
light utility vehicle. Though this missile can be also mounted on any
other light utility vehicle.
improved missile version with semi-automatic laser guidance.