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This 2014 CGI shows a J-31 stealth fighter launching a long range PL-15 missile. Given USAF concerns about the high performance PL-15, it could indeed feature high performance technologies like range and maneuverability enhancing ramjets, and a jam resistant AESA radar seeker.

Beyond visual range air-to-air missiles (BVRAAM) are long-range missiles used by fighters to knock out enemy fighters, bombers, tankers, drones and other aircraft from ranges beyond 30km.
On September 15, 2015, successfully test fired its latest iteration, the PL-15, firing from a fighter to destroy a target drone.

These set of photos from 2013 show the PL-15 during captive flight testing (carried by fighters like this J-11B). The PL-15 is shown to be about four meters long and 200mm in diameter, about the same size as the older PL-12 BVRAAM. The PL-15 uses improved propulsion, such as advanced rocket motors and possibly ramjet engines, to achieve a greater range.

The PL-15 is developed by the 607 Institute. It is the replacement for China's current BVRAAM, the radar guided, PL-12, which reportedly has a range of approximately 100km. Compared to the PL-12, the PL-15 has an improved active radar seeker and jam-resistant datalinks, along with a dual pulse rocket motor to extend its range.

The J-11B Flanker, a Chinese modification of the Russian Su-27 heavy fighter, is shown here with a PL-15 on a payload pylon under the left wing. While the J-11B's radar may not have the range to use the PL-15 to its maximum range, it can receive the location of distant enemy fighters from a KJ-2000 airborne early warning control (AEWC) aircraft, fire the PL-15 and let the PL-15's advanced radar guide the missile, with course corrections from the KJ-2000 AEWC, all without turning on the J-11B's radar (and giving away its position).

Even in the prototype stage, the PL-15 is already an international star. Speaking at the 2015 Air Force Association conference the same week as the test, USAF Air Combatant Commander General Hawk Carlisle cited the PL-15 as the reason for Congress to fund a new missile to replace the American AMRAAM. His reasons for concern is the PL-15's range. By incorporating a ramjet engine, its range could reach 150-200km, was well as its terminal maneuverability. That would out-range existing American air-to-air missiles, making the PL-15 not just a threat to fighters like the F-35, but also to US bombers and aerial tankers critical to American air operations across the vast Pacific. General Carlisle called "out-sticking" the PL-15 a high priority for the USAF.

The early 2002 (now 2004) J-20 stealth fighter prototype flies a test, carrying simulated BVRAAM loadouts (two in its main left weapons bay).
Production J-20s are expected to be able to carry three BVRAAMs in each main weapons bay, making for 6 long range missiles, like the PL-15.
As the PL-15 moves to deployment stage, it will equip stealth fighter jets, such as the J-20 and J-31, as well as the older J-10, J-11, J-15 and J-16 fighters

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It was reported that 607 Institute has been developing a new active radar homing AAM (dubbed
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?) comparable to American AIM-120D and may have evolved from the earlier PL-12C/D design. The missile was seen being tested onboard a J-11B fighter. Compared to PL-12, the missile features stabilizing fins and tailfins with reduced wingspans, suggesting its design is optimized for internal carriage by the 4th generation fighters such as
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and FC-31. PL-15 also features an improved guidance system (including duplex datalink and new active/passive dual mode seeker with enhanced ECCM capability). The missile is thought to have a new dual pulse rocket motor in favor of a ramjet engine, giving it not only a longer range (~200km?) but also a relatively small body size. It appears PL-15 has superseded the PL-12 series as the primary LRAAM for the 4th generation stealth fighters. The latest rumor (September 2015) claimed that PL-15 was test-fired successfully from a J-16.

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And Huitong say also for new/futur
The first article is basically paraphrasing skywatcher's post on his blog, and there is still a level of trepidation as to what PL-15 really is, so it's worth keeping in mind that Huitong's assessment of PL-15 as it is may not be wholly accurate.

also, we have an AAM thread:


Is there any data on the K/YBS500?

It was first unveiled at the 2012 Zhuhai airshow but most of the information has been kept under wraps.

It supposedly comes in five variants:
1. Guided/unguided cluster bomb
2. Glide bomb
3. Aircraft borne submunitions dispenser
4. Unguided air-to-surface rocket
5. Guided air-to-surface missile

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No, that was from a tv show/news some months ago. Claiming something like 7 years of development for new missile, 30 test shots fired and so on. last slide was for weight, 89 kilos, 3 meter length, 20 km range. Of course the figures are most probably guesstimates or very rough rounding downs.


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Chinese laser guided bombs

Many Chinese manufacturers offer Bgls the domestic market and for export include for example -
• 'Tiange "family (TG-xx-xx or GB) of land armaments group NORINCO
• the "Feiteng" family (FT-xx) aerospace group CASC
• YZ family aerospace group CASIC (* thank you Bruno Rouers for the reminder, see comments)
• the "Lei Shi" family (LS-xx) the AVIC aeronautics group

These families come in several categories and different guidance modes, ranging from 50kg to 000kg smaller to 1 for the largest. Of planed versions are also available.

The first generation of BGL selected by the Air Force and the Chinese Navy is LS500J the AVIC Group. This is the BGL that the J-10 used in the television broadcast of the beginning.

The LS500J, also known as LT-2 name for its export version, which weighs 564kg 450kg of explosive charge. 10km et il peut atteindre une précision de CEP ≤ 6,5m selon son constructeur. ">Its range is> 10km and can achieve a CEP accuracy ≤ 6.5m according to its manufacturer.

Guided by a double laser beam and capable of performing an S maneuver when approaching the target, this Chinese BGL remains nevertheless a bomb of the first generation with the digital guide, like the US GBU-16 Paveway II . The target must remain illuminated until impact, which means that the designator on the ground or flying rocket with a pod must remain on area to guide the bomb, which exposes them to potential danger during flying bombs.

In the top story pilots say they have had to remain above the target for the "tens of second" flying bombs.

For new laser guided bombs, the Chinese army seems to have chosen the TG-250 and TG models of 250kg-500kg of 500 NORINCO group. Their range is greater than 20km and the accuracy is less than 4m CEP.

The guidance mode "proportional" and a wider field of vision of the seeker, these two new models of HMOs can limit the loss of energy of the bomb for course correction, we can achieve more planée great range and better accuracy.

A version with a glider kit is also available for TG-250, its scope is extended to over 80km, higher than most of the close air defense systems.

LGB « Tiange » NORINCO
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China Unveils New Mini-missile, Targets Foreign Sales
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February 8, 2017

China can now offer users of its combat drones a new missile designed for anti-terrorism operations and low-intensity conflicts.

The China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics, the country’s largest military drone exporter by number of products sold overseas, said it recently conducted live-fire tests on the AR-2 short-range air-to-surface missile in north-western China.

A CH-4 reconnaissance/combat drone was used in the tests, though the missile can also be mounted on other CH drones, officials said. The academy’s CH-series drones have been sold to military users in over 10 countries.

The missile also can be carried by Chinese attack helicopters and other unmanned aircraft after minor technical modifications, they said.

With a weight of about 20 kilograms and a 5-kg warhead, an AR-2 has a maximum range of 8 kilometers and a top speed of 735 kilometers per hour. It is effective against personnel, armored cars, houses or bunkers, its designers said.

Zeng Like, project manager for the AR-2, said that the academy hopes to win market share from the United States’ AGM-114 Hellfire, widely used in the 1990s and 2000s. At least 29 nations, including Australia, France and South Korea, deploy the Hellfire, according to Jane’s Weapon Systems.

“There are a lot of counterterrorism operations and low-intensity conflicts in the world that create a huge demand for low-cost, high-efficiency weapons to hit cars or light-duty, armored vehicles,” he said. “We believe that most ground targets designated for drones are soft targets or lightly armored vehicles, so using a heavier missile such as the AGM-114 Hellfire for such operations is a waste.”

Smaller, cheaper missiles like the AR-2 are powerful enough to handle those targets, and their lighter weight enables a drone to carry more missiles, Zeng said.

The AR-2’s biggest competitors are the US’ AGM-176 Griffin, currently the best-selling lightweight precision-strike weapon, France’s Lightweight Multirole Missile and Israel’s Whip Shot missile, he said.

But, Zeng said, “the AR-2 features strong capabilities and a lower price, so we are positive it will have good market prospects”.

Many of the academy’s clients now use the bigger, heavier AR-1 missile with CH drones, he said.

In another development, the academy said trainees from one of its foreign clients performed a test in which four CH drones were networked to perform as a fleet.

Ground controllers from the unnamed foreign nation who were trained at the academy guided four CH-4B drones via satellite to work together in a patrol.

Huang Wei, a senior researcher who oversaw the test, said the networking of multiple drones is useful for joint operations in combat. Huang said only China and the US are capable of conducting joint operations using multiple drones.

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