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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1995
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: Baktar Shikan, HJ-8L, HongJian-8 and Red Arrow 8E
Origin: China
Corporations: NORINCO
Parent System: HJ-8
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1970
Total Production: ?
Family Members: HJ-8H
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Description: The HJ-8 is a semi-active wire-guided anti-tank missile developed by NORINCO for the People's Liberation Army (PLA) in the 1980s. This anti-tank weapon system can be launched from ground vehicles and helicopters or by infantrymen. Overall, the HJ-8 can be deemed as the Chinese counterpart to US TOW missile system. The HJ-8 entered service with the PLA in the late 1980s. Baktar Shikan is a version produced under license in Pakistan. In the mid-1990s, the PLA introduced an improved version known as HJ-8E featuring increased range, improved accuracy and tandem warhead.

The HJ-8E missile weighs 11.2 kg, has a maximum range of 4,000 meters and a piercing in armor capability of 1,000mm. The missile flies to its designated target at high subsonic speeds. The man-portable version of the HJ-8 weapon system is heavier than its Western and Russian counterparts. The HJ-8L is a follow-on version which features a lighter tripod launcher and increased piercing in armor ability. The US Intelligence reported that the Red Arrow 8E/HJ-8E missile had been selected for the Z-10 attack helicopter in development for the PLA.

HJ-8E Applications

Armored Vehicles BTR-3U Cannons & Gear KBA-105 Shkval Combat Aircraft Z-10 Z-19

HJ-8E Specifications

Diameter: 120 millimeter (4.72 inch)
Length: 875 millimeter (34.4 inch)
Wingspan: 320 millimeter (12.6 inch)
Max Range: 4,000 meter (2.16 nautical mile)
Min Range: 100 meter (0.05 nautical mile)
Piercing in Armor: 1,000 millimeter
Cruise Speed: 220 mps (0.66 mach)
Weight: 11.2 kilogram (24.7 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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