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YJ-62 / C-602

The YJ-62 anti-shipping cruise missile is the PLAN counterpart to the anti-shipping variant of the RGM-109 Tomahawk, and has a generally similar configuration to the Tomahawk. However, compared to the Tomahawk, fins are rather smaller, more forward of the exhaust, and disposed X rather than T. The air scoop inlet is rather larger, and fixed rather than deployable. The YJ-62 / C-602 is a medium-range, sea-skimming cruise missile that can be launched from air, land or sea. Despite carrying the development variant designation of the YJ-6 (C-601, SS-N-2 Styx copy, NATO reporting name: CAS-1 Kraken) anti-ship missile family, the new YJ-62 bears little resemblance to the YJ-6. The missile body of the YJ-62 appears to be much slimmer and lighter, and clearly a more modern design than the YJ-6.

Each missile carries a 300 kg armor-piercing high-explosive warhead. The C602 wings can be folded back, and the location of the fixed scoop inlet is on the ventral side of the missile, mounted slightly forward of the cruciform tail fins. It uses a turbojet engine, and can reach a maximum range of 280 km and a minimum range of 40-60 kilometers. The YJ-62 has high subsonic speed, with a maximum flight speed of about Mach 0.6-0.8. The cruise height of 30 meters, and the last segment of the flight can go down to an altitude of 7-10 meters. The YJ-62 is still making use of the Chinese anti-ship missile active radar guidance system, the specific form an agile monopulse radar system. The role of airborne radar from a distance of 40 kilometers, while the small YJ-83 (C-803) anti-ship missiles, airborne radar missile range is only 25 kilometers. The YJ-62 radar may be plus or minus 40 degrees to the sea fan search.

A standard coastal battery consists of four launch vehicles, each with three missiles, plus command and support vehicles. On ships, the YJ-62/C-602 launchers are typically positioned in pairs, as on the Type 052C (Lanzhou-class) destroyers of the People's Liberation Army Navy, first deployed in 2004. The 04 October 2006 issue of Jane's Defence Weekly reported that the YJ-62 anti-ship cruise missile was displayed from September 20 to 24 at the African Aerospace and Defence exhibition at Ysterplaat Air Base in Cape Town, South Africa. This was the first time the C-602 had been formally shown internationally.

The PLA completed an upgrade to the ground-launched YJ-62 ASCM in 2008. The new variant, the YJ-62C, has a range of more than 150 NM. According to press reports, by 2009 the PLA Navy had deployed 120 YJ-62Cs to naval bases in Fujian province, across from Taiwan.

In 2009 the Pakistan Navy purchased 120 Chinese C-602 long range anti-ship cruise missiles from China to counter the threat posed to the surface fleet of Pakistan's navy by the proliferation of the Russian supersonic AntiShip missiles P-800 Oniks / Yakhont / PJ-10 Brahmos. The YJ-62 missile may be the basis for a future PLAN land attack cruise missile comparable to US Navy's Tomahawk. The YJ-62 can be fitted with an alternative seeker to enable engagement of land targets.

Length 6.1m (without booster);
7m (with booster)
Diameter N/A
Wingspan N/A
Launch weight 1,140kg (without booster);
1,350kg (with booster)
Warhead 300kg HE
Propulsion One turbojet/turbofan engine, one solid booster
Max speed Mach 0.9
Max range 280km / 150 NM
Flight Altitude 30m (flight); 7~10 m (attacking)
Guidance Mode Inertial + GPS, terminal active radar
Single-Shot Hit Probability N/A





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