The C-701 light-weight anti-ship missile measures 2.5 meters long, less than half that of the Yingji-801. The diameter of the subsonic anti-ship short-range missile is also much smaller. It has a range of 15 kilometers and a cruising speed of Mach 0.8. It uses television guidance control and is anti-jamming capability is comparable to that of the US Maverick missile. However, the C-701 can be launched from ships and planes, unlike the air-to-surface Maverick.
The C-701 antiship missile was first exhibited at China's Second International Aviation and Aerospace Show held in Zhuhai late 1998. Initially only a version launched from a helicopter was revealed. But at the end of 1998, China announced that a version launched from a building was under development. It would be in service in 2002.
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