(From The National Interest)
While the Russian Kalibr cruise missile continues to capture the spotlight in Syria, on the other side of the globe, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is also developing advanced long-range precision strike weapons.
Indeed, Chinese designers are hoping to develop a family of modular cruise missiles that could match many of the capabilities found onboard the U.S. Navy’s Block IV Tomahawks—including the ability to re-target in-flight.
“Our future cruise missiles will have a very high level of artificial intelligence and automation,” Wang Changqing, director of the General Design Department of the Third Academy of the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp told China Daily.
“They will allow commanders to control them in a real-time manner, or to use a fire-and-forget mode, or even to add more tasks to in-flight missiles.”
But China is not content with developing a single variant of its next-generation cruise missile. The new missile will be developed as a modular weapon that could be tailored for specific applications—similar in concept to the Russian Kalibr, which is made in multiple variants for different types of missions. Read More