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C-101 / YJ-16
SY-2 / FL-2

The C-101 is a supersonic short range air, ground, and ship-launched anti-ship missile with two side-mounted ramjet engines at the rear of the airframe. China acquired the C-101 missile technology in the late 1970s, and production began in the mid-1990s replace obsolete HY-2/CSS-N-2 missiles. The Chinese Navy tested the C-101 antiship missile on the Hoku-class fast attack craft [FAC], and Huang-class craft are being fitted with four C-101 launch tubes, while other FAC classes will carry two launch tubes. The air launched version has been reportedly carried on the H-5 and H-6 bombers and the SH-5 amphibian. The missile is believed to have a 300 kg semi-armour-piercing warhead with a delayed impact fuse. Cruising at an altitude of 50 meters, the missile dives about 3 kilometers away from the target to impact about 5 meters above the waterline.


Entered Service
Total length5.8 m (19 ft)
Wingspan1.2 m (3 ft, 9 in)
Weight 1,850 kg
Warhead Weight 300 kg
Propulsion Ramjet
Maximum Speed Mach 2
Maximum effective range 45 km
Guidance mode Inertial and Active Radar
Single-shot hit probability

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