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.
Contractor Entered Service Total length 5.8 m (19 ft) Diameter Wingspan 1.2 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