The land-based launch vehicle for the CM-401 hypersonic anti-ship missile system. The CM-401 is thought to be a modified anti-ship version based on the BP-12A tactical ballistic missile. The missile achieves high supersonic speed and its ship killing accuracy is derived by the integral active radar used in the terminal phase of the flight. This missile is used mainly to attack medium-to-large-sized ships, including aircraft carriers.
QN-506 is based on a turretless Type 59 tank (Chinese version of the obsolete T-54). In the QN-506 the manned turret was replaced with an unmanned rotating structure that mounts a 30mm cannon, 7.62mm coaxial machine gun, launchers carrying 20 lightweight QN-201 multi-role missiles and four launchers for QN502 EO guided missiles or loitering weapons. The vehicle can also exchange some of the loitering weapons for drones, to extend the observation range to 10 km.
Unlike the larger and heavier drones that operate like manned aircraft and are bound to airfields or other complex launch and retrieval systems, small UAS are optimized to work and support operators at the tactical level. Aeronautics' Orbiter family of Mini UAS (MUAS) and Small Tactical UAS (STUAS) is designed specifically for those missions.