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.
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Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced today the signing of three significant contracts valued at over US$100 million, for the supply of Loitering Munitions (LM) systems to several countries in Asia. Orders for HAROP loitering weapons for land-based and naval platforms and for ROTEM miniature 'suicide drones' reflect a growing interest in the LM category.
During the recent 'Guardian of the Walls' operations in Gaza, Israel's Defense Forces (IDF) employed swarms of unmanned systems to strike inside the enemy area to seek and destroy hidden targets. This was the combat debut of a new capability developed by the IDF that demonstrated the great value of manned-unmanned operations at the tactical edge.