Tuesday, November 20, 2012

SD-10A and LD-10 Missiles at Zhuhai Airshow 2012

The SD-10A is the export designation of the PL-12 Air-to-Air missile developed by  Luoyang Electro-Optical Technology Development Center. The SD-10A is an active radar Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM). It has the ability to turn off its active radar seeker and passively home in on electronic emissions (Home-On-Jam).

The LD-10 air-to-surface anti-radiation missile is a variant of the SD-10A missile meant for Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD), similar to Raytheon's High-speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM). The LD-10 retains the overall aerodynamic layout of the SD-10A, but has the active radar seeker of the SD-10A replaced with a new passive radar-homing seeker.

The LD-10 has been designed such as to be retrofitted faster and with minimal modifications to launch platforms, which have been cleared for use with the SD-10A missile. These include the J-8, J-10, J-11 and the JF-17. The missile was marketed with a maximum range of 80 km with a 20 kg warhead.

A further development of the SD-10A is the DK-10. The DK-10 is heavily modified for use as a Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) as reported earlier. 

Specifications of SD-10A:
Length: 3934 mm
Diameter: 203 mm
Wing span: 670 mm
Fin span: 752 mm
Weight: 199 kg
Propulsion: Solid dual-thrust rocket motor with lofted profile
Range: 100 km
Altitude: 21 km
Speed: Mach 4
Guidance: Strap-down inertial guidance + datalink correction + active radar terminal guidance



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