PLA Chinese army test fires vehicle-mounted HJ-9 antitank missiles at high altitude


China Military Online on August 15, 2022, published pictures of live-fire tests of AFT-9 or HJ-9 antitank missiles carried on from WZ550 4x4 armored vehicle in the high-plateau region, at an altitude of 5,200 meters.
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A self-propelled anti-tank missile launcher attached to a combined-arms regiment under the PLA Xinjiang Military Command fires anti-tank missiles at a mock target during a recent live-fire training exercise in a shooting range at the altitude of 5,200 meters (Picture source: eng.chinamil.com.cn/Zou Wenchuan)


The AFT-9, or HJ-9 (HongJian 9) is an anti-tank missile developed by the Chine Defense company Norinco. This missile is used to attack enemy tanks and other armored or unarmored targets within ranges of 100 to 5,000 meters. During the military parade in Beijing on 1 October 2009, the missile was mounted to the chassis of a WZ550 4x4 armored vehicle.

The AFT-9 or HJ-9 anti-tank wheeled armored vehicle is equipped with four launcher tubes mounted on the top rear of the hull. In the road position, the launcher unit can be lowered. The HJ-9 / AFT-9 has a maximum range of 5km, while the minimum range is 100 meters. The launcher fires the HongJian 9 missile with tandem-shaped high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warheads to defeat tanks fitted with explosive reactive armor (ERA). The missile has a claimed armor penetration of 1,200mm, or over 320mm at 68 degrees. It might also be able to be fitted with high explosive or thermal effect warheads for use against non-armored targets or fortifications. The missile is driven by two solid rocket motors (one ejection, one cruise), with a maximum firing range of 5,000m. The missile has an extended probe on its head for greater standoff and penetration. For his self-protection, the vehicle is equipped with a 4-barrel 75mm smoke grenade launcher mounted to each side of the hull.


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A self-propelled anti-tank missile launcher attached to a combined-arms regiment under the PLA Xinjiang Military Command fires anti-tank missiles at a mock target during a recent live-fire training exercise in a shooting range at the altitude of 5,200 meters (Picture source: eng.chinamil.com.cn/Chen Lin)


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Troops assigned to a combined-arms regiment under the PLA Xinjiang Military Command mount anti-tank missiles onto a self-propelled anti-tank missile launcher during a recent live-fire training exercise in a shooting range at the altitude of 5,200 meters (Picture source: eng.chinamil.com.cn/He Xuan)


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