Chinese Army Unveils MV3 4x4 Anti-Tank Vehicle Armed with HJ10 Missiles

Recent photographs circulating on social media platforms reveal the latest addition to the People's Liberation Army (PLA - Chinese Army) arsenal: an anti-tank vehicle based on the 4x4 MV3 High-Mobility Vehicle, equipped with the advanced NORINCO HJ10 Anti-Tank Missile System.
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The new Chinese Army anti-tank vehicle is based on an MV3 4x4 vehicle armed with HJ10 anti-tank guided missiles. (Picture source Twitter @jesusfroman)

The MV3, known for its agility and speed, is a staple in the PLA High-Mobility Brigades. Its integration with the NORINCO HJ10 system, a state-of-the-art anti-tank missile, suggests a significant enhancement in the PLA's ground combat capabilities. The combination of the MV3's rapid deployment capabilities with the firepower of the HJ10 missile system is expected to provide the PLA with a formidable edge in modern warfare scenarios.

While official statements from the PLA or the Chinese government have yet to be released, defense analysts worldwide are keenly observing the development. The integration of these systems underscores China's commitment to modernizing its military forces and keeping pace with global advancements in defense technology.

The NORINCO HJ10, known for its precision and range, is one of the latest additions to China's growing inventory of advanced missile systems. When paired with the MV3's high-mobility features, it offers a combination of speed, agility, and firepower that can be a game-changer on the battlefield.

The NORINCO HJ-10, also known as "Red Arrow 10", is a Chinese ground-launched anti-tank missile developed by Norinco. This missile boasts a tandem high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead, which is capable of penetrating up to 1,400 mm (55 inches) of conventional steel armor that's protected by explosive reactive armor. The missile's maximum operational range is 10 km (6.2 mi), and it has the capability for pre- or post-launch lock-on.

The HJ-10 missile is characterized by its cylindrical body with a hemispherical head cowl. Designed according to the normal aerodynamic scheme, it features X-shaped wings in the middle part of its hull, which unfold after launch. The missile is equipped with solid propellant launch and marching engines. The recessed taper-type marching engine nozzles are located on the side surface of the rocket, just in front of the rudder. The missile has a length of 1850 mm, a hull diameter of 165 mm, and a launch weight of 43 kg. Its cruising speed is 150 m/s, but while diving on the final section of its trajectory, its speed can accelerate to 230 m/s.

One of the standout features of the HJ-10 is its advanced guidance system. This system is a combination of a television/thermal imaging (IIR) homing head, an inertial system, and a two-way fiber optic data transmission channel. The image of the target generated by the homing head is transmitted to the operator's console, and control commands are sent to the missile via the same channel. This sophisticated guidance system allows for a wide range of combat applications, including fire-and-forget technology, command guidance, composite paths, target acquisition, and redirection after launch. There are also plans to upgrade the HJ-10 by replacing the fiber optic data channel with a radio channel.

The missile can hit targets both directly and from above using different types of combat units. Potential combat equipment options for the missile include a tandem cumulative warhead (with armor penetration of 1200-1400mm homogeneous armor) and a "kick core" type warhead designed for hitting targets from an upper projection.

The NORINCO HJ-10 is a state-of-the-art anti-tank missile system that combines advanced guidance technology with powerful warheads, making it a formidable weapon in modern warfare.

Defense News October 2023