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New mistery 12x12 Transporter Erector Launcher unveiled in China 21208151

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New mistery 12x12 Transporter Erector Launcher unveiled in China
Pictures have surfaced of what is believed to be the largest ever Chinese military vehicle for transporting and launching missiles. This new 12x12 vehicle is a Transporter Erector Launcher (TEL) vehicle, which is used to quickly transport and fire surface-to-air, cruise and ballistic missiles.
New mistery 12x12 Transporter Erector Launcher unveiled in China 640 001China's new 12x12 TEL vehicle recently discovered
Chinese drivers have recently spotted a new version of the vehicle, which appears similar to the military's to the all-terrain 8X8 TEL for the CJ-10 land attack cruise missile (LACM), but it's much, much bigger. It appears to share a similar powertrain to the CJ-10 TEL and has the same width, but it's much longer; it has 6 axles with 12 all-terrain wheels. There's an extended section above the first and second axles, which would likely hold additional personnel and equipment for missile launch and flight corrections. Also, it has a satellite communications dome, suggesting that it requires higher bandwidth for datalinks necessary to operate a more sophisticated missile.

Most notable about the new TEL are its two giant mystery missiles. While the standard vehicle carried three missile canisters, the new TEL carries only two missile canisters, suggesting a much wider missile.
New mistery 12x12 Transporter Erector Launcher unveiled in China 640 002China's new 12x12 TEL vehicle recently discovered
Also, even though the new TEL vehicle is longer, its missile canisters still extend to its rear bumper, showing that the new missile is wider and two to three meters longer.

The new TEL is speculated to transport the YJ-18 anti-ship missile, a Chinese adaptation of Russian Klub rocket/cruise missile technology, which has a range of 540 km. The Klub missile uses a discardable turbofan engine to cruise at subsonic speeds for most of its flight, and then uses a rocket engine to reach supersonic speeds of Mach 3 in its final 50 kilometers of flight.

However, greater diameter of the new missile could point to other possibilities, such as the long-range surface-to-air and anti-ballistic HQ-26 missile, an ultra long-range (4,000km+) cruise missile, or another large supersonic cruise missile.

The new missile launch vehicle – its increased sophistication, along with a likely larger missile it will carry – shows China is dedicated to its goal of developing and deploying new weapons as it extends its reach in the Asia-Pacific region.



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