China PL-10E AAM with anti-stealth capability

China unveils 5th-Generation PL-10E AAM

15 December 2016

Key Points

  • The PL-10E will be sold as a potential weapons upgrade for existing 4th-generation fighter fleets, or as part of a package with the Chengdu J-10B or Shenyang FC-31 fighter aircraft
  • PL-10/PL-10E has a maximum range of 20 km

During the 11th China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition, or Zhuhai Air Show 2016, China unveiled the PL-10E, an export variant of the PL-10 5th-generation short-range imaging infrared (IIR) homing air-to-air missile (AAM), which itself intended to equip the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) 5th-generation stealth fighter aircraft.

The PL-10 SRAAM is produced by the Luoyang-based China Air-to-Air Guided Missile Research Institute (formerly the Luoyang Electro-Optics Technology Development Centre), a subsidiary of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) consortium, and the designer and manufacturer of all infrared (IR) homing variants in China’s PL (Pi Li/Thunderbolt) series AAMs.

Original post


Chinese short-range SD PL-10E at Airshow China 2016 exhibition


The exhibition Airshow China 2016 Shanghai Academy of Science and Technology (Shanghai Academy of Science and Technology) has introduced a new short-range missiles of “air-to-air”.

Maximum range PL-10E missiles shooting is 20 km, 160 mm diameter casing, swing tail 296mm, weight 105 kg. Rockets come into service fighter J-11 and J-20.



China’s PL-10 missile has anti-stealth capability J-20 will be overwhelming with its advantage


It is with us another “boss” (designer) level of characters, to PL-10E summed up 12 words, four words – “high mobility, large angle, anti-stealth, anti-jamming.” This summary, beam total given a high degree of recognition.

The key is 12 words

High mobility

High mobility contains many indicators, in general, we are the most intuitive, the most easy to accept, in particular, our senior military fans and enthusiasts is easy to accept an indicator that the missile overload can achieve?The other is how much flying angle of attack can fly (although these two figures may be too professional, but now the military enthusiasts and enthusiasts, are not used too much explanation, they are clear)? Specific to the PL-10E of these two indicators, the total beam that the maximum angle of attack reached the limit of aerodynamic design, the maximum overload of 60 G or more. Such indicators, in the world is what kind of a level? Liang always told us a little story. Like any kind of weapon, whether aircraft or missiles, research and development projects should be done before the research, through research to select a suitable weapon technical indicators, the so-called fit is both advanced and contains the possibility. Advanced nature, is to ensure that the successful development of weapons, which have certain technical advantages in combat. Possibility, is stressed by the requirements of weapons can be successfully developed, and will not become an “impossible task.” Such research involves many aspects, including the relevant institutions abroad and the field of top researchers to communicate. Liang said that they had to a country on the initial set of PL-10E some technical indicators to explore and consultation, a number of other technical indicators put out one by one, the other said, no problem, can be achieved, but talked about the maximum Angle of attack, the other said a bit weird. The answer to Leung is, “We can not do it, maybe only the Americans can do it.” This story clearly illustrates how the PL-10E’s high maneuverability in the world is. With such a high mobility, which means that the missile once the target, no matter how the target “play with flowers,” want to get rid of the missile lock, at least from the mobile point of view, there is no hope.


Large angle

The so-called large angle, is that we often say off-axis angle. Off-axis angle of the operational use of air-to-air missiles, the significance is very important. Because only the target in the air-to-air missile off-axis angle within the angle range, to launch missiles. For third-generation air-to-air missiles, the maximum off-axis angle can reach 30 degrees has been very “cattle”, because it means that as long as the target in the plane about 30 degrees midline, can launch missiles.

So, PL-10E off-axis angle how much can it? Beam always said its maximum off-axis angle up to several times the third generation of air to air missiles. This means that targets within the front-half of a combat aircraft can attack as long as they are within the effective range of the PL-10E. Such a large off-axis angle, with advanced airborne fire control system, especially with the advanced helmet sights, it means that in the pilot’s head within the scope of activities, be able to “see what, hit where.” This is significantly more than the traditional third-generation air-to-air missiles a big step forward. Its practical significance lies also – if the use of traditional third-generation air to air missiles, aircraft in order to lock the target, you need to adjust the nose point, the process time is too long, and you move, others are moving, the real lock is not easy. But if you have a positive 180-degree range of such a shooting, in the vast majority of cases, do not change the nose point, you can attack each other.



The emergence of four generations of machines, so that air combat to stealth into the era, how to fight stealth fighters, this is a worldwide problem. But stealth fighter “stealth”, mainly for radar, of course, there will be some of the stealth measures for infrared detection. But its infrared stealth effect, far less than the effect of radar stealth so good. According to the introduction of the beam, the world’s most advanced stealth fighter, the other’s radar detection and locking distance can be reduced to one-third or even lower, but the discovery of infrared photoelectric detection equipment can be compressed one-third of the distance not bad. Moreover, PL-10E uses infrared imaging guidance, which is the so-called staring focal plane array of such a guided way, even the most advanced stealth fighter, but also escape the lock of the bomb.



PL-10E anti-jamming where to come from? As a result, PL-10E using infrared imaging guide, radio interference is basically ineffective. So, on the PL-10E, the effect of infrared interference what? Similarly, because the PL-10E is infrared imaging guidance, in the guidance of the missile’s “eyes”, the target is no longer an infrared electric light source, but according to the infrared shape imaging of such a goal, since has “imaging “Well, then want to deceive it, it is difficult a lot. The traditional way of infrared interference, that is, we often see, the aircraft release infrared interference bombs, like Japanese aircraft in the Diaoyu Islands over the time to do so. This measure, on the third generation of air to air missiles, or have a certain effect, but the PL-10E such infrared imaging seeker, the effect is much worse.

With these four properties, PL-10E if mounted on the F -20, it certainly is even more powerful.


Type: Guided Weapon Weight: 85 kg
Length: 2.9 m Span: 0.45 m
Diameter: 0.13 Generation: None
Properties: Anti-Air Dogfight (High Off-Boresight), Capable vs Seaskimmer
Targets: Aircraft, Missile
IIR Seeker – (PL-10E) Infrared
Weapon Seeker, Imaging IR
Max Range: 18.5 km
PL-10 – (2018) Guided Weapon
Air Max: 20 km.


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