A new type of self-propelled, 35-millimeter caliber eight-wheel anti-aircraft gun, independently developed by China, is in action. Photo: Screenshot by China Central Television
China recently revealed a new type of self-propelled 35-millimeter eight-wheeled anti-aircraft gun equipped with two surface-to-air missiles. Chinese analysts noted that it was an excellent choice for air defense tasks on the ground.
Independently developed by the Chinese arms industry, the self-propelled anti-aircraft gun is equipped with advanced radar and fire control systems, and can act as an autonomous combat unit, making it a top-of-the-line product among many. other anti-aircraft guns, China Central Television (CCTV) reported last week.
Without introducing the designation of the weapon, the CCTV report stated that the eight-wheeled cannon system is highly mobile and can accompany mechanized troops to provide air defense cover, making it an excellent choice for a combined arms brigade. Medium-sized in field as well as air defense tasks as well as drone combat, according to CCTV.
“We have built detection, tracking and strike functions into the system and the system can complete all of these tasks while it is moving,” according to the lead designer of the anti-aircraft gun at state-owned China South Industries Group Corporation.
The weapon uses a 35-millimeter caliber single-barrel cannon with the same combat capability as its two-barrel predecessors, as it uses an all-new rotary autoloader that dramatically increases its rate of fire, according to the report.
The rotary autoloader which can also improve the accuracy and reliability of the weapon was difficult to develop due to high design and material requirements, CCTV said, noting that the Chinese arms industry has resolved successfully all the problems.
A set of two air defense missiles is mounted on the right side of the turret next to the gun.
Compared to self-propelled anti-aircraft guns using tracks, wheeled vehicles have higher mobility and range, are more difficult to detect and have a better chance of survival, Wei Dongxu, a Beijing-based military expert, told Global Times.
In addition to air targets, the cannon can also be used against ground targets, Wei said.